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29th Apr 2010

Munster must improve – Quinlan

Munster back row star Alan Quinlan admits the team must eradicate the errors of recent weeks – because they will get no second chances against Biarritz this weekend.

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Munster back row star Alan Quinlan admits the team must eradicate the errors of recent weeks – because they will get no second chances against Biarritz this weekend.

Tony McGahan’s side meet Biarritz in an eagerly-awaited Heineken Cup semi-final tussle in San Sebastian on Sunday.

Munster, who are without injured captain Paul O’Connell, go into the game on the back of a disappointing Magners League defeat at home to the Ospreys last weekend.

But Quinlan, in an exclusive interview with JOE.ie, insists that confidence is high, and that the Munster players believe they can find the necessary improvement to beat Biarritz in their Basque backyard.

He said: “The mood in the camp is good. We’ve been there before, losing Magners League games before big Heineken Cup games, and managed to turn it around.

“We certainly would have liked to have beaten the Ospreys, we didn’t play particularly well and made a lot of errors.

“Sometimes that can tell you a lot of stuff you need to work on and we’ve worked hard this week in training. We certainly won’t be able to make those kind of mistakes and get away with it, because Biarritz will punish them.”

For more, including Quinlan’s thoughts on the murky breakdown battleground and his recollections of last year’s Heineken Cup semi-final, when he received a suspension which ended his dream of representing the Lions, access the full JOE.ie interview here.

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