Varley: Munster are still in it

Munster hooker Damien Varley insists the province are still in contention for this season’s RaboDirect PRO 12 title despite losing 19-13 to the Ospreys on Saturday night.

Munster hooker Damien Varley insists the province are still in contention for this season’s RaboDirect PRO 12 title despite losing 19-13 to the Ospreys on Saturday night.

The defeat, Munster’s fourth of the season and their second against the Ospreys, has left them third in the table, 5 points behind the Welsh outfit and 6 off league leaders Leinster.

With plenty of games to come between now and May, Varley knows it’s still all to play for but he admitted the team were frustrated by Saturday’s result.

“We’re still very much in it and you’re not going to win the league on any given day,” he told the Irish Times. “But we were coming over here with a view to putting in a performance a week before the Heineken Cup and we’re pretty disappointed with that.”

Munster had been in a commanding position, leading 10-3 thanks to a Doug Howlett try which Ian Keatley converted, adding to the outhalf’s 25th minute penalty.

However, tries from Richard Fussell and Rhys Webb in the space of five minutes inspired the Ospreys to victory and Varley admitted Munster weren’t clinical enough to finish the job.

“We’re very disappointed. Our execution wasn’t good enough, we made fatal errors and a lot of decisions went against us, particularly the last scrum.”

McGahan’s men can’t dwell on the result as preparations commence for the crucial Heineken Cup double-header against the Scarlets which Varley knows could make or break Munster’s season.

“The Scarlets are a very strong team and always have been. We have two big weeks against them and we will work hard to fix things.”

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