Monday 26 September 2016

Nacewa can fix Leinster's biggest problem

Published 28/04/2015 | 02:30

Isa Nacewa: the need for a specialist offensive coach is pressing
Isa Nacewa: the need for a specialist offensive coach is pressing

"Meritocracy has made the league more competitive and we haven't mirrored the rise in intensity."

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Those were Matt O'Connor's words after the game that dropped the curtain on a most disappointing season. Leinster didn't lose their crown in Belfast, they did so over the weeks and months before.

My views on O'Connor are pretty well established at this stage. He is clearly not without culpability in Leinster's decline, but contrary to the bile on social media, and indeed to his own blaming of intensity, for me the biggest single factor is much more refined than that.

The key difference between Leinster pre-O'Connor and now is the imprecision in passing - and directly related to that is the alignment of the back division.

Yes, intensity governs ball presentation, but the real hallmark of the Joe Schmidt era was the efficiency in passing basics.

The need for a specialist offensive coach is pressing. Cue Isa Nacewa.

Irish Independent

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