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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Jordi Murphy can't imagine Leinster life without Champions Cup

Jordi Murphy
Jordi Murphy

Jordi Murphy has never known the bad days. And there were plenty of them before 2009.

There is still a mathematical possibility Leinster could find themselves in the unthinkable position of not qualifying for The Champions Cup next season.

Imagine? "I can't imagine not being in Europe, but we know that we have it in our hands and we've got to make sure that we are," said the Ireland flanker.

They will earn peace of mind by taking a minimum of seven points from their last two PRO12 League matches at home to Benetton Treviso on Friday, where five points will be the aim, and away to Edinburgh on Saturday week.

The Scarlets and Edinburgh are only four and five points away in sixth and seventh, respectively.

"We know that if we turn up like we have in some games this year, we're going to get turned over by a good side," he said.

"In fairness, considering how poor the start of the season was for them, they've really improved."

Murphy pointed to Treviso's 24-all draw at home to Leinster as the start of their resurgence, though they have been really inconsistent since then.

"I think that spurred them on," he added.

"I wouldn't be surprised if they think that they can come over here and, maybe, cause another upset."

Leinster have to revert to their natural game to stay ahead of the game.

"We need to inject a bit of pace into our game," said the 24 year-old.

"We had a very good start against Ulster but then tailed off. They got their heads up and a head of steam and got the crowd behind them.

"The support will be there (at The RDS). It's always there and we need to rile them up and get that 16th man behind us.

"We know what's at stake, it's being in Europe or not and we know what we need to do."

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