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Monday 20 August 2018

McLaughlin: Ospreys defeat 'wake-up call'

Blindside Kevin McLaughlin insists the drubbing at the Ospreys must serve as "a wake-up call" to Leinster ahead of their first home tie of the PRO12 League against the Dragons on Friday night.

"We knew what we wanted to do in attack and our breakdown didn't allow us to do it. We just had a long video session and a lot of home truths. We're not making any excuses for the way we played. We let ourselves down," said McLaughlin (pictured below).

Thankfully, Luke Fitzgerald has done no further damage to his knee. He could play on Friday. Prop Jamie Hagan should have full vision in his left eye by tomorrow. He will be available, while tighthead signing Nathan White arrives in Dublin today.

"We will do a bit of collision work today and, maybe, kick the s**t out of each other for a while. That never does any harm. It's time for us to front up. We've a home game," he said.

"We're desperate to hold onto our home record. There is no other way for us to do it. We see this as an opportunity to right a few wrongs this Friday."

One match in, coach Joe Schmidt is already showing a steely streak behind his always affable manner.

"You've got to be pretty ruthless. The reality is the reality. You've got to make sure people understand what the reality is and that they take a step forward from there," Schmidt stated.

"The review was a little longer than it usually is, I've got to say. Hopefully, we've got a baseline to work from.

"It is nowhere we haven't been before. It is just not a nice place to be.

"It is not somewhere we want to stay. Being at the bottom of the league is, hopefully, something that will stir a reaction. That will start this Friday against the Dragons, I hope."

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