Monday 16 July 2018

Murphy: We do not fear the French, we know how to beat them


Jenny Murphy: 'They’re not anything to be afraid of.' Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Jenny Murphy: 'They’re not anything to be afraid of.' Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Cian Tracey​

Ireland centre Jenny Murphy has sounded a rallying cry ahead of her side's World Cup pool decider against France this evening.

Despite France making a flawless start to the tournament, Murphy insists that Ireland have nothing to fear, particularly because they beat Les Bleus in the Six Nations recently.

The influential midfielder returns to the starting XV having missed Sunday's scrappy win over Japan with a tight calf and she is one of six changes as the hosts look to keep their dream alive.

"They're not anything to be afraid of," Murphy said. "They're a solid team, they have a nice set-piece, but when we're playing really well, we're sharp and more than capable of dealing with the arsenal of weapons they have, and then some.

Focused "A lot of the talk is about trying to stop France, and yeah, we will, but we've got some stuff they're going to have to stop too. We're not too worried about them at this stage, we're focused on ourselves and what we've to do.

"Sometimes one or two ugly wins will do us the world of good. This is our kick up the ass. We know what we're capable of. We weren't happy with some of the performances we've put in, but we know what we are able to do.

"We're looking forward to going out and showing the Dublin crowd what rugby we can play, and hopefully give them something to cheer about as well. This is our cup final."

Murphy conceded that Ireland have been nowhere near their best thus far but she warned that they are not far away from clicking.

"We definitely pride ourselves on our defence and line speed. We didn't implement that in our first two games and as a result we were kind of caught out wide a little bit.

"We've worked on that and fixed it in training. Now we have to put it into our game-plan and that will sort out a lot of stuff. We should be fine."

Irish Independent

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