Press Pass: Lawrie on Munster
Hear from Assistant Forwards Coach Stevie Lawrie as he spoke with the media ahead of Friday night's Guinness PRO14 match against Munster at Irish Independent Park.
On having McInally back in training
“It’s massive. Mikey Willemse has played really well, but Stu coming in for what we’d call the non-23 last week, his energy is great. He was running all of Bordeaux’s reps and he was outstanding- trying to get the most out of those guys so that we can get the most out of the 23.
“He’s your top 10 percent. He comes into work every day and his output is outstanding. So, if involved, he will bring that energy to Munster.
“He seems rejuvenated, he seems excited. it was obviously a tough campaign for all the Scotland guys but he seems refreshed. His detail is excellent. This is the first time I’ve worked with him since I played with him and I’ve been very impressed with how he operates.”
On the challenge of Munster
“As we said, the European stuff is exciting and a welcome break from the league but our bread and butter is the league, and this is a massive game particularly dropping points away to Treviso when we had opportunities to win.
"To go to Independence Park, we’ve got to be right on it and be as sharp as we can be because it’s a vital game. They’re top of our conference so it’s important league points."
On the team’s confidence following Bordeaux-Begles
"We want a bit of reaction to the weekend as well. You don't want to be reactive but this is an occasion for a reaction because we very much feel it was two points dropped. Bordeaux are an outstanding side but we put ourselves in a position to win that game and the draw felt more like a defeat afterwards. We reflected on that.
"Last year we went to Independence Park and did not do well, not as well as we wanted certainly, I think it was 30 points in the end. We know that and we are going there needing to get conference points, they are in our conference and leading it so it is vital we are switched on to our task."
On what to expect from Munster
"Independence Park has an artificial pitch – I'm not sure what the weather is to be but possibly rain. Hopefully they will play a bit of rugby. Everybody is talking about the Larkham factor. I think I saw something in the press about there being a couple of tip-one from CJ Stander and that was representative of the difference he has made.
"You want to play exciting rugby but also to make sure you are playing winning rugby and sometimes that is not always the flashiest, just robust and vigorous."