Griggs: Confidence Is Excessive, However France Deliver A Completely different Problem – Irish Rugby


Having spent a number of months engaged on a game-plan for his or her eventual return to motion, Eire Girls’s head coach Adam Griggs was thrilled to see it coming collectively at Cardiff Arms Park this night.

Lengthy earlier than the ultimate whistle was blown of their opening sport of Pool B within the revamped Six Nations Championship, Eire had made sure of their bonus level victory.

Eimear Considine and Beibhinn Parsons received the ball rolling with a brace of tries every, earlier than Sene Naoupu, Dorothy Wall and Hannah Tyrrell additionally crossed to safe a convincing 45-0 win.

Talking at his post-match press convention, Griggs stated: “I believe in that first half you noticed perhaps a few of the frustration of not enjoying for therefore lengthy popping out. We have been actually scientific in a few of these components.

“The pleasing factor is quite a lot of these issues that got here off, we’ve labored onerous on in coaching. We spoke about it earlier than this sport, placing in a efficiency that confirmed all of the onerous work we’d performed up to now. I used to be actually happy by that.”

Compared to the primary half the place they raced right into a 31-0 lead by the Twenty eighth-minute, a few of Eire’s play in the course of the closing 40 minutes was scrappy and never as correct as they’d have appreciated.

Griggs places quite a lot of this all the way down to the way in which the sport had panned out earlier on. The New Zealander is happy that there have been nonetheless areas to enhance upon, regardless of the emphatic nature of the consequence.

It’s a type of issues, you possibly can fall right into a little bit of a lure if you get early tries. You get such a lead you can overplay at occasions.

“I believe we have been most likely a little bit bit responsible of that. A few of our core abilities, that seemed so sharp within the first half, allow us to down. From a training group perspective, it’s an excellent factor that you simply’ve received actually optimistic clips to indicate them.

“However on the similar time there’s loads that we are able to work on. We all know that France will carry a unique problem. Them travelling to us goes to be one thing that we’ll goal across the travelling facet of issues, however the confidence within the group is actually sky excessive after that.”

Having beforehand spent most of her 15s worldwide profession at both full-back or on the wing, Tyrrell was moved to out-half for final October’s house defeat of Italy. She responded with a assured show and retained her spot alongside Kathryn Dane for Eire’s first sport of 2021.

Along with slotting over 5 conversions – plenty of them from acute angles – she scored a five-pointer of her personal and likewise arrange Parsons’ second rating with an outstanding cross-field kick.

This made the previous Eire Sevens worldwide a well-liked choice because the player-of-the-match. With Tyrrell impressing within the quantity 10 jersey, Griggs believes he could now have an answer to what had turn out to be a difficult conundrum.

“It has been no secret. We’ve been seeking to nail down that place and I believe between her and Kathryn Dane, in that 9-10 slot, we have to construct our crew round that anchor of these gamers.

“I believe they each took that on immediately and actually did an excellent job steering us across the park. Hannah has received that pure eye for the sport.

“I do know she’s received that GAA background together with her boot, which actually helps us as nicely. She will be able to put that lengthy kick when she must and I believe we noticed some very nice delicate grubbers by way of as nicely.

“For me that’s simply her constructing confidence in her sport understanding and actually enjoying heads up rugby.

“Then the fantastic thing about her is that we have been capable of shift her to the wing after which to full-back when Eimear went (off) with cramp. She’s received that versatility for us as nicely, which is vital.”

Griggs has built-in plenty of gamers into the squad since taking cost in 2018. This continued within the Welsh capital with Eve Higgins handed her debut at centre whereas Stacey Flood and Emily Lane additionally received their first 15s caps off the bench.

He was happy with the contributions of this younger triumvirate, who’ve all appeared for Eire within the HSBC World Rugby Girls’s Sevens Collection in recent times.

They have been definitely excited for it. Even we had our jersey presentation this morning and I believe it at all times hits house and offers a little bit of a actuality of what the jersey means to them.

“Who they’re enjoying for and representing…you possibly can see the grins on their faces and we have been actually pleased with what they did on the sphere as nicely, which is clearly the plus.

“I believed they added some actual affect across the park. I do know they’ll be a lot better for that have shifting ahead.”

Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe and Grace Moore are the remaining uncapped gamers within the Eire squad and will probably be hoping to be within the reckoning for subsequent Saturday’s crunch showdown with France in Dublin.

Their presence in camp helps to create energy in depth, one thing Griggs has been striving for throughout the previous couple of campaigns.

“We’ve labored actually onerous over the past couple of seasons to construct that competitiveness on this group. We spoke about how this group had the accountability this week and for probably the most half everybody carried out very well,” he acknowledged.

“So long as you do this, it drives the requirements from the gamers that aren’t concerned as nicely. As I stated, we’ve had a settled sufficient squad after which including these gamers from that Sevens group as nicely has actually pushed issues on. The complications are at all times an excellent headache and that’s the state of affairs.”

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