Anthony Foley: Our patience paid off

Munster coach Anthony Foley cast a cold eye on his team’s 27-19 win over Edinburgh in Friday night’s crucial Pro12 game in Musgrave Park, acknowledging that the visitors from Scotland had wrested the initiative from the home side at significant points in the contest.

“We scored some lovely tries and at times we managed it quite well.

“We let them back into the game after we had big moments and that really took the sting out of those moments. They came out in the second half with intent to hold onto the ball and we struggled to get primary possession.

“We got a couple of mauls going late in the game and that gave us belief. Scoring the fourth try showed great patience at a crucial point for us.”

Foley pointed to his side’s willingness to try something different, even at the beginning of the contest, as evidence that the players are willing to take chances — though that comes with a risk.

“We have been caught a few times being too adventurous, even at the start of the game, when Rory Scannell tried to flick the ball out to Andrew Conway, and he could have been away. You try to encourage them to make decisions. Once they have the willingness to show up and fight for each other, they can do something.”

The coach also pointed to the value of the crowd, which was vocal in its support of the home side, particularly in those nervy closing minutes.


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