Tuesday 11 December 2018

Self-critical Ringrose knows what it takes to make the grade

Garry Ringrose of Leinster
Garry Ringrose of Leinster

Garry Ringrose is beginning to come into his own as a man.

The 22-year-old has returned from a shoulder operation more assure d in front of the media and more willing to enter into debate.

By the time the outside centre made it back, Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw had been reunited at Ireland and Chris Farrell had made a solid impression in green. Leinster emerged from their second tear-up against Exeter Chiefs with back-to-back wins, leaving Ringrose harder on himself than anyone else.

"Right from one-to-80 it wasn't the perfect performance and the quality backs they have and the shape they play, it was certainly a tough day for me," he said.

"Like any game, but especially one like that, there will be a lot of learnings. I'm looking forward to looking back on the video and seeing where I can improve."

The cold statistics reveal eight tackles made and five missed.

The shortest route to improvement is acknowledging your mistakes and doing all you can to limit them into the future.

"Personally, I slipped a good few tackle, it was pretty evident. I will be annoyed about that," he said.

The long, lean frame of Ringrose means his tackle success swings on his timing and technique into contact.

This is something that comes with the repetition of games, especially when Ringrose had to move from a heavy pitch in Treviso up to the intensity and tempo of the last two weeks against Exeter.

"Yeah, they're an incredible attacking side and we certainly wouldn't be the first team that they've threatened.

"We were vulnerable a couple of times," he said.

This is where the savage defensive intensity of Robbie Henshaw can come into play.

"To have somebody like Robbie inside me, I think he was incredible and got me out of a bit of bother as well as the wingers, so it was tough at times.

"When it is like that, I think you grow closer together as a group and there is that trust there that you can react and get back to some points and then go again.

"It's never going to be perfect," he added.

"When you do make mistakes, it's how you react that's the most important thing.

"I think we improved, myself anyway, and I think everyone in the team did."

There were bright moments that led to Ringrose beating more defenders (5) in the game than anyone else.

He also led the way in offloads (3), with no other player scoring more than one in a game where there were a total of ten.

Besides, it isn't all gloom. Leinster are five points ahead of Montpellier in Pool 3.

"You look at the positives and at look at the work we did, and the difference between the first and last 20 minutes.

"We'll be able to compare what didn't work, and then what did.

"We'd be pretty analytical. We don't pat ourselves on the back too much and we don't knock ourselves a ton.

"It's about getting that balance right and seeing where we can improve, seeing what did work and keeping on top of that."

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