Finn Russell Chris Farrell pinpoints two key areas where Munster have improved under senior coach Stephen Larkham

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Finn Russell Staying positive: Chris Farrell says Munster are playing with more clarity despite their disappointing run of form
Staying positive: Chris Farrell says Munster are playing with more clarity despite their disappointing run of form

Towards the end of last season, after Munster’s European exit, centre Chris Farrell went public with his dissatisfaction with the team’s attack.

At the time, only Glasgow and Leinster had scored more tries than the Reds in the Guinness Pro14, but they had struggled to break Saracens down and were looking less and less potent by the week.

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Felix Jones left at the end of the season and was replaced by the internationally renowned Stephen Larkham. The former Australia international drew praise for the way Munster played early in the season.

In recent weeks, however, the tries have begun to dry up and the line breaks have been harder to come by.

Since their 21-21 draw at home to Racing 92 in November, Munster have not topped the 20-point mark during a tough run of fixtures that has seen them win twice and lose four times.

In Europe, their total of seven tries in four matches sees them rank alongside a clutch of teams out of the running. Only Lyon, with five, have touched down less frequently.

Yet, Farrell believes that the team’s attack is in better shape than it was a year ago and reckons the team-shape and the clarity around their plan will see them crossing the white-wash regularly in no time.

“I think we have improved massively this season,” he said. “I know you could say last weekend (against Ulster) wasn’t great, the weekend before (against Leinster) was even less, but I think as a group, collectively, we are impr

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