Johann van Graan has revealed that he gave Munster’s players some time off after the heartbreak against Toulouse in the Heineken Champions Cup.
Munster’s European campaign was ended the weekend before last as they came out second best in a place kick shoot out against Toulouse, as the sides couldn’t be separated after 100 minutes of rugby.
The result was obviously a tough one to take, although Munster still have a chance of winning silverware this season, as they sit in second place in the URC table with one round left to play.
Van Graan was speaking at a press conference ahead of Munster’s game against Leinster this Saturday and revealed that he gave his squad some time off in the wake of the game against Toulouse.
Johann van Graan on giving Munster a rest.
“We gave the guys a few days off. We only reconvened last Thursday and then we went through the game, went through the process like we do normally after every single game,” Van Graan explained.
“We have one day of training and then gave the guys a long weekend. Together with the disappointment of the draw and then losing by virtue of a kick out, the other point was we had 10 or 11 games in a row.
“The guys definitely came back fresh on Monday and we’re looking forward to another fixture against Leinster in the Aviva.”
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A major weekend lies ahead.
Although Leinster and Munster will both be very eager to win Saturday’s interprovincial derby, there is a lot more on the line for the latter.
Leinster will finish first in the URC regardless of the results at the weekend, while Munster could finish as high as second with a win, or as low as sixth with a loss.
A loss could see Munster have to travel to South Africa in the playoffs, something which Van Graan is eager to avoid.
“We’ve got to go to Dublin and play against the current champions in the URC. We’ll obviously want to play at Thomond Park in a quarter-final,” Van Graan said.
“So we’ve got to go and make sure we perform and hopefully get the points to put us in that position. In terms of the other teams, if you don’t get the points you might have to go to Belfast, or you might have to go to Cape Town, Durban or Pretoria.”