Andrew Conway is confident Munster’s home defeat to Cardiff Blues has served as an ideal kick in the behind ahead of tomorrow’s Guinness Pro12 trip to Newport Gwent Dragons.
The full-back looks set to continue in the back three when director of rugby Rassie Erasmus names his matchday squad this afternoon having made a try-scoring first appearance of the season in Cork last Friday on his return from a cruciate knee injury and a series of pre-season niggles. It marked the end of a frustrating pre-season for Conway, who suffered rib, neck and groin issues after rehabbing the grade 2 MCL injury sustained in the final game of last season. And he says the 24-23 defeat to the Blues, coming after a strong away win at Scarlets, means Munster have this week been revved up and looking to make amends at Rodney Parade.
“You want to be able to adjust yourself up on a weekly basis but sometimes that’s just not the case, that’s sport. You learn your lessons.
“Training was different last week. Last week’s Tuesday session was particularly poor. There were plenty of dropped balls. I don’t know if lads were off the pace mentally and that does count. It’s not just switching on and switching off.
“You get out of the weekend what you put into the weekend most of the time. I know sometimes it’s different but (this Tuesday’s) session was a lot different. It was hard at it, both teams going toe-to-toe and the lads who weren’t selected were brilliant.
“When you’re told that you are not selected it’s not the most enjoyable day, especially the lads who are close to being selected. For the lads to get fired up like they did on Tuesday and really challenge the team that they are playing is massive and they really did that.”
After a solid personal performance last week, Conway is looking to further his claims to the number 15 jersey in the continuing absence of the injured Simon Zebo but is conscious that competition for places is as fierce as ever.
“It’s so competitive everywhere that every time lads are playing they need to be playing really well. Even though we lost last week you could see good performances out on the pitch. Especially in the back three. I’m quite happy with how I went last week at full-back and pretty confident that going forward I can nail it down.”
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