MUNSTER assistant coach Stephen Larkham says Munster are miles ahead of where they were last season.
Using the game at Allianz Park on Saturday against Saracens as a yard-stick compared to their semi-final loss last season to the same opposition, Larkham can see big improvements.
However, he says there are still plenty of work-ons, especially with games against Connacht and Leinster looming large.
“If you compare the semi-final last year with the game we played on the weekend we are miles ahead of where we were at and I think everyone feels that within the team.
"At the same time, we have a fair bit of improvement within the team and we've spoken a little bit about that this week. We've got a game against Connacht and some of the players who played at the weekend aren't going to be here this week.
"We'll take some lessons out of the Saracens game and we'll continue to learn those lessons over the next couple of weeks when the players come back into the bigger squad."
He also reckons that Conor Murray’s game last weekend was one of his best of the season so far.
"There are little things we're working on, like all the number nines, slight changes to last year that all of them are working through and Conor's no different to that,” says Larkham.
"He's making improvements. I thought his game on the weekend is one of the best that I've seen him play.
"There's satisfaction for the player and also for the coaches when you see games like that, where players have actually improved and taken things on board.
"I think we're at the stage now where we're all on the same page, there's been that drip-feeding of information for those four rounds when we've had the full squad together but now we're combining together on the paddock."