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Despite a career blighted by injuries, Munster fly-half Joey Carbery showed in Saturday’s Champions Cup Round-of-16 win over Exeter Chiefs that he still has plenty to offer the Irish province and is eager to kick on after that fine showing.
Carbery finished that match with a 21-point haul courtesy of a try, four penalties and two conversions as Munster overturned a five-point first leg deficit to clinch a 26-10 win which ensured a 34-23 aggregate victory over the Premiership outfit.
And the 26-year-old Ireland international is determined to kick on as the season progresses.
“I am always trying to build on my game,” Carbery told the Irish Examiner. “Playing with someone like Damian de Allende, he has tons of experience so being able to chat to him in the week and then little chats on the pitch here and there and he is telling me how he wants the ball, so that hopefully indicates how I will do my job.
Keen to improve
“Working together in units has helped me a lot. Playing space, playing heads-up rugby is something I have been okay at but I want to get a lot better at. Being able to do that with guys and bringing them with me and then some guys like Doogs (De Allende) and Zeebs (Simon Zebo), they can see space and all I have to do is trust the call and I know they have made the right call, so being able to trust them is a big thing.”
Carbery, Peter O’Mahony and Simon Zebo missed the first leg against Exeter at Sandy Park due to injuries and illness but their return for the Thomond Park encounter was a shot in the arm for Munster as all three impressed in the win.
Munster’s excellent performance meant there was a great atmosphere at the stadium, something which wasn’t lost on Carbery, who believes there’s a bigger challenge at hand for the team’s current players when they take to the field.
“Massively. It’s so much bigger than just this team when we go out,” he added. “Every day that we go out there, we want to put what the jersey stands for in a better place. The history of this club is way bigger than us and we want to keep improving on that. It’s an incredible team to be a part of and an incredible place to come out and play at.”
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