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Erasmus eyes improvement ahead of visit to Glasgow

Ospreys 16 Munster 21

By Alex Bywater

Munster director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, has challenged his players to improve further despite a third straight Guinness PRO14 victory of the season.

At the Liberty Stadium, the visitors were dominant and would have won by more had Tyler Bleyendaal arrived in South Wales with his kicking boots.

Tries from man-of-the-match Jean Kleyn and wing Darren Sweetnam were enough to seal success and Bleyendaal eventually ended the game with a conversion and three penalties.

Erasmus was nonetheless at pains to point out his belief that Munster must go up a level if they are to make it four from four away to Glasgow on Friday night. “We made a lot of errors, but we managed to grind out the win. We have a lot of work to do if we are going to beat Glasgow next week,” he said.

“It was a very scrappy game, but we played under par, particularly in the second half. I was very concerned and nervous at that point and we made a number of individual errors.

“There are plenty of things for us to sort, but I’m just pleased to get the win.”

The Ospreys were poor and their head coach, Steve Tandy, hit out at his players for what he perceived as a lack of effort.

James Hook scored their try with a sublime solo effort and out-half Sam Davies kicked 11 points, but Munster fully deserved to come out on top.

Kleyn was the game’s stand-out performer and he echoed Erasmus’ words.

“We are pleased, but with any performance, there are things to work on and that’s the case again,” said the former Western Province and Stormers forward.

“All the credit has to go to the pack. We’ve got good leadership and kept a lid on the panic quite well. When we realised it wasn’t all going our way, we regrouped and worked a little bit harder on what we needed to do.”

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