Foley happy Munster picked up ‘four bonus points’

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster's Peter O'Mahony celebrates after his side won a scrum late in their Guinness PRO12 clash with Leinster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday night
HEAD coach Anthony Foley insisted he was happy with the four points Munster picked up against Leinster on Saturday night and not regretting his side’s inability to pick up a bonus point.

HEAD coach Anthony Foley insisted he was happy with the four points Munster picked up against Leinster on Saturday night and not regretting his side’s inability to pick up a bonus point.

Munster bagged three first half tries against their arch rivals through James Cronin, Robin Copeland and Ian Keatley to lead 28-9 at half time at the Aviva Stadium.

Munsters’ ill-discipline gave the hosts a way back into the game in the second half however, as a Darragh Fanning score and a penalty try capitalised on Man of the Match Conor Murray, Dave Foley, Damien Varley and BJ Botha’s spells in the sin-bin.

But further penalties from Keatley and substitute JJ Hanrahan ensured Munster won the game 34-23, moving up to fourth place in the Guinness PRO12 table.

Anthony Foley said: “I am happy with the four bonus points we got. I think they are valuable as we go forward. The way the game turned in the second half, I thought ‘we will take the win’. We had a lot of fellas coming on and off, chopping and changing, trying to get a bit of freshness and energy out there.

“We haven’t won up here in a while.

“These games are local derbies. They are against guys you want to get ahead of in the national pecking order. This is your moment and your opportunity.

“I thought the boys controlled themselves pretty well out there, an excellent defensive display and getting some reward for the work we were doing around attack. Apart from the first 10 minutes of the game, I thought we controlled territory quite well.

It was their first victory at the Aviva Stadium in six attempts and Foley admitted he was delighted with the way his side turned the screw on their rivals.