Saturday 16 December 2017

Eoin Reddan: There is no room now for self-doubt

Eoin Reddan
Eoin Reddan
Johnny Sexton

RUGBY is a sport of service, the forwards to the backs, the half-backs to those outside them.

It just can't be good policy to have both half-backs in an attacking ruck, no matter where it is, effectively leaving big forwards to gorge on hard yards and the outside backs to fend for themselves with literally no direction and no ball.

"Yeah I suppose in an ideal world you wouldn't both be in a ruck at the same time," he said.

"I think last weekend was probably a bit of a symptom or evidence that it's so tight in those games. You just don't know what effect a try has on the morale of the opposition at that stage."

He went on to describe how Ireland made mistakes and repaired them immediately in the late minutes in Cardiff. They never lost the faith.

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"We didn't win the game but everyone was massively letting things go and getting on with the next thing over and over again.


"And I think that's a great mindset to have for a team," he said.

It is the way of the game to turn negatives into positives. The speed with which Ireland moved from making individual mistakes to forcing the play is reflective of the belief built over 10 wins.

There is no room for self-doubt? "No, there's not. When we have a look at Scotland and what we're up against, there's enough there straight away to snap you out of it.

"The way to win the title is probably not to think about the title, if you know what I mean," said Reddan.

"Test matches are such big occasions and it's frustrating to you listening to us here because you want to grasp onto the fact that we want to go and win the title now and all that sort of thing.

"We have a responsibility to make sure that there's no margin for complacency.

"We can't even live in that world because if you take your eye off that for a second there's no Championship, there's no win."

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