Wednesday 22 November 2017

Toulon pain can drive us on – Jordi Murphy

Leinster's Jordi Murphy during training
Leinster's Jordi Murphy during training
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

As Leinster's focus returns to domestic matters with a crucial trip to the Ospreys this evening, Jordi Murphy insists that his side's desire for success remains as strong as ever.

Leinster were outplayed, outfought and ultimately outclassed by a far superior Toulon team last weekend, but Murphy is adamant that the hurt of the defeat will spur them on to silverware.

Speaking yesterday at the announcement of the winners of the Aviva Health's Schools Fitness Challenge 2014, Murphy said: "We're very disappointed, but we're a strong team and we still have a competition that we're in and looking to win. All focus is on the Ospreys now, we've left last week in the past."

It has already been a hugely successful breakthrough season for Murphy – his Six Nations medal, now safely stored at home after a brief spell on the missing list, is testament to that.

The hurt of the defeat to Toulon is still clearly etched on the 22-year-old's face and he admitted that it will be tough to completely banish it from Leinster minds.

"It is difficult but we can't do anything about last Sunday now, so what's the point in thinking about it? We need to learn from it and move on and that's what we're going to do," he said. "We've had a good culture of winning things in the last few years and we want to keep that up."

CHANCES

Murphy will again have to make do with a place on the bench tonight and although it's not where he wants to be, he acknowledged that he must bide his time and take his chances when they present themselves.

Ireland's tour of Argentina remains at the forefront of his mind, but he is under no illusions as to what he needs to do in order to book his seat on the plane in June.

"I've played at No 8 a few times and at No 7 this year. When I do get chances, I have to make the most of them to put my name in the hat," he said.

"If you want to be playing in Argentina, or get selected for the squad, you need to play for your province. It's the only team you can play for at the moment and you have to play well when you do play."

For now, though, he and Leinster are seeking to ensure a home Pro12 semi-final as they bid to retain their title. And to do that, using the pain of the defeat in the south of France to their advantage will be pivotal.

"It's character-building. We didn't make it in the Heineken Cup last year and we wanted to make up for that this year but we'll remember that hurt now," he said.

"If we're in the same position in next year's competition, we know that we don't want to be in that same place again.

"The dressing-room was not a very happy place. We want to make sure that it doesn't happen to us again in the Rabo. We know what we have to do – we have to win."

Irish Independent

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