MUNSTER head coach Anthony Foley believes the intense nature of their squad training sessions has been a key factor in the province’s strong bid for a top four play-off spot in the Guinness PRO12.
Second-placed Munster resume their assault on a play-off place - and a home semi-final in the PRO12 - when locking horns with Benetton Treviso at Musgrave Park this Saturday, 3.05pm.
There are now just three series of regular season fixtures to go in the PRO12.
Munster complete their programme of fixtures away to Ulster and at home to Newport Gwent Dragons.
Foley’s squad has also been boosted by the return to full fitness of a number of injured players.
“We’re not so much peaking, but a lot of the injuries we had in the early to middle part of our season have come back,” Anthony Foley said.
“There’s so much competition in the side and when we train it is at a level of intensity now that forces players to prepare properly for training.
“Through that, players are getting the benefit of the weekend, and standards have come up because they can’t get away with it during the week.
“We’re better than what we were at the start of the year. That happens naturally anyway, you evolve over the year and in a year’s work you’d like to think it makes people better.
“You don’t need to stand over things with players as much as you would have in October. You want to make sure they’re all turning up and remaining competitive. We’ve got three quality sides left in the competition, everyone’s got something to play for, and it’s important we look at it as one game at a time.”