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Munster win for the fans - Penney

19th January 2014 17:53

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Repayment: Rob Penney

Munster boss Rob Penney revealed the chance to play another European match at Thomond Park this season was a huge boost.

Penney's side won on the road in last season's quarter-finals against Harlequins, before bowing out in the semi-final away to Clermont.

The two-time champions will have to travel on the road again should they reach the last four, either to France against Toulon or a neutral Irish venue against Leinster (most likely the Aviva Stadium), making the home quarter-final against Toulouse all the more sweeter.

"One of the things we spoke about was our magnificent supporters who follow us around Europe and everywhere we go," said Penney.

"For the lads, it was a small reward for them to be able to come and watch us here at home, for the season ticket holders to be able to come and watch them play at Thomond Park.

"As a cauldron it is a very difficult place for any team to come and play. To have that opportunity to play one more European Cup game on our home ground is great - wonderful reward for the lads' efforts."

Munster ran in six tries in as they comfortably outclassed Edinburgh on Sunday, with Penney proud of his squad's professional approach.

"We were really focused on getting the job done in a really professional way, which was a great sign," added Penney.

"You shouldn't underestimate Edinburgh for a start. But I was really excited about the potential for us to get Edinburgh on a firm track and the proof is in the pudding.

"Knowing what was needed beforehand could have been a distraction. It is a great credit to the lads that they just went about their task and focused on being in one moment at a time and just doing the job.

"It is very easy to get anxious if the points are not coming when you know a bonus-point win is what is required to get a special outcome.

"It was nice for us to know as a group. The one pleasing thing is that we did not get distracted by it."

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