Munster scrum-half Conor Murray has said that “small margins” are the key to turning around his side’s slow start to the Guinness PRO12 campaign.
The province’s 19-14 loss to the Ospreys was their second home defeat this season and Murray says it’s the fine margins that are costing them results.
“There is belief and talent within the squad. It comes down to really small margins and it’s just about players clicking and getting a few more things right,” he told Munster‘s official website.
“We’re creating the opportunities and line breaks. I think our line breaks are well up on this time last year so we’re getting into the positions we need to be in. Retaining the ball is another area we need to work on and if we can fix that and convert our chances we’ll be in a much better place.
“I’d be more worried if we weren’t creating these chances in the first place. What we need to correct are simple things and we can rectify them in training. It’s doesn’t take too much skill or effort to do so, it’s just about having the mind-set that this needs to get done.
“It’s by no means panic stations and there’s a few players still to come back from injury and that excites me.”
Munster next game is against Irish rivals Leinster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, with Anthony Foley’s men set to be underdogs in Dublin, despite both having lost two games.
“Obviously people are going to write us off – we haven’t given them any reason to back us. It’s going to be a long and frustrating week at training but no better way to get it right than up in the AVIVA Stadium,” added Murray.
“There will be no problem getting up for the game at the weekend. It’s Leinster away in front of a huge crowd – 40,000 plus hopefully and our lads will be well up for it. It’s the games where stadia are half empty is where we need to worry about our performance. We need to give fans a reason to come and see us.
“When our backs are against the wall we seem to up it and that can’t be the case anymore. We need to go out and have a real hunger to perform from the off, be aggressive and play with serious intensity, not just doing so when it’s really needed.”