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Murphy: We left the fans down but we can bounce back

Published 20/11/2015 | 02:30

Jordi Murphy
Jordi Murphy

There's been a lot of soul searching going on in the Leinster camp after last weekend's humbling at the hands of Wasps but Jordi Murphy refuses to blame the performance on a World Cup hangover.

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Leinster provided Ireland with the bulk of their squad at the tournament and earlier this week, Johnny Sexton suggested that players may still be settling back in but Murphy was quick to dismiss that notion as he looks to bounce back against Bath tomorrow.

Murphy started in the quarter-final defeat to Argentina and like many of his provincial team-mates, is still trying to recover his best form.

Excuses

"The lads who were at the World Cup, we were split up into two groups and we got a week on and a week off, so we're fine." Murphy insisted.

"I don't want to make up any excuses really. The World Cup is gone about a month and we've been back in this environment for three weeks now, I don't think it's anything to do with a World Cup hangover it was just a bad performance on the day.

"We just didn't meet our standard and we got shown up. We know we were already in a tough group and we have put ourselves in an even tougher position now.

"But it is not unheard of, for teams who lost the first game to go on to qualify and so we are no looking further than Bath this weekend, we just have to go on over there and do a job," he added.

Murphy accepts that the players were responsible for last weekend's poor showing at home but he firmly believes that Leinster have a big performance in them.

The reality of the situation that Cullen's men find themselves in now is that they cannot afford another slip-up in Bath before they face Toulon back-to-back next month.

"We obviously have to look at ourselves and it is pretty obvious we didn't turn up on the day and it wasn't individuals, it was as a collective really and Wasps did turn up and they did a job on us," Murphy admitted.

"It is the players' (responsibility), we were the ones who played the game. We didn't play to our ability and we didn't play to our standards and it is our fault.

"We let ourselves down, we let the coaches down, we let the supporters down. It is just one of those things, we don't usually get hammered at home and it is not in our DNA to go out and put out performances like that. So it felt like we let everyone down, especially ourselves.

Physical

"It is individually you have to call yourself out and look at the things that went wrong and the things where you could have been better, where you could have been more physical, could have had a bit more bite about yourself on the day."

Bath were also disrupted by World Cup absentees but their last outing against London Irish suggested that they are nearing a return to form and Murphy is fully aware of that.

"They were missing a few players with the World Cup but they are starting to click now in the last few weeks.

"They have some serious fire-power up front and some lightning-quick backs out the back and they're scoring off the charts at the moment as well, they're an impressive outfit especially at home."

Irish Independent

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