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Farrell: Let’s Make Sure That We Kick On – Irish Rugby
July 11, 2021
Eire head coach Andy Farrell was a happy man following the conclusion of the Vodafone Summer season Sequence on the Aviva Stadium on Saturday night.
Seven days on from defeating Japan in a excessive octane encounter on the identical venue, Eire recorded an emphatic 71-10 victory over the USA in entrance of 6,000 supporters.
The conflict with the Eagles was the staff’s thirteenth Take a look at outing since their long-awaited return to motion towards Italy on October 24 of final yr – a delayed 2020 Six Nations Championship fixture.
There have been highs and lows for Farrell and his troops throughout this era, however a run of 5 successive wins has made it a constructive finish to the season for Eire.
Given there’s a robust Irish contingent away with the British & Irish Lions – and others who had been rested or out injured – the Wigan native was wanting to make use of this summer time window as a possibility to introduce some new faces to worldwide rugby.
From this standpoint, he felt it was mission achieved, saying: “You’d by no means suppose that it was the top of a marathon of a season. For what these lads have been via, the place do you begin in that regard.
“I simply mentioned to them there within the altering rooms, all of the employees have talked about that you simply’d really suppose it was the beginning of the season the best way that they’ve gone about their enterprise. It’s all credit score to them.
“There’s lots of completely different dynamics that has gone on within the group. New caps is the apparent one. Lads who’re getting their first begins, the pressures of that, is one other one.
“They’ve been wanting that have clearly, so that they’ll be higher for that. Lads which have by no means been in that place earlier than have a special mind-set, a special approach of being.
“They’ve thrived in that have. What I’ve simply mentioned to them is, it’s not about coming again in after we meet up once more and taking one step again to go ahead once more.
“You’ve proven your price, you’ve proven your growth, and let’s make it possible for we kick on.”
Whereas Gavin Coombes was the one debutant within the Japan recreation, no fewer than eight gamers received their first caps towards the USA on Saturday. Farrell was inspired by their contributions to a convincing house win.
I’m delighted for the brand new caps. Clearly to have the ability to do this as a coach is fairly particular, however I feel – to a person – all of them did extraordinarily nicely and they need to be happy with themselves.
“It doesn’t matter whether or not the scoreline is 71 factors or not, the stress that’s on them relating to their debut is at all times going to be there.
“They need to be unbelievably happy with themselves in how they dealt with that and got here via the opposite facet, and had been themselves on the day I assumed.”
Nonetheless, Farrell acknowledged – regardless of what the ultimate rating may recommend – that there have been moments when it didn’t fairly come off for Eire.
The house facet didn’t have all of it their very own approach throughout the early exchanges, however the former England defence coach was happy with how nicely his gamers had been capable of downside clear up on the sector of play.
“We had been tentative. We had been attempting to really feel our approach into the sport reasonably than attacking it. There was a few lineouts that went astray, a ball that went out on the total and a few sloppy passes,” he famous.
“Once you’re going from one destructive to a different, it tends to even subconsciously simply affect the move of the sport.
“Your accuracy or your perception begins to simply waver a bit of bit and the accuracy on the again of that begins to go down, however I used to be unbelievably happy with how they gathered themselves and regrouped.
“Received again into the sport and never simply into the sport, how they held it there for lengthy intervals. We didn’t turn out to be sloppy after that.
“We’ve seen final week (towards England) that America can come again into the sport and make a recreation of it in the event you enable them entry. I assumed we had been fairly good in that regard, of staying on it.”
Saturday’s season finale noticed Ronan Kelleher make simply his fifth begin for Eire. The gifted hooker marked the event in model, registering a record-equalling 4 tries earlier than making approach for Dave Heffernan on 55 minutes.
As eye-catching because it was to see him rounding off so lots of Eire’s assaults, Farrell was fast to focus on different features of the Dubliner’s play. He added:
Ronan has had one or two begins for us earlier than in huge video games and we’ve clearly checked out this window and rightly so, due to his kind on the finish of the season – actually for Leinster, it was high notch – he deserved to start out.
“He’ll be all the higher for these experiences. He’s rising, actually at this stage. His set piece is getting higher.
“We all know how dynamic he’s with the ball, however his defence is much more aggressive and he’s approaching a deal with as a high class hooker.”