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Saturday 18 November 2017

McGrath: We know when Cullen is annoyed

Jack McGrath has been short-listed for the IRUPA Player's Player of the Year award Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Jack McGrath has been short-listed for the IRUPA Player's Player of the Year award Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Leinster prop Jack McGrath admits that the players who faced Ulster last Saturday let themselves down, but warns that they cannot dwell on the Belfast hammering.

And the Ireland loosehead says head coach Leo Cullen does not have to fly off the handle to let the squad know how disappointed he is as they look to turn things around against Treviso on Saturday.

"He knows the quality is there, he knows the guys know what they've done wrong," he said. "There's a pack of internationals there and a team of internationals there and it's just. . . you can't put blame on him, it's just us as players who haven't performed.

"He's not really a shouter or roarer, but you know when he's annoyed when he speaks to you."

Asked where things went wrong in the 30-6 defeat, McGrath highlighted the players' work at the breakdown and their high error count.

"Overall, we probably let ourselves down. We knew we had to go up 100pc against those guys and we were probably off," he said.

"It was disappointing and we have to wear it. It's something you have to take into the next game. All credit to Ulster, they put us under pressure and made it uncomfortable, and it was between them playing well and us doing ourselves no favours that got them the result."

McGrath says Leinster must channel their anger at their own shortcomings into a performance on Saturday.

"It needs to kind of be simmering for you, that disappointment, to use that as drive because the season isn't over for us now, we've a chance to make a home semi-final and that's a positive outlook we have to take from it," he said.

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