Erasmus not setting targets for Munster

Date published: January 14 2017

Munster boss Rassie Erasmus was eager to downplay suggestions of how far his side can go in the Champions Cup after making the quarter-finals.

Saturday's narrow win at Scotstoun booked Munster's spot in the last eight, taking them six points clear of Glasgow Warriors.

Stressing that the current Munster setup in his first season in charge was still "fairly new", Erasmus added that any future success in the competition will come down to keeping the squad healthy.

"If the players play as hard as they can and that takes us as far as possible, I think we would be stupid to put targets out there," Erasmus told reporters.

"We are still a fairly new team, a fairly new management team, so it's difficult to gauge where we can go.

"But if we avoid picking up a lot of injuries and keep our form like this, I think we've got a chance of getting somewhere."

Erasmus also had no problem with Glasgow Warriors doing their best to contain Conor Murray with some questionable work off the ball around the ruck area and by focusing on him as a threat.

“They did, and that’s why they’re Scottish internationals," he added.

"As we all know they’re street smart and they get your ‘9’ on the ground after he’s kicked and they’ve got little plans like that, which sometimes work and sometimes don’t.

"After all of that it’s good to win the game.”