Sunday 25 September 2016

Fogarty wary of Treviso’s ‘quality pack’

Published 06/05/2016 | 02:30

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien packs a punch as he continues his recovery from injury with a sparring session against Cillian Reardon, Leinster strength & conditioning coach, during squad training at the RDS earlier this week Photo: Sportsfile
Leinster’s Sean O’Brien packs a punch as he continues his recovery from injury with a sparring session against Cillian Reardon, Leinster strength & conditioning coach, during squad training at the RDS earlier this week Photo: Sportsfile

Leinster’s scrum coach John Fogarty has warned that the Treviso side who arrive in Dublin tomorrow are armed with one of the best scrums in the Pro12.

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The Italians stunned Connacht last time out as they racked up just their third win of another season to forget.

But Fogarty is adamant that despite being the second worst team in the league, Treviso’s set-piece is a weapon that can cause any side problems.

A bonus-point win would guarantee Leinster a home semi-final and after last weekend’s poor performance against Ulster, Fogarty is demanding a reaction from his players.

“Treviso have one of the best scrums in the League,” he warned.

“They have a quality pack. That is the area I will concern myself with. Their set-piece, their scrum caused Connacht – which is an excellent scrum – big problems.

“That penalty at the end which (Jayden) Hayward kicked was the result of a scrum. They are a quality side and have a quality pack that we cannot take lightly.

“Facing into that game, we’ve said from the offset we wanted to get the top four and in that we wanted the home semi. Obviously, right now, that’s our focus. That’s still the ambition of the club. Coming off the game last weekend, looking at those areas, where we turn the ball over, not to be too spooked.”

Reflecting on the bitterly disappointing defeat in Belfast, Fogarty admitted that a similar kind of below-par performance will cause Leinster problems at the RDS tomorrow.

“You can live with the scoreline, with an interception and a penalty try. What you can’t live with are those small parts of the game,” he said.

“Had they more intent? Were their second efforts better? When they tackled were they off the ground earlier?

“That’s it for me, those areas are important. Were they a little bit more desperate than us? That’s frustrating.

“If we don’t have those parts of the game, that enthusiasm, that intent, that energy around the ball against Treviso, we are going to find ourselves in a little bit of trouble and we won’t create those opportunities.

“There is accountability to all those little parts. We need that energy and we are not getting too down on ourselves and refocusing on Treviso and what their threats are.”

Leinster have prided themselves on their defensive stability this season but Fogarty insisted that the players must take responsibility for why last weekend’s game plan went so badly wrong.

“The first point is making sure the players are held accountable and they hold themselves accountable and we make sure those things don’t  re-appear next weekend in what’s going to be a really important game,” Fogarty said.

“Treviso had a great win against Connacht. They now have a Champions Cup position. They will be coming over here needing to hold onto that. Zebre play Dragons in Italy in a game which is going to be tough.

“We’ve got to make sure that when we do make line-breaks and when we put ourselves in good positions in the field that we’re not turning over the ball as easily.

“From an attacking point of view, you are creating line-breaks in the game. That looks positive.

“Then, we have turnovers, knock-ons. Small things like that can be very frustrating. They are the parts we discuss.

“When a turnover occurs, how and why is that? It is something that needs to be worked on.”

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