Saturday 24 March 2018

Glynn insists Irish will crank up intensity to answer 'over the top' critics

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

THIS one will be a lot more physical!

That was the promise from several of the Irish team ahead of tomorrow night's deciding International Rules Test after last weekend's 40-47 loss to Australia was widely dismissed as a damp squib.

"It was tame enough alright compared to the physicality and hitting in the last series," admitted Ireland vice-captain Finian Hanley.

"But a lot of first Tests are tentative like that and hopefully there'll be a lot more intensity to the second one."

"There was a great crowd down in Limerick, we needed to give them something to shout about but we only did that with about five minutes to go, which wasn't good enough," said team-mate Leighton Glynn.

"But we've talked about it and have put it behind us now."

Ireland manager Anthony Tohill collected his players into camp in Carton House Hotel on Wednesday night and they will have one final training session there today ahead of tomorrow night's game in Croke Park, which the GAA still insist will attract over 50,000, despite last weekend's anti-climatic fare.


Wicklow star Glynn, who also lined out for both his football (Rathnew) and hurling (Glenealy) clubs in a hectic three-game schedule last weekend, was one of the few Irish to emerge from the first Test with his international reputation still intact.

And he was just as feisty in his defence of his team-mates yesterday, saying that some of the criticism they shipped was "over the top".

"Someone told me they read it described as an 'embarrassment' but no way was it an embarrassment!" Glynn insisted.

"The lads playing for their country this year are great footballers, we've put in a tremendous amount of work in the last six to seven weeks and we're going out now again to do our living best for our country.

"We're probably in a better position now than Australia because we didn't play well. We still have a lot left in the tank and if we can create a few goal chances and play a good bit of Gaelic football then we can win the series.

"With just two scores (three-pointers or 'overs') we'll be just a point off them. We only scored one goal chance in Limerick and if we can create two or three goal chances we can win this series and we all believe that.

"We've recognised that we were probably a bit nervous the last day," he added. "We dropped a few balls in the warm-up and things just followed on into the game and we have to bring more composure, move the ball quicker and not make as many errors the next day."

Irish Independent

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