Belfast Telegraph

Munster boss relieved after win in Cardiff

By Alex Bywater

Rassie Erasmus described Munster's performance as "dreadful" as they eked out a 23-13 away win over Cardiff Blues.

Rory Scannell's late drop-goal and a try from Conor Oliver secured another last-gasp success over Welsh opposition, just weeks after the Reds had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against the Ospreys.

Although this was another example of the gritty resilience within this Munster squad - after the loss of injured out-half Ian Keatley in the 21st minute they still came home with the spoils - Erasmus was not a happy man as he challenged his players to improve.

"It was not a good performance. It was actually a dreadful performance because of the weather, but we were gutsy," Erasmus said.

"Relieved is the word to describe it. It was a see-saw game and with the conditions it could have gone either way. But the guys showed a lot of composure and I'm happy with the win.

"I was nervous all the time, even when we were 10 points ahead late on and we had a kick charged down. It was probably not one of our best performances, but emotionally and belief-wise it was a great display."

Leinster's thrashing of Scarlets means that despite their win in Cardiff, Munster remain third.

"We have an important 'A' game, a quarter-final (against Ulster 'A'), so some guys will get an opportunity," added Erasmus.

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