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Near Clean Bill Of Health From The Weekend.
9 September 2011, 2:21 pm
By The Editor
Munster report a near clean bill of health from the opening RaboDirect PRO12 League 20-12 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons at Musgrave Park.
Hooker Mike Sherry picked up a slight shoulder injury and a decision on his participation in the game against Glasgow will be delayed until later in the week. Further good news is that BJ Botha is back training this week while Darragh Hurley is expected to resume training next week.

Botha's progress will be monitored this week before a decision is made on whether or not he'll be included in the squad for Glasgow and the same applies with Ian Nagle who picked up a shoulder knock against London Irish.

Tomas O'Leary's activity continues to be confined to the gym as he rehabs his lower back injury and Felix Jones sees a London based specialist later this week to have his foot injury further assessed.

Meanwhile Tony McGahan having reviewed the video today saw no reason to alter his opinion of the performance. " I was pleased with certain aspects of the game. Certainly our second half defence was very solid. In a lot of our attack we were able to hold some good shape and put Dragons under a lot of pressure. But some inaccuracy in our kicking a few areas like that we'd like to take forward this week but overall a solid performance."

He also expressed his satisfaction with the two tries scored. "The second try was certainly off the training pitch. An executed first phase is always nice to complete. To get one so early in the season is great but some really good execution there. Then a lot of people involved in the first. Some really good counter play, good interchange play. Excellent delayed pass from Ian Keatley, great work by Johne Murphy and then a super back-up line by Danny Barnes.

"You work to progress the skills of the players and to see them linked together like that was pleasing. It would have been nice to get a few more and we created some good opportunities but look overall as I said, happy with that."

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