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Erasmus urges Munster belief for Ospreys battle

Guinness PRO12 Rugby Editor

2 Nov 2016

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Rassie Erasmus believes Munster must continue to honour Anthony Foley’s legacy and play with belief when they take on the Ospreys in the Guinness PRO12 at Irish Independent Park on Friday.

South African Erasmus was full of praise for Rory Scannell’s match-winning drop goal, which sealed an emotional 15-14 win over Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium last time out, insisting that desire to take risky chances would pay off in the big games.

The Men in Red moved fourth in the Guinness PRO12 with victory and are just three points off Friday’s opponents Ospreys, who are tied on 26 with leaders Leinster.

Though they are without the majority of their Irish international contingent, inspirational Peter O’Mahony is still available as he continues his injury comeback, and with the chance to go top if they beat Steve Tandy’s side, Erasmus is urging his side to take heart from their superb recent form.

“We will take a lot of belief out of that,” Erasmus said.

“We have to look at the way we played and I think that is a nice thing for me, for Rory Scannell to go for that drop goal, even if it was missed, it wasn’t as if we were sitting back and hoping for things to happen, we are trying to make stuff happen and that is exactly what we are hoping to do.

“Even if it had been a loss, I would have been fairly happy with the performance.

“I think our fitness really showed in the second half after a six-day turnaround from the Glasgow game which we are proud of.

“We cannot just, all of a sudden, forget Axel (Anthony Foley). Him not being here is one thing, and we playing for him last week against Glasgow, but we decided the way we want to play is the way he tried to coach us. I think that showed again against Ulster.

“We want to continue that legacy Axel was trying to instil into the team. That is a nice part.”

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