Heineken Cup 2014: Rob Penney hails Munster after emphatic win
Heineken Cup 2014: Rob Penney hails his Munster side after a 47-23 win against Toulouse at Thomond Park on Saturday
Rob Penney praised his Munster side after they produced a stunning performance to defeat four-time Heineken Cup champions Toulouse 47-23 to reach an 11th semi-final in 15 years.
It was a classy display from the Irish province with six different try scorers crossing the line and outside-half Ian Keatley kicking 15 points as they put the beleaguered French side to the sword at a raucous Thomond Park.
ou could look along one to 15 and the guys who came on, they were so determined to do well for each other
“It was great to get the win but the performance was outstanding,” said the Munster head coach, who will leave the province at the end of the season.
“It’s not a secret how dangerous Toulouse are and great credit to the lads both sides of the ball. They were terrific and you need to be against a side like that.
“They all had to play big. If we had any weaknesses they would be exposed and we talked all week about everyone having the best game they could have in the Munster jersey.
“You could look along one to 15 and the guys who came on, they were so determined to do well for each other and the spirit is there and is going to see this organisation well for a period of time.”
Munster were ahead within five minutes through Keith Earls—who was on the bench when Munster defeated Toulouse to win the trophy in 2008—and never looked back, despite keeping Toulouse in the game with infringements at the breakdown.
When captain Peter O’Mahony went off with a shoulder injury at the end of the first quarter, there would have been some worry among the Munster faithful, but his replacement CJ Stander—who was unlucky not to start—put in a man of the match performance in attack and defence.
Despite the margin of victory, it could have been greater with Penney admitting both sides missed chances.
“I thought there were opportunities to get another couple of scores,” he said. “They probably had a couple as well but to be up into the wind and playing the way we were was a great joy when we came in at half-time.
“We just encouraged them to keep going, do what they were doing. There wasn’t a lot of need to change anything. It was about bringing the same excitement we had in the first half into the second half and they did that certainly with a couple of nice tries.”