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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Boss confident of progress as Leinster look to attack

Published 04/09/2014 | 02:30

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Isaac Boss is expecting a three-way battle for the Leinster number nine jersey with the emergence of Luke McGrath as a realistic option as well as Eoin Reddan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Isaac Boss is expecting a three-way battle for the Leinster number nine jersey with the emergence of Luke McGrath as a realistic option as well as Eoin Reddan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Isaac Boss believes Leinster are ready to kick on from last season as the players get to know Matt O'Connor's game-plan better in the coach's second season.

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Early indications are that the Australian has shifted the emphasis from defence to attack ahead of his side's Guinness Pro12 defence, which kicks off against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday.

While their results were consistent, Leinster were not always easy on the eye last season, but Boss believes they are more comfortable in their roles this time around.

"Coming into training the ideas are bedded into us a bit better, especially from where we were last year," the Ireland scrum-half said. "It's a good platform for us to push on, we just have to put that together in matches.

"It's probably just understanding our roles better as players, getting a bit of continuity, we can move on from the base of last year. We can grow and improve, we can attack a lot better and use our options a lot better."

Having done battle with Eoin Reddan for the No 9 jersey at Leinster for the past number of seasons, Boss is expecting a three-way fight with the emergence of Luke McGrath as a realistic option.

"He's already been in the equation, he got a couple of opportunities last year and quite rightly should have had more," he said.

"He played really well, especially with the 'A' side and he's already looking really good this season. He's really knocking on the door, fingers crossed I get in ahead of him, but we're pushing each other.

"He's helping us as well, myself, Eoin Reddan, John Cooney and Nick McCarthy coming through as well, we all work together. We've got great depth. The funny thing with No 9s is we all have to work together on our core skills and pick stuff up off each other, but we all want to start."

Irish Independent

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