Foley praises Munster players nerve in sealing vital Pro12 win

Foley praises Munster players nerve in sealing vital Pro12 win

MUNSTER head coach Anthony Foley praised his players ability to hold their nerve in sealing a nail-biting 27-19 bonus point victory over Edinburgh in their do-or-die Guinness Pro12 tie at Musgrave Park on Friday night.

As a result of the precious win, Munster leapfrogged Edinburgh into sixth place, the last qualifying spot for next season's premier European club competition.

Munster will need to beat Scarlets in their final regular season fixture at Thomond Park on Saturday next, May 7, 3pm, to seal their place in next season’s Champions Cup.

Head coach Foley said: “My feeling is one of happiness for the lads. All week they've been doing it hard.

“You often worry about them getting down, because there's no point them getting in themselves because they don't perform, they don't look to throw their passes, they get uptight.

“But from the start, I think Rory (Scannell) tried to flick one out to Andrew (Conway) early in the game. You know, sometimes these young guys don't have fear. It's good to work with these guys and it was good to see them express themselves.

“We scored a couple of lovely tries in the first half and we had a well-worked fourth try.”

Foley admitted feeling nerves when Edinburgh closed to within a point, 20-19, after 65 minutes only for Francis Saili to settle the home side’s nerves when pouncing for the bonus point try late on.

Foley said: “You always are. We prepared for that all week and talked about it being a tight game, both sides needed to go at it.

“They were sitting in sixth position, we were in seventh and wanted to be in sixth and they weren't going to hand that over easily.

“So it was a good contest. They seemed to like the scrum contest, we wanted to make it more of a lineout contest, so it became a good game of chase out there.”