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Foley wants ruthless Munster after Treviso win

Treviso 5 - Munster28

By Alex Lowe

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. It's just the lack of execution at times.

"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."

Clermont Auvergne crashed out of the European Champions Cup after getting their sums wrong in a dramatic finish to their final Pool 2 match at the Stade Marcel-Michelin. The home side would have progressed through to the quarter-finals with a losing bonus point but they failed to realise the significance of a last-minute penalty awarded to them in front of the posts and, instead of going for goal, ran the ball in a vain attempt to score a fifth try.

Clermont had led 28-20 after 62 minutes but conceded 17 points while down to 14 men to suffer a 37-28 loss to Bordeaux-Begles. It ended Clermont's 25-game winning run at home in Europe as they finished bottom of the group in which Exeter booked a place in the knock-out stages thanks to a bonus-point win over Ospreys.

Clermont made a dream start by racing into a 14-0 lead after six minutes thanks to tries from Jonathan Davies and Noa Nakaitaci, both converted by Morgan Parra.

However, forwards Berend Botha and Sebastien Taofifenua both powered over for tries, goaled by Lionel Beauxis, as Bordeaux drew level and two penalties from Baptiste Serin put them 20-14 in front.

When Damien Chouly and Paul Jedrasiak went over for quickfire tries, Clermont looked to have booked their last-eight berth but Bordeaux made full use of the extra man, with Paulin Riva and Peter Saili scoring tries that broke the hearts of the home fans.


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