Tuesday 23 January 2018

Healy driving over great Kiwi warrior McCaw can provide inspiration in future battles

8 - Cian Healy - back to his abrasive best
8 - Cian Healy - back to his abrasive best

Diarmuid Lyng

Paul O'Connell, in the immediate aftermath of another grueller, was under no illusions as to where the Irish performance came from. The balance was found between the tactics and the enthusiasm. The what and the why. The tactics are the measurables. Backed by the stats. Enthusiasm. Derived from Greek meaning 'the God within'. There are endless stats for the body, but none for the soul.

Cian Healy milling straight over Richie McCaw may be five yards gained -- but what of the impact on the players around him? Inspired accomplices. The crowd roaring in the stands. Gracious witnesses.

But, more importantly, what will it do in the spring in the last game of the Six Nations against Les Bleus in Paris when Healy is under the kosh?

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