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Anthony Foley calls on Munster to be more clinical despite triumph at Treviso

Munster head coach Anthony Foley has urged his side to show more of a cutting edge after battling to a 28-5 Champions Cup triumph over Benetton Treviso.

Early scores from wing Ronan O'Mahony and prop David Kilcoyne had the Irish province seemingly in control before Munster made some unforced errors and Treviso's powerful pack got the hosts back in it thanks to a drive-over try from Marco Lazzaroni.

Conor Murray ghosted through to score in the second half, though, and O'Mahony sealed the bonus point and a comfortable win for Foley's side, who were already out of the Champions Cup.

But the former Munster back-row wants his side to be more clinical for the remainder of their campaign.

He said: "It was a bit scrappy at times, but I thought we started really well by getting the 14 points.

"We gave them a foothold back in the game and they got some dominance in the scrum at the end of the first half, which allowed them to build pressure on us as we conceded penalties and got a yellow card.

"I talked at half-time about us having a serious lack of control. We made good breaks, but made poor decisions about when to pass the ball.

"It's just the lack of execution at times. The two scores for us came a bit early and we got a bit loose.

"We put a good physical stamp on it but, after we scored a couple of tries, we thought we could score from anywhere, which is the wrong attitude to have."

He added: "We're over in Parma next week and Zebre have had an excellent run of results.

"It's going to be a tough game for us and we understand that. We need to get on the road and get a performance worthy of a result.

"The support was excellent (on Sunday). It was unusual to be away and have 50 per cent of the support."


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