Thursday 13 December 2018

McKeon: The lads have to look at themselves

Eoin McKeon. Photo: Sportsfile
Eoin McKeon. Photo: Sportsfile newsdesk

Connacht back-row Eoin McKeon has urged his team-mates to cut out the individual errors that have blighted Kieran Keane's first season in charge of the westerners.

McKeon has sat out much of the season to date due to hamstring and calf issues, but he has featured heavily in recent weeks. Despite his return, Connacht's season has also fallen asunder at the same time as they exited the Challenge Cup and have now lost five of their last six games.

McKeon admitted the team's display to Ospreys last week was not good enough, but he thinks they have the ability to get things back on track tomorrow when they travel to Scotstoun to face the conference leading Glasgow Warriors.

"I think a lot of lads have to look at themselves and look at the individual errors, which generally a lot of the time has cost us from eking out these games," said McKeon.

"As a team I think we're going in the right direction in terms of form and systems, but it's probably just individual errors and lapses in concentration that's letting us down at times.

"That's solely down to the player and him doing his own review or getting his prep right before the game to minimise those errors. Glasgow is one of the toughest places to go and play away. If anyone is off their game at all it will be exposed pretty soon."

McKeon, who started in the No 8 shirt last week, hailed the influence of the retiring John Muldoon on his own progress.

"He's had a massive effect on me taught me a lot when I was a bit younger about relaxing and being able to deal with nerves and anxiety before games," said McKeon.

"You can see him now the way he's passing some of those traits onto the younger lads coming through too."

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