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Heineken Cup: Munster head coach Rob Penney looking ahead

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Heineken Cup: Munster head coach Rob Penney looking ahead

Rob Penney: Sunday's game at Saracens is a 'must-win'

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Munster head coach Rob Penney was already looking to the return clash after beating Saracens 15-9 at Thomond Park.

The Irish giants are now level on points with the Londoners in Heineken Cup Pool One after Ronan O'Gara's five penalties secured a hard-fought victory.

Sarries should have got closer to their hosts, but England fly-half Owen Farrell endured an off night with the boot, although his late penalty did secure Mark McCall's men a bonus point.

Penney said afterwards: "They are all 'must-win' games to be fair. We are in a tough pool. But Sunday's game (at Saracens) is a must-win.

"It is something we have been really focusing on, is our discipline and our work with the referees," he added.

"We got to a point where we conceded four penalties last weekend and I think we were up at 18 or something this week.

"Both sides defended so well and the pressure of the occasion probably didn't let the skills unfold as well as both sides would have liked."

McCall said of his visitors: "We got off to a poor start and Munster were obviously very motivated. We lost a couple of set-pieces during that time. It gave them a lot of momentum.

"It was a frustrating kind of game because when we did have possession they were quite happy to give penalties away.

"The penalty count was huge against them. It was some consolation that we got a bonus point at the end."

Forthcoming European Rugby Champions Cup Fixtures
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday 17th October
European Rugby Champions Cup
19:45Harlequins vs Castres
Saturday 18th October
13:00Sale vs Munster
15:15Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne
19:45Leicester vs Ulster
15:15Glasgow vs Bath
17:15Racing Metro 92 vs Northampton
Sunday 19th October
17:15Leinster vs Wasps
15:15Toulon vs Scarlets
13:00Toulouse vs Montpellier
13:00Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso
Friday 24th October
19:45Munster vs Saracens
Saturday 25th October
13:00Ulster vs Toulon
19:45Scarlets vs Leicester
15:15Bath vs Toulouse
17:15Montpellier vs Glasgow
17:15Northampton vs Ospreys
Sunday 26th October
13:00Clermont Auvergne vs Sale
15:00Castres vs Leinster
17:15Wasps vs Harlequins
17:15Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92
Saturday 6th December
TBCMunster vs Clermont Auvergne
TBCSale vs Saracens
TBCCastres vs Wasps
TBCHarlequins vs Leinster
TBCUlster vs Scarlets

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