Sunday 24 February 2019

Molony is playing for more time

Ross Molony. Photo: Sportsfile
Ross Molony. Photo: Sportsfile

It wasn't that long ago when Ross Molony was the freshest meat off the Leinster Academy line.

The 23 -year-old has stayed the course, while Tadhg Beirne moved on to Scarlets, Mike McCarthy retired and Hayden Triggs finished out his contract.

This is the second row's fourth season playing for his province since his debut against Zebre in February 2015.

In his second season, Molony played 21 times in a clear progression, starting against Bath in Europe in January 2016.

Just when he looked to be in line for one of the two shirts beside Devin Toner, Scott Fardy was signed and James Ryan skipped the queue.

"I have ambitions to go further in my career and get a green jersey at some point," he said.

"To do that, you have to play in those Champions Cup games because it's that level, right up there with international level."

This is not a long shot as the doubts over Sean O'Brien, Rhys Ruddock and Jack Conan could lead to Fardy spending more time in the back row.

Then, it is all about combinations and permutations, whether Leo Cullen will carry a specialist lock or an extra loose-forward on the bench against Scarlets.

The best way to impress is to take advantage of playing against Benetton Treviso at The RDS on Saturday evening.

"We're coming into the end of the season, where every game is important," said Molony.

"We're four points ahead of Scarlets in the league and our goal is to get a home semi in the league."

There is what Leinster has to do and what Molony has to do.

"Hopefully, with the semi-final in mind, I'll give the coaches an opportunity to see what I can do this week and we'll go again for the semi-final."

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