Monday 19 February 2018

Fogarty urges players to become 'obsessed' with their own game

Leinster forwards coach John Fogarty has revealed the frustration levels of the players after the defeat to Toulon. Picture: Matt Browne/SPORTSFILE
Leinster forwards coach John Fogarty has revealed the frustration levels of the players after the defeat to Toulon. Picture: Matt Browne/SPORTSFILE
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

There's been little time for licking of wounds in Leinster HQ this week as they seek a win over Toulon that would be their first in Europe this season.

The players have spoken at length about wanting to restore pride into a jersey that has taken a hit in recent weeks.

For forwards coach John Fogarty, his new role has been something of a baptism of fire but he believes that Leinster can bounce back at the Aviva Stadium if they shore up the finer details of their game.

"In the immediate moments after the game, there's that bit of frustration. There's things that we could control that bit better," Fogarty said.

"We spoke about, actually Kevin McLaughlin spoke about being obsessed when he was a player to improve with his mates.


"We need to be obsessed about doing things well every day. I think immediately after the game, there was that frustration with those things I spoke about.

"Today, I think it's that focus and obsession about making sure that we're good. Making sure we're doing things better week on week, so that we can produce a performance.

"I think everyone has it in their head now, we want to produce a performance at the weekend.

"That's something that we're really, really working towards. I think the word is being obsessed about that, and producing that during the week. Because any inaccuracies we have at the weekend, if they're showing up during the week, that's the reason why.

"So we need to make sure that we're good with everything we do. Whether that's passing, whether it's decision making during the week. All the little parts. We're good enough to put that pressure on us.

"We have to feel that pressure through the week, so that we can be confident before the kicks off. That we have that performance in us, and that we're going to put it on the field, and that's what we're working towards now.

"That frustration has probably spilt into that sort of obsession, and that obsession needs to be driven from the coaching staff, from the players throughout the week, so that we can lead ourselves into the weekend. That we can perform in front of 42,000 people in the Aviva."


Leinster may be teetering on the edge of elimination from the Champions Cup but while it is still mathematically possible to somehow emerge from the pool, Fogarty or indeed his players won't be throwing in the towel.

"It's about producing a performance. It's about being obsessed about doing things well. It's a little bit like that. I don't think it's just about pride," he insisted.

"We can still come out of this group, believe it or not, but right now it's about making sure that we are obsessed about doing things well.

"I don't think it's tightness. I don't think there's that nervousness. I think the performances have improved.

"We want that performance for these supporters; 42,000 people in the Aviva. We genuinely want to have that. The players want that as well."

Irish Independent

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