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McGahan: Work to do

Munster may have moved five points clear at the top of Heineken Cup Pool One but head coach Tony McGahan insists his side have plenty to do if they are to be involved in the business end of the competition.

Munster secured a gritty victory over the Scarlets to jump five points clear of the Welsh region with two rounds of pool games to come next month. While McGahan was pleased with the result, which owed much to James Coughlan's second half try and Ronan O'Gara's goal-kicking, he said his side had been hoping for a 'more complete performance.'

"We have a lot of belief in what we can do and what we can achieve," admitted the Australian after the gritty 19-13 success.

"We want to be growing in this competition and taking the game forward each week, especially the way we fought so hard in the previous three rounds.

"Coming here, we were expecting a more complete performance. The players are disappointed with the performance.

"We really came here to improve what we have been trying to do. While we got through, we recognise we have a hell of a lot of work to do.

"The big thing for us is to control the scoreboard, but also the clock. We have worked so hard for our points and then let the opposition straight back in with three points, field position, etc.

"If we have any thoughts of going any further in this competition, we need to make sure we recognise that.

"You need to give the Scarlets credit for the way they came and played. There was a real conviction about how they wanted to play."


From Belfast Telegraph