MUNSTER scrum-half, Conor Murray insists the province is not far away from clicking as Anthony Foley’s side gears up for a mammoth Guinness PRO12 clash with Leinster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 6.30pm.
Misfiring Munster suffered their second home defeat of the season against the Ospreys at Thomond Park, a result which saw the province slip to sixth place in the table, one spot behind this weekend’s opponents Leinster.
Munster and Ireland scrum-half Murray agreed the province needs to be more clinical in attack as the side chases a first win at Lansdowne Road in eight years.
Murray said: “There is pressure on us, but I think we are not far away from clicking. Ospreys are a top team, in flying form, top of the league scoring a huge number of tries so far this season.
“We knew it was always going to be a tough battle. It was close, but it is always going to be those areas, those little things that are letting us down consistently at this stage. We just got to keep working hard, keep trying to make it happen.
“Converting chances is definitely one of the main things we are going to gave to work on. It is just quite frustrating at the moment but, in saying that, we are still doing a lot of things quite well. We are a good side. We just need to go on a little bit more.
“I think in the second half against the Ospreys, conditions worsened and I think they controlled it a bit better than us.
In saying that, we got into their ‘22 a couple of times and gave away penalties, coughed up possession and they are crucial times in the game when you need to come away with points, or a penalty or stay down there. In fairness, the Ospreys did that a bit better up at our end.”
Meanwhile, Limerick clubs will be looking for an improved set of results in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League this weekend after Garryowen recorded the only local success on Saturday.
In Division 1A, Young Munster will be determined to bounce back from their weekend mauling at the hands of Terenure College when the Greenfields side host Old Belvedere at Clifford Park.
In Division 2B, third-placed Garryowen will be looking to record their third win in four when making the long trip to Deramore Park to take on Belfast Harlequins. Fourth-placed UL-Bohs entertain Ballymena on Thomond Park’s back pitch, while bottom side Shannon will be anxious to record their first win of the campaign away to Corinthians.
In Division 2A, Thomond travel to Rifle Park to face Banbridge. The three local sides in 2B have home games, with Bruff hosting Sunday’s Well, Old Crescent taking on DLSP and Richmond entertaining Wanderers. All 2.30pm kick-offs. All four divisions in the AIL take a break until Saturday, November 1, after this weekend’s games.