Video & Pics: Munster V Dragons
19th September 2016 By Munster Rugby
Action shots, video highlights and the post-match thoughts of Man of the Match John Ryan and Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus following Munster’s second win of the new Guinness PRO12 season, defeating Dragons 16-20 at Rodney Parade.
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Continuing his storming start to the season, captain Billy Holland was once again one of Munster’s standout performers and topped the tackle count of all PRO12 players in Round 3 with a tackle tally of 21. Jack O’Donoghue also ranked amongst the Top 5 tacklers over the weekend and, in terms of the overall PRO12 standings to date, Holland (53) and O’Donoghue (44) lie first and second respectively in the ‘tackles made’ standings.
Solid in the scrum and excellent around the park, John Ryan deservedly won his first ever Man of the Match accolade and speaking post-match, cited Munster’s physicality as playing a key role in Saturday’s win.
“We are coming on from last season, we had a poor campaign and we need to build because we’ve already seen that the league is getting very competitive. There are no automatic four or five point victories like maybe there were in previous seasons.
“We’ve seen in the last three games we are trying to be pretty physical and beat teams up front in the scrum and the maul.”
Erasmus also spoke with media following the game, and while happy with the win, the South African was quick to admit the performance was far from perfect.
“We can’t ignore where the team is coming from and where it’s going. We are ticking the boxes slowly. It’s not going to happen quickly; we have been struggling but what’s pleasing is the way we hung in there.”
“It wasn’t pretty. There was a lot of guts involved but you can’t go too far on just guts. There is a lot of things that needs to be sorted out.”
Next Home Game:
Munster return to Thomond Park for the first time this season on Saturday, hosting Edinburgh at 3pm.
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