Earls: Munster must be as clinical as Leinster

Earls: Munster must be as clinical as Leinster
Keith Earls at training this week. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

KEITH Earls reckons that Munster will put the frustration they felt after losing to Leinster last weekend to good use on Saturday when they face Exeter Chiefs in the Heineken Champions Cup.

The flying winger says that Munster must learn to be more clinical like the reigning European champions if they are to overcome one of the Gallagher Premiership highflyers at Sandy Park.

“When you see the amount of chances we created, we were held up over the line twice, a couple of things didn’t go our way, and all the possession we had, we knew Leinster could be unbelievably clinical, which they were. And that is what we are trying to get to. 

"That is where we are trying to get to, to be like Leinster, who, when they get chances, score four out of five. That has been frustrating for us. We are working on it.

“Saturday left us both frustrated but also confident because it is probably the best we have played back-to-back, two weeks in a row, in a long time. Between kicking and running, I think we got the balance right.

“Sometimes you lose and you think it is a crisis. But look back at the Ulster game and remember how clinical we were there. Backing it up was great albeit we didn’t take chances. But we gave the European champions a run for their money and we probably could have won the game.” 

Of his yellow carding during last weekend’s game, he said he couldn't believe how his opposite number went down so easily.

“Obviously it was a split second decision. I did come in contact with him [James Lowe] but he's a big enough lad, I didn't think he would go down that easy, but look, if you go by the letter of the law, yeah, it probably is a yellow card but a penalty try I don't think so. 

"Whether I was going to hold him up or the ball was going away from, he was reaching but that's the decision the referee made.”

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