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Graan predicts that Munster will be hungry for victory tomorrow

DESPITE the two festive season defeats at the hands of Leinster and Ulster, head coach Johaan Graan believes Munster are in a good place as they face into the business end of a long season.
“It’s been a tough few weeks and we were on the wrong end of two results. I can’t fault the intensity of our first 40 minutes against Ulster and we had focussed on a very good start. We got those three tries in the first half and we could have been 24 up had we got the kicks. It was very disappointing to concede a yellow and a red card which cost us the game,” the head coach told us.
Before the result of the hearing regarding Sam Arnold’s red card, Johann said: “I thought that there was no intent from Sammy (Arnold) but we will take whatever comes out of it on the chin. If he gets a ban we will accept that. Billy Holland will be a big loss this week and it was a pity that we lost five guys over that game.
“I did not watch the Leinster v Connacht game live but I saw the recording of it. Connacht have had a few ups and downs during the season but they have certainly looked good in recent weeks. They maul pretty well, the back three are dangerous on the counter-attack, they have physicality and they clean-out (the rucks) quite wide, which is something we need to have a look at.
“We will see multiple changes for Saturday’s match. It’s been a busy part of the season, three games in 11 days giving certain guys chances. We have injuries in almost every position which is very frustrating as a coach.
“We have put ourselves in a position to compete in Europe for a quarter final place and we are in a good position in our pool in the PRO14 so let’s just take it week by week and hope that byMarch we are still in the running for success.”

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