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Penney is not looking beyond Treviso game

Quentin MacDonald

By AIDAN CORR
AS Munster face into the business end of their current season, coach Rob Penney isn’t looking any further than the visit of Treviso to Thomond Park this Saturday (7.15).
“Three big games coming up, the next two in the Rabo and then Toulouse in the Heineken but with Keith (Earls) and Damian Varley back training and the Irish guys hopefully making a return for the Leinster game, I’m happy with the situation at present,” said Rob this week.
“Yea, some of our guys who did not make the Six Nations ties will be hurting and will want to put in good performances against the Italians but so will many of the Treviso line-up after the big defeat at the hands of England. We will take a lot of confidence from our performance against the Scarlets. Even though we lost, I was happy with aspects of our game. Saturday’s tie will provide some of the fringe guys in our squad with an opportunity to impress.”
Penney will be hoping that some silverware for his side would provide a nice going away gift when he leaves for Japan at the end of May. He appears to be confident that his current squad is good enough to make a bold bid on two fronts and the arrival of New Zealander Quentin MacDonald is a further boost.
“The Leinster game is going to be huge but I am slow at present to further than Saturday. That Aviva Stadium fixture will be very close to Munster against the Six Nations champions. Leinster are a hardened side, a quality team and they will provide a big challenge for us, no doubt about that.”

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