Van Graan cites discipline as a work on going forward

Munster made a perfect start to their Champions Cup campaign over the weekend with a 32-13 win at Liberty Stadium.

Heineken Champions Cup Round 1, Liberty Stadium, Swansea, UK 16/11/2019 Ospreys vs Munster Munster players celebrate James Cronin’s bonus point try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Gary Carr

Aside from picking up a bonus point in the dying minutes of the game thanks to James Cronin, and a Man of the Match performance from Jeremy Loughman, Van Graan cited one element of his side’s game to work on ahead of welcoming Racing 92 to Limerick on Saturday.

“Most games are won in the second half. I thought we did some good things in the first half. Our discipline, one or two high shots were just too high. We have to get that down.”

“We were pretty calm at half-time. We identified some areas of space. They started the second half pretty well but we had a nice set play from the forwards sending Tommy (O’Donnell) down the blindside with Earlsie (Keith Earls) finishing in the opposite corner.”

Heineken Champions Cup Round 1, Liberty Stadium, Swansea, UK 16/11/2019 Ospreys vs Munster Munster’s Peter O’Mahony celebrates James Cronin’s try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Meanwhile, Munster Captain Peter O’Mahony also felt that discipline was something to be wary of in what was otherwise “Mission Accomplished” on the night in taking all five points on the road.

“I thought we defended quite well but one thing for me was the discipline. Certainly away from home it’s something we’d hang our hat on but we were ill disciplined if anything. But our attack shape was good at times.”

“I said to the lads inside: you can never take for granted getting five points away from home in this competition. It’s a difficult, difficult thing to do.”

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