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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Pressure is on to deliver: O'Loughlin

CHANCE: Rory O’Loughlin. Pic: Sportsfile
CHANCE: Rory O’Loughlin. Pic: Sportsfile

Rory O'Loughlin has been playing a waiting game when all he wants to do is play.

When the big games come along for Leinster, Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose are nailed on.

From the outside, it appears to be an easy decision for Leo Cullen and Stuart Lancaster.

This is to ignore the competitive nature that resides inside all of those who wear the blue.

"When the two lads are playing together so often and the teams they are playing on are winning, you don't want to change a winning formula.

"It is difficult for me when the big games come around.

"You've got to go back to the tried and trusted, I suppose," said the outside centre.

All the time, O'Loughlin has to train with total focus to be ready when an opening comes his way.

"All you can do is take your opportunity and train as well as you can, make it as competitive as possible in training.

"If there is a dip in form for one of the players, the coaches will start to see you have been consistent throughout the season."

O'Loughlin has not yet reached the status where a mistake, or two, will be forgiven.

He will have to be spot-on against Southern Kings on Sunday (KO12.45, eir Sport).

Like a thoroughbred coming from behind, you have to get everything right to get there.

"When you do get a chance, there is extra pressure on you, even if it is in a less important game," he said.

"You can't be making simple errors because they will revert back to that as the excuse for not playing you in the big games.

"You have to put more pressure on your performances.

"That's how I deal with it anyway."

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