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Scannell loving Munster defensive attitude

Paul Eddison

8 Sep 2016

Munster made the perfect start to life under Rassie Erasmus and according to hooker Niall Scannell the biggest difference has been in defensive attitude.

Erasmus brought South African compatriot Jacques Nienaber with him to look after the defence at Thomond Park, and that was on full show as the Irish province opened their Guinness PRO12 campaign with a 23-13 win away to the Scarlets.

While the Welsh side dominated possession and territory early on, they could not turn that into points, with Munster weathering that storm before two first-half tries setting them on course for victory.

And as they prepare for more Welsh opposition this weekend, hosting Cardiff Blues on Friday for a first home game of the campaign, Scannell is loving life in the new set-up.

“There’s nothing hugely different technically to what we were doing last year but I suppose it’s just that there’s so much energy and enthusiasm and it’s rewarding if you’re getting off that line and trying to put shots on guys,” said Scannell.

“That’s something you will have seen from other teams in the league with a South African coaching influence. I can see why they love smashing us so much now because Jacques really brings that excitement to it and that reward for getting off the line and making your hits.

“So technically not a huge amount, more the approach he’s brought to it. It’s different and exciting for us at the moment.”

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