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Munster can do more to become a greater threat, admits Farrell

 

Chris Farrell
Chris Farrell

By Cian Tracey

Within Munster's four walls, there is an acceptance that they must evolve their attack if they are to return to former glories - particularly in Europe.

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It is an attitude that is shared from the top as it appears the club's hierarchy have given the go ahead for Johann van Graan to bring in a new attack coach.

That has filtered down to the players, and when you have one of the most important figures in Munster's attacking game plan being so honest and forthright, it is time to sit up and take notice.

Chris Farrell has missed plenty due to injury in his two-year spell, but he has become a key cog in the back-line.

The 26-year-old Fermanagh powerhouse outside centre has proven time and time again that he can run through players with his strength, yet in more recent times it is play-making ability and, in particular, his versatile range of passing that has caught the eye.

Expanding his own game has coincided with the increased amount of time that Farrell has spent in Ireland camp and in particular working closely with Joe Schmidt and Johnny Sexton, whom he credits with having significantly improved his skill set.

Back in Munster however, the team are still struggling to consistently hit the heights that the players and coaches feel they are more than capable of producing, and a quarter-final win over Benetton this weekend would help make up that deficit.

"I certainly try and play to my strengths," Farrell said of his role within the team. "That is the power game and having ball in hand and carrying.

"But I think we can do it more. Even in terms of using me as a distributor or as someone just to suck in defences because eventually teams will realise that I may be used to get momentum and adjust their defences.

"We can definitely find space outside of me or behind me - whatever way we can by manipulating defences by using me in different ways."

The frustration within Farrell is easy to see and when asked if that is the case and if Munster can add more strings to their bow, he admitted: "Yeah, that is fair. It is the last aspect of our game that really needs to kick on because everything else is so good.

"Our defence in general has been the best in the competition this season and our set-piece is working really well.

"So if we can change our attack a slight bit, then we will be a lot better."

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