O'Connell out to match Ireland triumph with club honours
5 May 2014 13:37pm
O'Connell was part of Ireland's RBS 6 Nations-winning side this year
Ireland lock Paul O'Connell believes club side Munster are clicking nicely into gear and they prepare to chase a first domestic triumph since 2011.
Munster are just one point behind Scottish outfit Glasgow Warriors in the hunt for a home semi-final after a 55-12 win against Edinburgh on Saturday.
Alongside O'Connell, fellow Irish internationals Conor Murray, Tommy O'Donnell and Simon Zebo were also in action in Edinburgh as Munster laid down a marker for the play-offs.
However, the 34-year-old, who helped Ireland to RBS 6 Nations victory earlier this year, believes the scoreline may have flattered Munster.
"We made a lot of breaks playing that kind of rugby and it is satisfying knowing we can play that kind of rugby," he told the Irish Examiner.
"We mauled well at times earlier this season but it's good to know we can mix it up when we want to.
"We had a hell of a lot to play for with an outside shout at a home semi-final, and trying to secure third for ourselves, whereas Edinburgh probably didn't have a lot to play for.
"We didn't start well but once we got the ball in our hands we were very good at exploiting opportunities. Our first try was a really good one where we pulled them from one side of the pitch to the other and finished it off well."
While Simon Zebo admits he was disappointed to be left out of Ireland's final game against Scotland, the winger insists he is pleased with his overall contribution to his side's RBS 6 Nations title triumph.
England Under-18 head coach John Fletcher insists his young side will be better for the experience after beating Italy in the bronze final to round out their 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship campaign in style.