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Published: 10:32 | 30/4/16

Stander pleased with Munster poise

Captain impressed by bonus-point victory

Captain CJ Stander was impressed by how his Munster side performed in a crucial Pro12 victory over Edinburgh on Friday night.

Munster's 27-19 bonus-point win saw the Irishmen take over from the Scots in sixth place, which is the final qualifying position for the Champions Cup.

Tries from Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo and Andrew Conway saw Munster lead 20-13 at the interval but Jason Tovey penalties left just a point between the sides entering the closing stages.

Francis Saili's late try, however, saved Anthony Foley's men from the prospect of a damaging Thomond Park defeat.

Stander cited a conversation with former Munster star Doug Howlett in praising his troops.

"I played golf with Dougie last week," the skipper said, "and he told me 'pressure is for tyres', so I think that was a good quote.

"I think there was a bit (of pressure) to perform - all week we said it was on us, the players, to look after our destiny in the matches, so I think we handed the pressure well."

Looking both to the win over Edinburgh and ahead to next Saturday's clash with the Scarlets, Stander added: "It's good to get the tries but I think it's the small stuff that we need to fix - that they can't get the points on us.

"The lead in the first half was good but it would be better if we didn't give them points.

"We needed to come out in the second-half and score points but we played to the end, and that's a thing we've missed all year.

"I'm proud of the boys for coming out and getting their tries."

Elsewhere on Friday night, Connacht's hopes of securing a home fixture in the Pro12 semi-finals suffered a blow with a shock 22-21 defeat to Treviso in Italy.

The Westerners lost top spot in the table to Glasgow, who hammered Zebre 70-10.

A victory for Leinster over Ulster in Belfast on Saturday would see the Dublin-based outfit take over in first place and push Connacht down to third.

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