Erasmus 'proud' as Munster book Champions Cup last eight spot

Erasmus 'proud' as Munster book Champions Cup last eight spot

MUNSTER Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus said he was ‘proud’ the province had managed to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup for the first time in three seasons.

However, Erasmus was also keen on keep a check on expectations levels following his side’s teak tough Champions Cup victory away to Glasgow on Saturday night.

Munster secured a 16th Champions Cup quarter-final place in 22 seasons when edging past their PRO12 rivals 14-12 in a high octane encounter.

Erasmus’ side can secure a precious home quarter-final in the Champions Cup by defeating French champions Racing 92 at Thomond Park next Saturday, 5.30pm.

Erasmus said: "If the players play as hard as they can and that takes us as far as possible, I think we would be stupid to put targets out there.  

"We are still a fairly new team, a fairly new management team, so it's difficult to gauge where we can go.

"But if we avoid picking up a lot of injuries and keep our form like this, I think we've got a chance of getting somewhere.

“Obviously, we would be stupid if we stop here and our aspirations stop here. That would be stupid.

“We are proud that we’ve reached the quarter-finals and next week will be very important to see who we play.

“We will enjoy tonight and then we’ll go back to it tomorrow and see it realistically. Because I thought tactically, especially for 25 or 30 minutes after half time, we were really poor.

“Then at the end, we were actually really street smart. So there’s a lot of work to be done, but we will enjoy it.”

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