Sunday 18 August 2019

Fardy enjoys small-ball code but final is focus

Scott Fardy. Photo: Sportsfile
Scott Fardy. Photo: Sportsfile

Australian Scott Fardy recently committed to another year in the blue of Leinster and has continuously reiterated his liking for his surroundings here in Ireland.

His immersion into Irish culture continued at the weekend as he was spotted taking in some of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship at Parnell Park with team-mates Tadhg Furlong, whose native Wexford were taking on Dublin, and Jack McGrath.

Its Fardy's second such foray having also attended last year's drawn All-Ireland semi-final between Galway and Clare in GAA headquarters.

The high tempo of hurling is something Fardy experiences on a regular basis on the rugby pitch whether training or match day, most recently against neighbours Munster, and he expects that going to play Glasgow Warriors in their own city will be no different.

"In the ground, those football stadiums, the crowd are right on top of you so I think we have to bring the intensity. Glasgow are very good, a very physical side so we'll try to match them physically and play well," he said.

"They're a very good side, well coached and very abrasive. They played well when they came to the RDS a couple of weeks back and it's going to be a big challenge for us.

"I think we just focus on ourselves as everyone always says and just play to our strengths. Prepare well this week and get over there and do the job."

He is one of 57 players used by Leinster in the PRO14 this year and recognises the contribution that every one of those players have made in getting the team to Celtic Park this weekend.

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He hopes that the match-day 23 - named at midday today - will be able to claim the silverware for all of those that have donned the jersey throughout the campaign.

And 34-year-old Fardy, with a wealth of experience, including 39 caps for his country, is in a great position to comment on how big games can be decided and, in his opinion, mistakes - or limitation of - are the biggest factor.

"Those big games are based on errors so the team that minimises errors usually comes away with a good result. I thought at the weekend we were pretty clinical in what we needed to do and didn't make too many mistakes and that's what helped us get the result.

"In terms of the league, we've used a lot of players this year. We've got to make sure it's special for everyone. Whoever takes the field this week will be representing those 57 players we used this year.

"There's been a lot of games that have gone into that, a lot of big proud moments, a lot of debuts and guys putting in big efforts. We want them to be rewarded at the end of the season as well.

"This is a huge competition for this squad. We're looking forward to doing our best on Saturday and coming away with a result."

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