MUNSTER Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus described Friday night’s stunning win over the Maori All-Blacks at Thomond Pak as ‘very pleasing and satisfying.’
Munster outscored their fancied opponents by four tries to two to record a highly impressive 27-14 victory before a sell-out crowd.
Afterwards Erasmus said a high level performance, with so many Irish stars away on autumn international duty, had been Munster’s target for the game. The fact the home side won the fixture had been a bonus.
Erasmus said: “It was a new experience. It keeps on getting more special. It is nice to play against a quality side like that. I would have been happy with a good effort.
“Seeing all the young guys out there and seeing how they perform and handle the occasion and the pressure, a win would have been an absolutely bonus which it is.
“Overall, it was very pleasing and satisfying. It was definitely a quality team we were playing against. They really have skilful players and we got the result which really wasn't the aim in the beginning, that aim as to put a good effort in.
“If you look at the squad, out of the 23, with one or two guys in their second year in the Academy who have made debuts. You have a guy like Brian Scott who just came into the mix, Peter McCabe who put up his hand up the last three to four weeks.
“Darren O'Shea, together with John Madigan, Conor Oliver at flank, overall itis pleasing to see the guys believing in the structures, the plans and perform.
“Apart from the result we are building depth and have confidence in the depth which is nice.”