Kearney - Leinster will come good
ROB KEARNEY insists Leinster are an improved side this season despite losing two of their first three games.
The Ireland full-back admits the province failed to fire in many of their games last year, but believes Matt O'Connor's reign is set to take off in the weeks to come.
Although he guided his side to the Pro12 title last season, the Australian has had to endure criticism from sections of the Leinster support dissatisfied with the team's style of play.
However, despite Friday's defeat to Connacht and the opening day loss to Glasgow, the 28-year-old is confident that results and performances will get better.
"I'm really encouraged. We are in a good place," Kearney said, speaking at the launch of the new Ireland jersey at Carton House yesterday.
"It's easy to judge from training and games just to see exactly where we are at but we have moved on a little gear from last year but we need to get some points on the board.
"Last year it took us a long time to fulfil our potential. Then we got to the Pro12 final against Glasgow, who were the best team in the league last year, and we played really well and put them to the sword on a day that mattered.
"Guys understand it a little bit more and we are starting to look a little bit sharper in attack at times."