Tempers flared at training this week.
Following an encouraging opening day win over the Scarlets, Munster succumbed to a 24-23 defeat at the hands of the Cardiff Blues in Musgrave Park last week.
After the game, Rassie Erasmus was obviously disappointed with the performance, telling reporters ‘what we gained last week, we lost tonight’.
That frustration was equally felt by the players, who according to the South African coach, became entangled in a heated exchange on the training field this week. Although Erasmus didn’t reveal any further details, he told the Irish Independent,
If we play that bad it’s frustrating and you lose by one point and you are still in the games, it’s frustrating.
I think that’s what showed a little bit today, but it was nothing too serious. I think that’s competitiveness, but it’s frustration too.
Munster fans will be hoping their side can bring such levels of aggression onto the field against the Newport Gwent Dragons on Saturday. However the Reds will have to do without a number of injured players for the clash, including Tommy O’Donnell, Rory Scannell, Dave Foley, Simon Zebo, Stephen Archer and Robin Copeland.
However it is at midfield where Munster could really struggle, as new signing Jaco Taute is not yet ready to play, and Francis Saili is now expected to be out of action until the end of the year.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena