“We’re gradually putting ourselves in a better position” | Andi Kyriacou and Calvin Nash look ahead to Edinburgh clash on Friday

Munster chalked up their third win of the 2022/23 URC campaign last weekend in their Interpro derby with Connacht.

Munster are on their travels this weekend as they face a tough away trip to Edinburgh this Friday in round nine of the United Rugby Championship.

The red province are fresh from their 24-17 Interpro victory over Connacht, their first win in the Championship since the 15th of October with Calvin Nash, Roman Salanoa, John Ryan and Niall Scannell scoring tries for Rowntree’s side.

Connacht led the game 10-5 for a period of time but Munster showed great character to fight back and withstand their pressure to seal a valuable bonus point win.

In the aftermath of the game, Munster coach Andi Kyriacou confirmed they’ve been working hard on improving their scrums ahead of Friday’s clash and that use each game to review their performance and not their opponents.

“We’ve gone through our review process, as we always do, firstly we’ve looked at ourselves not looked at what Connacht were up to, it’s how can we get better ourselves and we’ve done some good work in and around that as a front row yesterday and then collectively today and we’ve just built that again.

“So no, we’re aware of it, we’ve got to be better in that area and we’re doing everything we can to put right those areas for the weekend.”

Speaking to the press, Kyriacou also analysed Friday’s opponents Edinburgh and commented on their success around their maul but is confident in his own side’s ability to combat their strength.

“They have a lot of success in and around their maul, so again it’s something we’ve highlighted. We’ve had some good tests in that area against Ulster and South Africa in the past few weeks so, you know we feel that we’re in a good position to face what’s coming at us at the weekend.”

12 December 2021; Munster elite player development officer Andy Kyriacou during the Heineken Champions Cup Pool B match between Wasps and Munster at Coventry Building Society Arena in Coventry, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

After scoring his first try in Thomond Park, Calvin Nash was also on media duty and reflected on his province’s season so far.

Despite a slow start, Nash believes that they are progressing well as time goes on and there’s been no sign of panic from players or coaching staff alike as they are still in contention for a spot in the top eight.

“We started slow and we obviously didn’t want to start the way that we did but I think we’re gradually putting ourselves in a better position and if we keep improving on our performances and heading in the direction that we want to go then, you know there isn’t that many points in the difference of us making the top eight so we’re not panicking here we’re just going to keep playing our own game and hopefully then that’ll get us some points.”

A win for Munster on Friday would be the first time they’ve been able to string consecutive domestic wins this season.

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Munster face Edinburgh this Friday at 7:35pm in round nine of the United Rugby Championship.

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