Wednesday 24 January 2018

O'Driscoll on . . .

Conor George

Conor George

"There were silly turnovers at times, and they managed to string phases together. That was a huge part of why we lost the game in the end. You can only soak so much pressure."

REFEREE ROMAIN POITE:

"He's kind of a no-nonsense referee. He just likes to be left to referee the game the way he does. I don't think communicating with him too much during the game often has a bearing on what happens. You are not going to change his mind."

TOLL OF PLAYING TWO 'CUP FINALS' IN A WEEK:

"There is always a mental toll in games of this magnitude. Thankfully, you do get seven days to try to get over one game and have the building process for the next one. You would hope that within a week you would be able to forget the negative parts to the game you played and think positively towards what you are going to do, and incorporate into your game plan for the following week."

PLAYING AUSTRALIA THREE WEEKS IN A ROW:

"It's mental as much as it is physical, and all the more so when you play the same opposition three weeks in a row. Not that it becomes a chess game, but you get to know each other an awful lot more and you are almost anticipating certain things to happen. There is an element of trying to out-think the opposition.

POSSIBILITY OF

CHANGES TO TEAM:

"I suppose that is the coach's prerogative, to identify what he feels the team that goes out on the weekend is capable of. It's about getting the balance of combinations with guys that haven't played too much rugby or guys that are just flagging a little bit."

Irish Independent

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