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Speed king Daly back on fast track for Blues


Leinster’s Barry Walsh. Pic: Sportsfile

Leinster’s Barry Walsh. Pic: Sportsfile

Leinster’s Barry Walsh. Pic: Sportsfile

The fastest man in Irish rugby just happens to be Leinster's leading try-scorer this season.

Left wing Barry Daly had picked up four tries, including a hat-trick against the Cheetahs, in four matches before adding his fifth on his Champions Cup debut.

It was the knifing finish from Joey Carbery's double-pump pass that showed a killer instinct against Montpellier.

This wasn't just about what he did, but who he did it to, bursting between big men in centre Frans Steyn and wing Timoci Nagusa.

"He used their energy back against them to push him into the corner to score," enthused backs coach Girvan Dempsey

The Gonzaga College graduate, 25, did not make it past the Sub-Academy.

The persistence of UCD's Noel McNamara, the new Ireland U20 coach, in pushing Daly as a natural finisher paid off when a trial was offered shortly after the retirement of Luke Fitzgerald.

The trial was extended to the end of the season and a two-year senior contract put on the table by Leo Cullen.

Daly has overtaken Ireland internationals Dave Kearney and Fergus McFadden in Leinster's queue for game time.

The edge in speed, recorded as a national-leading top speed of 10.5 metres-per-second, is another element to add to his natural nose for the try-line.

"It is true, we have little GPS's that track our speeds," he reported.

"Athletically I'm there, I'm doing well. I feel strong, I feel quick.

"It's good to put that mark up there."