| 15°C Dublin

Jonny will come good says Blues kicking coach

Leinster Skills and Kicking coach Richie Murphy is confident Ireland's Jonathan Sexton can bounce back to kicking form if he is selected against Australia, writes Des Berry.

The return of three from eight kicks at goal feels far short of Sexton's expectations.

"Jonny is fine," said Murphy.

"I think he will kick well in the rest of the World Cup. It was just one of those days."

One bad day at the kicking office does not translate into a ground-shift in Sexton's set-up, approach and follow through on the ball. Murphy sees no psychological issue.

"Jonny is a confident player," he added. "He is a top-class goal-kicker as well. His stats for us last year were out the door. In the Heineken Cup, he was over 90 per cent. There wasn't an intentional change of style. There were aspects he probably didn't do fully right.

"His technique is fine. It is a case of getting back out there and kicking a few balls.

"He is not on his own. Jonny Wilkinson, Felipe (Contepomi), the other Argentinian full-back (Martin) Rodriguez, Dan Carter -- they all struggled. I don't know what it is. The ball is the ball.

"They've been playing with it for the past 12 months or so.

"It is just one of those things. They all seem to be having problems. I would say if you looked at the stats for how many kicks were got and kicks were missed, it would be incredible."


Luke Fitzgerald is expected to be back for the Glasgow game on Saturday night as Leinster look to make it two wins out of three in the PRO12 League.

Out-half Mat Berquist will be out of action for at least 14 weeks with a broken knee-cap, while there is an outside chance South African Steven Sykes could play.

Elsewhere, already there have been 21,000 tickets sold for the Leinster-Munster match, titled 'Fever in The Aviva 2' for the first Friday in November.