Leinster expected to announce the return of Isa Nacewa in the coming weeks
Published 08/04/2015 | 02:30
There was a sense of deja vu as Richie Murphy yesterday told the assembled media that Leinster's backs are close to clicking and that if they started taking the opportunities that presented themselves they'd be winning games more comfortably and in finer style.
If you closed your eyes, you could be taken back to Carton House where the former Greystones out-half had given a strikingly similar assessment of Ireland's play in the aftermath of the eventual Six Nations winners' win over England when their style of play had come in for scrutiny despite good results.
Murphy would ultimately be proved right when Ireland let the shackles off against Scotland and, now that he's back on the day job, Leinster fans will be praying he is on the money with his assessment after their tryless, seat-of-the-pants win over Bath last Saturday. With just Sunday's game against the Dragons to fine-tune before facing European champions Toulon in Marseille, the time for preparing is tight.
"We're seeing improvements in our team," he said. "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.
"You can see that we haven't made the right decision on the pitch, whether it be a pass or not passing, there is opportunities there and, who knows? You can't say when you're going to get it right, but we're not a million miles away and once you keep creating the opportunities we should be able to take them at some stage.
"It's the exact same conversation we had (during the Six Nations) really, we're in a very similar situation where there's opportunities there that we just didn't take. Some of that was because Bath gave away penalties.
"The opportunities are there, guys are seeing them, are looking at them, the guys are confident in what they're being asked to do and, look, Toulon is next week and we'll deal with that then. Probably this week, the same opportunities will arise against the Dragons and we've just got to be able to take them."
Fergus McFadden is unlikely to make it back in for the Rodney Parade clash after suffering a concussion last Saturday, but the Ireland wing is "recovering well". Kane Douglas is likely to miss the Dragons game as he continues to recover from his back injury and the Wallaby is targeting the all-important Toulon semi-final.
Murphy, meanwhile, said Leinster expect to make two signings in the coming weeks, one overseas and one Irish-qualified. It is expected that Isa Nacewa will return from New Zealand, while Mick Kearney will join from Connacht.