Munster’s Simon Zebo has revealed that the side have a mixed feelings about their last-gasp 27-26 victory over Sale last weekend in the Champions Cup, with a poor first half not deemed acceptable by the squad.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Zebo said: “We were pretty disappointed with our first half performance, but all in all we’re happy to come away with the points, so morale is up now after the morning review is over now.”
A 4,500-strong Munster following attended the game in Sale and the winger was full of praise for the province's fans.
“Yeah, it was incredible, and most of them were still waiting outside the ground afterwards as well. It was unbelievable support. It felt like a home game,” said Zebo.
“It’s incredible. They travel far and beyond to support us. And we’re glad to pay them back with a thrilling win.”
Munster trailed 23-7 at the break against Sale, but were a revitalised team in the second period. However, Zebo said head coach Anthony Foley was very calm in getting his side to turn around their fortunes.
“Axel calmly grouped us together and got us thinking about what we needed to do to change the scoreboard" - Simon Zebo on Anthony Foley's half-time team talk
“Axel calmly grouped us together and got us thinking about what we needed to do to change the scoreboard and the main thing, I suppose, was holding onto the ball,” said Zebo.
“We knew we had a strong wind behind us, so we just had to keep possession and knock up a few scores.”
Looking ahead to this Friday’s clash with Saracens, the winger was in no doubt that the Premiership side, and last season’s beaten European Cup finalists, will represent a huge test as Munster look to go two from two in the Champions Cup.
“It’s an important game definitely. Sarries are on serious form at the moment, they’re one of the best teams in Europe,” said Zebo.
“We can’t afford to have a slow start, like we did last weekend. So, we’ll have to go all guns blazing.
“I think Thomond Park will get the best out of us again.
“There’s no holding back, it’s a vital game for the pool standings. It’s hugely important and we’re well aware of that.”