MUNSTER’S stand-in captain Denis Hurley believes a clear sweep of wins for the province during the 6 Nations window would provide a massive boost heading into the business end of the Guinness PRO12 season.
Munster jumped up to second place in the PRO12 table on the back of a 33-16 win over the Cardiff Blues at Musgrave Park on Friday night.
The win was achieved despite Munster being without the services of 29 squad members who are either injured or on 6 Nations duty with Ireland. Munster face four PRO12 fixtures during the 6 Nations period continuing with an away tie against the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday, 2.40pm.
Denis Hurley said: “The next three games are massive. If we come out of this block with four wins it is a massive step towards the end of the season, especially for the international lads coming back in.
“Obviously they will have been through quite a tough period of 6 Nations rugby and for them to come back in to a winning team, would be a great boost. For us, as well, we have to take it week by week. The old cliche is going to be popping up.
“We have been over to the Scarlets so often and it is never easy.
“It wasn’t perfect tonight, but we had pockets of play where we produced really good rugby. It is great to see the young lads who were playing were able to step in and fulfil a role, really perform at that level. That showed when we got points on the board in the second half when we scored some good tries.
“It was brilliant to captain the side. Obviously, the win makes it that bit better as well.”
Hurley said the squad had benefitted from the warm-weather training week in Lanzarote.
“Training-wise the week in La Santa was good. With the internationals away, a lot of the younger lads get the opportunity to train with the squad more, get more detail on what happens. Rory Scannell and Luke O’Dea came into the side when (Ian Keatley) Keats and Andrew (Conway) were ruled out and did very well.”