MUNSTER FORWARDS COACH Anthony Foley insists the province won’t be forced into changing their game plan against Racing Metro on Sunday as they won’t know until kick off what is required of them.
“We won’t really know until Sunday what we need to do so it’s about making sure we’ve prepared as well as we can with the game plan we have.
“That’s a solid platform, so hopefully it’s about execution.”
The former back row also believes Munster can learn from last weekend’s win over Edinburgh.
“We understood the opportunities were there for us and it was about making sure we could execute under pressure and so, when we build a lead, the anxiety and stress levels go up in our opposition and they start making mistakes, not us.”
However, unlike last weekend, Foley believes Munster won’t be found wanting if the opportunity to score four tries presents itself.
“In fairness to Edinburgh, they got a couple of good turnovers, a couple of set-pieces, and they were able to execute plays off that and, unfortunately for us, we conceded two soft tries.
“That gave them momentum, a bit of belief, if we’d gotten that third try it might have taken it out of them. It was like taking our foot off their throat but we’re still damn glad to get four points out of the game and remain alive for Sunday.”
Foley also hopes not to see a repeat of the problems that seemed to affect the lineout last weekend.
“I think we’d eight lineouts in the game, the first two went awry but after that we were perfect. That sort of stuff doesn’t happen in training but, unfortunately, in a pressure game, we had one or two errors there.”
However, with their future in the competition on the line, Foley is confident that Munster’s experience will be enough to see the province through.
“I think there’s a lot of calibre in our side and experience on the staff and I think we know what it might take until the 79th minute on Sunday.
“It’s a simple process of trying to win the game first and then doing what it takes to get to the quarter finals.”
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