Sunday 19 November 2017

Waste no time in tying down classy Crosbie

Steve Crosbie. Picture: Sportsfile
Steve Crosbie. Picture: Sportsfile

Johnny O'Connor

You have to feel sorry for Jack Carty in this situation, but it was great to see Steve Crosbie take his chance at out-half with style against Edinburgh last Friday night.

The 24-year-old former Leinster and Munster No 10 has had a tough few years trying to break into a senior provincial set-up, but last weekend's performance could go a long way towards earning him a contract.

He kicked very well, with 17 points at Myreside, and he was very assured with ball in hand too. It's important for Connacht to have guys stepping up all the time, and out-half is obviously a problem position.

And it's not because Marnitz Boshoff and Jack Carty aren't good - both of those guys can be top class on their day - it's just Connacht are short in numbers in that position.

The one disappointing part of Crosbie performing so well on a big stage like that is other teams could be circling for him now.

He might not have got the contract offers from Leinster and Munster in the past but what's stopping them now?

Connacht need to snap him up fast, and when you think about the potential of having a fit Boshoff along with Carty and Crosbie to work with next season, all of a sudden things look a lot better.

Irish Independent

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