Friday 15 December 2017

Murphy eager to recover Leinster's DNA in Europe

Jordi Murphy
Jordi Murphy

Jordi Murphy makes for quite a hostile witness when it comes to forecasting a doomsday scenario for Leinster in The Champions Cup.

The flanker is quite willing for the players to embrace responsibility and take the brunt of the blame for what happened against Wasps.

"Yeah, we let ourselves down. We let the coaches down. We let the supporters down," he said grimly.

"It is not in our DNA to go out and put out performances like that. It felt like we let everyone down especially ourselves."

Where there was no 'tomorrow' for Ireland when they fell to Argentina at the World Cup, Leinster have the chance to make an amends against Bath at The Recreation Ground.

Murphy suggests it is a matter of looking in the mirror, not throwing things at it.

"I don't think there is any point in getting angry at ourselves," he offered.

"It is individually you have to call yourself out and look at the things that went wrong.

"The things where you could have been better, where you could have been more physical, could have had a bit more bite about yourself."

The multi-purpose loose forward could come under pressure for his place from either Jack Conan or Rhys Ruddock, should he mend from a wrist injury.

"With guys like (Francois) Louw and (Leroy) Houston in their back row we've got to go there and do a job, especially away to a team in England who are going to pride themselves on their work at the breakdown."

The battle for supremacy there will go a long way towards generating the fast ball so coveted for attack.

"They've got top players like (George) Ford, (Kyle) Eastmond and (Anthony) Watson, so we don't want to give them quick ball."

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