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Heineken Cup: Munster head coach Rob Penney targets Saracens double header after beating Edinburgh.

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Munster head coach Rob Penney quickly shifted his attention to the crucial Heineken Cup double header with Saracens in December following their 33-0 win over Edinburgh.

Penney's men claimed a bonus-point win - with all four of their tries coming in the second half - over last season's semi-finalists to get their campaign back on track after an opening round defeat to Racing Metro.

Saracens top Pool One after wins over Edinburgh and Racing Metro making Munster's showdown with the Aviva Premiership side at Thomond Park on December 8 and Vicarage Road on December 16 crucial to their hopes progressing.

Penney said: "The bonus point could be very important. The critical thing is we have a couple of massive games pre-Christmas against Saracens.

"We are still masters of our own destiny in that regard. If we do well then we are still in the hunt, whether we get bonus points or not.

"The performance today probably wouldn't be good enough to beat Saracens. We still have lots and lots to do.

"The most pleasing thing about this win was the way the boys embraced their work and got into it."

Edinburgh boss Michael Bradley admitted his charges had been "embarrassed again", a week after their 45-0 home defeat to Saracens.

"It is not looking good," admitted Bradley. "At this stage you won't be saying 'no' to qualifying for the quarter-finals...if we win the last four games and get four bonus points and scrape in as the number eight qualifier, which is very unlikely.

"Losing your first two games and getting no points is a recipe for being out of the competition. You have to acknowledge that.

"We are not necessarily worried about winning the Heineken Cup or the Amlin Challenge Cup now, we are more worried about winning the next (league) match against the Scarlets at this stage."

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