Monday 21 May 2018

Brian O'Driscoll excited to see how the Robbie Henshaw-Garry Ringrose partnership develops at Leinster and Ireland

21 April 2018; Robbie Henshaw of Leinster in action against Leigh Halfpenny of Scarlets during the European Rugby Champions Cup Semi-Final match between Leinster Rugby and Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
21 April 2018; Robbie Henshaw of Leinster in action against Leigh Halfpenny of Scarlets during the European Rugby Champions Cup Semi-Final match between Leinster Rugby and Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Johnny Sexton described Robbie Henshaw's performance on Saturday as 'insane' and Brian O'Driscoll can't wait to see how his centre partnership with Garry Ringrose evolves over the coming years.

Both were immense in defence and attack in the 38-16 victory over Scarlets at the Aviva but Henshaw's performance was all the more remarkable given that he had just returned from 10 weeks out with a shoulder injury.

The centres worked tirelessly in defence and added strength and subtlety in attack as the Welsh side were overwhelmed.

"As great a job as Isa had done in the centre, Robbie Henshaw is another level and then you have the luxury of putting Isa back out on the wing," O'Driscoll told Off The Ball AM.

"They really are two very, very good players.

"The more they play together, they more they train together, they'll get more used to one another and that element of telepathy will come into their play where they're is no need for communication, they'll just read body language off each other. They'll dovetail, they'll share the workload.

"Off first phase, when someone makes a tackle in the midfield, you've got to get a split out to the far side do if the tackle is made outside of 10, he's usually the one to go but if 10 makes it or 12 makes it, there is onus on getting some speed to the extremity and that's where you have to share that workload.

"I watched during the Six Nations Garry Ringrose coming back in and Johnny Sexton was sending him the whole time from side of the pitch to the other.

"That's the seniority and the delegation of roles but also Ringrose's willingness to get there and work for the team.

"Whatever about the talent, the footwork and physicality, it's the willingness to work for the team that separates these two."

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