Tuesday 15 October 2019

No excuses for Ringrose as Ireland look to go to next level

 

Ireland's Garry Ringrose. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ireland's Garry Ringrose. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Garry Ringrose says Ireland's limited preparation time is not an excuse for a drop in standards against Argentina this Saturday.

Members of Joe Schmidt's travelling party returned from the United States in two groups yesterday, joining the squad members who sat out the win over Italy in Chicago and the Munster and Leinster players who played for their provinces in South Africa on Sunday.

They will take to the field for the first time this week this afternoon ahead of the first of two mammoth clashes with Rugby Championship opposition.

Despite an eight-try win over Italy in the Windy City, Ringrose says a repeat performance will not be good enough against the Pumas.

And he said they will not let their unusual travel schedule affect their focus this week.

Returning

"It is a challenge," he said just hours after returning yesterday.

"I think that motivates everyone that little bit more. It would be easy to start pulling out excuses.

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"Everyone knows they are going to have to raise it to another level.

"It is just about banking the detail as early as possible. You don't necessarily have to be out on the pitch.

"It will be really important for guys to be in looking at the laptops at opposition and then learning from the game on Saturday, even guys that weren't playing, about how we can be better.

"That means when tomorrow rolls around, Wednesday, Thursday, that we can hit the ground running.

"Certainly, that will be the focus for today."

The focus for Ireland yesterday was on moving on from the 54-7 win and recovering from the trip.

They reported no new injury concerns last night, although Josh van der Flier appears to be carrying a leg issue from a bruising encounter. Rob Kearney is the main doubt for Argentina while Conor Murray is not expected to be added to the panel this week.

Ringrose admitted that a repeat performance would not be adequate against an improving Pumas side.

“I think it (the performance) probably has to come up a notch,” he said.

“I think both teams on Saturday were probably guilty of a few mistakes that you can’t afford to make against a team like Argentina.

“So, yeah, I’d say everyone would need to step up that little bit and I think as the first game of the series it was always going to be the case, and the week that was in it.

“We’ll definitely be taking learning from that and improving on it.”

The centre did score a try in the game, but the headlines went to Jordan Larmour who crossed for a spectacular hat-trick at Soldier Field.

And Ringrose says the full-back will not be fazed if he remains in the No 15 shirt this weekend.

“No, he wouldn’t get too carried away,” the centre said.

“He’s one of the more hard-working guys out there and it’s great to see it pay dividends on the pitch so, his personality, he sticks with what works for him and works incredibly hard training and is always working hard off the pitch and asking questions.

“I’ve no doubt that he’s going to keep going at that.

“I don’t think anything would change selection-wise with him.”

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