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Howlett mauls 'unacceptable' Munster and urges improvement for Edinburgh

MUNSTER captain Doug Howlett has called the province's recent performances "unacceptable" and has demanded a massive improvement this weekend to resurrect their Heineken Cup hopes.

Saturday's 17-6 defeat to Cardiff was hardly ideal preparation for a make-or-break clash with Edinburgh in Murrayfield this weekend, but the Kiwi is looking to right some wrongs in Scotland.

"There'll be huge disappointment on the back of that performance and result," said Howlett. "That edge will be carried into next weekend's game because back-to-back losses are something Munster doesn't accept and we'll be looking to right this next week."

The worrying thing for Rob Penney will be his side's lack of penetration, but Howlett is confident that Munster can regain the attacking prowess they had earlier in the season.

"We can score tries. And we've already shown during the season that we can score tries," he added.

"The tries usually come after a few phases. Teams are usually very solid defensively for the first couple of phases and it's after you wear them down that the cracks appear.

"We have shown the ability to do that this season. Our issue against Cardiff was that we made so many unforced errors (29) that we weren't able to get past two or three phases of play. That's what really undid us.

"For the style of game we want to play, the two things we cannot afford are high penalty counts and high error counts. We were let down by individual errors against Cardiff."

Munster scored a bonus point victory over the Scottish side earlier in the Heineken campaign but Howlett is guarding against complacency.

"They have dangerous players all over the park and we're certainly not taking them lightly," he said.

"They have improved from that first European game and we know we're going to be in for a real battle."

One of the most intriguing battles of the weekend will involve Howlett and giant wing Tim Visser, who bagged three tries when lining up opposite the Kiwi in the Rabo earlier this season.

"He is obviously a dangerous player but each game is different," he said.