Jerry Flannery reflects on Munster's trip to Paris

He was speaking to Off the Ball

BY Simon Maguire 08:42 Saturday 14 January 2017, 8:42 14 Jan 2017

Munster’s John Ryan, Billy Holland, Jack O'Donoghue, David Kilcoyne and Dave Foley. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Munster coach Jerry Flannery joined Off the Ball to discuss Munster's return to Paris last weekend and their match with Glasgow this weekend.  

Looking ahead to the pivotal clash with Glasgow Warriors on Saturday he said: "It's boiled down to it yeah...the result to Leicester away put us in this position but we still feel we're in good shape going into the game.

"For Glasgow, Europe has been something that has eluded them over the last few years and with Gregor Townsend and Dan McFarland leaving, they're probably going to go all out for this game now. So it's up to us to try and spoil their party,' he added.

Looking back at the emotional return and win in Paris last weekend the Munster coach said: "We were very happy with the way the game went. I think we slacked off a bit in the last 20 but  in terms of going out to implement our game plan and hopefully not letting them into the game - that worked well for us.

Munster's Peter O'Mahony leads his team off the pitch at the end of the match
Image: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

"I think the lads executed well. The work rate was the important thing going into the Racing game because when we looked at them they've obviously got fantastic players, right the way through their squad whatever team they put out.

"But the main thing we saw in the point of difference was around our conditioning and we could probably put back-to-back efforts better than them and if you can do that you don't let them into the game. They don't get a sniff at your breakdown and you can just keep shifting the ball and moving that big heavy pack around the field and it worked for us," he added. 

Flannery was keen to emphasise the difference between the two domestic tournaments, citing the higher speed at which the games in the PRO12 are played, saying: "I don't think the pace in the French league is quite as high as it is in the PRO12 and I think it's a point of difference.

"I think ROG even spoke about looking at the age profile of the players that they've signed and a lot of players don't tend to go to France early in their career looking to develop and win things.

"They go there because it's probably a really nice lifestyle and a chance to make a few quid as well whereas a lot of lads are in that stage of their career where they are working as hard as they can. They require more coaching time and they're not the complete product, he added. 


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