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Sunday 19 November 2017

McGrath won't lose sleep over Mako

Jack McGrath. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Jack McGrath. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Jack McGrath is one of 'The Inbetweeners.'

The Leinster team that lost out to Clermont-Auvergne, and still remains on course for the PRO12 title, is loaded with those who have won everything, like Jonathan Sexton, and those who have won nothing, like Garry Ringrose.

McGrath is somewhere in 'limbo land' when it comes to the medals in his locker.

"I was hovering around the squad when they won the last time," he said.

"I haven't won a Heineken Cup or a Champions Cup. It's heart-breaking for me - that loss at the weekend."

The sequence of significant events on McGrath's schedule begins with the PRO12 League over the next four weeks.

"We want to win silverware," he said.

"We're a relatively new group from the teams that have won in the past.

"We want to make our own memories, our own history and put our names on the shirt of Leinster as winning players that were lifting trophies in a successful time for Leinster."

The soon-to-be British & Irish Lion loose-head prop will have to move one large human being in England's Mako Vunipola to make Warren Gatland's test team in New Zealand.

The Saracens loose-head was immovable in their Champions Cup semi-final domination of Munster.

"I'm not going to be losing sleep over how well he's playing," said McGrath.

"You're always looking at guys in your own positions. He played really well that day.

"But, I'm a different player to him. He's a different player to me.

"I don't try and model my game on other people because you are your own player.

"You play to your strengths and improve on your weaknesses."

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