Tuesday 12 December 2017

Murphy's Law is working against Leinster in PRO12

YOU couldn't blame Richie Murphy for believing in 'Murphy's Law', at least in his recent role as assistant coach at Leinster.

You know the one, "anything that can go wrong will go wrong".

It has seemed that way to the outsider over the last two months or more as Leinster have struggled to keep pace in the PRO12 League .

"We definitely haven't performed in the league to the level that we need to," said Murphy (inset, right).

"We're seeing improvements in our team. You guys, I'm not sure you are or not, but we can see improvements in where we're going. It's a case that we've just got to keep driving forward."

Leinster will probably have to do so without wing Fergus McFadden, who is "struggling" to make it from his return-to-play protocols, and second row Kane Douglas, in his battle against a back injury.

"Our focus for this week is purely on Dragons and trying to get ourselves into a position where we can fight for that top four.

"Obviously, we are up against it a little bit.

"It is a case of all hands to the pump and just try and do as much as we can do to sort of force our way in.

"But, it is a little bit out of our hands at the moment."

Just as Ireland could not deliver on the try-count for much of the Six Nations, Leinster are not being clinical enough in the five-point category either.

The double-jobbing Ireland assistant coach sees the same problems.

"It's the exact same conversation we had really," he said.

"You can't say when you're going to get it right, but we're not a million miles away.

"Once you keep creating the opportunities we should be able to take them at some stage."

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