Munster coach Rob Penney is relishing the prospect of taking his side to Wales this weekend as they revisit the scene of their thrashing at the hands of the Ospreys in the league semi final back in May.
Penney doesn’t see Saturday’s game as a revenge mission for Munster because the personnel on both sides have changed significantly from that dark day in May, when the men in red were hammered 45-10.
“It is a new team. I think there are a lot of players out of both sides who have moved on,” he said. “There is certainly a willingness for that sort of performance not to occur again on our part and I’m sure they are really keen to replicate theirs. It is not really a source of motivation, but it is something the guys do not want to happen again,” he said.
Instead, he wants his team to focus on continuing their good start to the season which has yielded three wins from four games and brought them to second in the league. He is also pleased with how Munster are implementing the style of rugby he is encouraging them to play.
“So far I think we’re happy where we are; if you take the results and you think about where the team is going, in terms of the rugby stuff that is being delivered, I am over the moon. The bonus on the back of that positivity is that we were able to get some results in the early part of the competition, which is all good,” Penney explained.
The Ospreys went on to beat Munster in the final of the Rabo Direct PRO 12 but the defending champions have endured a rocky star to their title defence and Munster will head to Wales full of confidence that they can add to the Ospreys’ early season woes. Penney still feels there are areas the team needs to work on to meet the challenge that the Ospreys will present.
He added: “When we get our scrum right, we’re fine, I think there is some technique stuff that teams bring to a game that can be a bit disconcerting; we’re focusing on us and there are parts of our game we need to get better with. Looking through the whole tournament, there are challenges at scrum time.”