Monday 24 October 2016

McQuilkin confident Leinster can rediscover their attack

Jonathan Sexton
Jonathan Sexton

Defence coach Kurt McQuilkin is confident Leinster can rediscover their allegiance to attacking rugby.

"We'll come right. I'm pretty confident we'll come right," he pushed.

It is Leinster's ineffective work with the ball that is their biggest cause for concern ahead of the final three rounds of the PRO12 regular season.

They are the only club in the Top-6 yet to break the 40-try barrier.

"It's something that we are working hard at and something that we are aware of," said McQuilkin.

"We are not building pressure on opposition sides when we are in the right part of the track and hanging onto the ball.

"We have possibly been guilty of giving it over in vital areas of the park and letting teams off the hook."

The passing accuracy of Leinster has slipped badly in the last two seasons in stark contrast to that of Connacht, for instance.

"To be able to execute a good pass and a good catch is vital to your attack," he said.

"One pass off cue can knock you off kilter."

He was not about to admit Leinster will have to defend their way to the league title.

Blues have conceded the least number of tries (18) and points (218) from the 19 rounds played out.

"It's something you can draw confidence from," he said.

"You can't sit back and say 'ah well, you know we're top of the league defensively,' warned McQuilkin.

"Once you take your eye off the ball, that's when you get into a bit of trouble.

"We've worked very hard pre-match, post-match on stats and also on our training sessions to make sure they're geared to getting the best out individuals when they go into collective defending."

On the injury front, the European weekend has given out-half Jonathan Sexton time to freshen up.

Seán O'Brien (hamstring) and Marty Moore (hamstring) are two weeks away from making a play for game time. Jack Conan (broken foot) is not as close as that.

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