Graham Rowntree not thinking of play-off permutations : Planet Rugby

Graham Rowntree not thinking of play-off permutations : Planet Rugby
Graham Rowntree not thinking of play-off permutations : Planet Rugby

Munster boss Graham Rowntree revealed that the permutations of clinching a top-two finish in the URC standings is not bothering him after they moved to the top of the table for the time being courtesy of their 29-26 bonus-point win over Edinburgh on Friday .

Although the defending champions are now assured of hosting a quarter-final, they are not guaranteed a semi-final home as Glasgow and Leinster can move above them on the table if they clinch notch victories over the Lions and Ulster respectively on Saturday.

Focused on Ulster clash

Rowntree and the rest of the Munster team are now fully focused on their last regular-season encounter in the URC against Ulster at Thomond Park on June 1.

“Honestly, it is not spoken about,” he told The42.ie. “The next game is what is talked about, analyzing our next opposition. Competition is high and we’ll look to win that game against Ulster.

“All the permutations for home quarter-finals and home semi-finals… you’ve got to win what’s in front of you.

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“There’s a few places I’d like to go more than others, don’t get me wrong, but we have that real belief because we know we can go to difficult places and win.”

Munster have now won five away matches in a row and eight for the season and had to dig deep to beat Edinburgh. They only secured the result in the game’s closing stages when Jack Crowley slotted a penalty.

‘One of the toughest games’

“It was one of the toughest games we have had,” Rowntree said. “But I’m delighted with that. It was far from perfect but we showed some real guts there, because we were dealing with a lot.

“It was all going against us, particularly the penalty count, but that’s just something you have to manage.

“With a six-two bench there is a bit of jeopardy involved, particularly when you lose a back in the first half.

“But you’ve still got to be brave with your forward bench, and we got the likes of Tom Ahern and RG Snyman on early and they made a big difference again.”

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