Griggs: Selecting Same Team Is Reward For Last Week’s Good Start – Irish Rugby


After seeing his facet begin their marketing campaign in such convincing style, Eire Girls’s head coach Adam Griggs feels continuity is the perfect plan of action as they appear to beat France in Saturday’s Six Nations showdown.

Griggs has named an unchanged group for the conflict at Energia Park, which comes every week on from their 45-0 win over Wales. Eve Higgins, who gained her first cap in Cardiff, options once more at outdoors centre.

Talking concerning the group choice, the New Zealander stated: “We’ve talked about some cohesion with the beginning facet. We have a look at final week’s efficiency, we received off to a extremely good begin in that first half.

“It’s actually how we wish to play the sport. Giving them that chance towards the French this weekend was actually key, that they’re rewarded for the nice begin they’d.

“Trying ahead to this week, as I’ve alluded to, the second half efficiency (final week) in all probability dropped off just a little bit.

“I believe that’s pure by way of we haven’t performed for a very long time and whereas the primary half was sharp and we executed what we needed to, there’s in all probability a give attention to sustaining that.

“These 10 minutes earlier than half-time and 10 minutes after are actually vital to us, to be sure that we preserve what we laid our platform on final week.”

There may be some motion on the bench with hooker Emma Hooban again in an Eire matchday squad for the primary time since March 2019. Tipperary’s Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe can also be listed amongst the replacements.

Murphy Crowe will make her 15s worldwide debut if known as upon, and Griggs believes she is starting to come back to phrases along with her transition from the Sevens set-up, the place she has shone on the World Collection circuit for a number of seasons.

I believe there’s no secret of Amee-Leigh’s athletic means and the way dynamic (she is). She has that X-factor that she brings to the Sevens stage. I do know we spoke final week about her nonetheless studying a number of the intricacies of the sport.

“We had her in with us final week, she travelled to Wales in order that she might get a great really feel for preparation by way of a Take a look at match after which clearly what it was all about on recreation day.

“To present her a chance this week at house, it’s vital that it’s one other step in her studying. If she will be able to get on the park, I’m certain will probably be good for her.”

It has been fairly a while for the reason that Eire Girls final confronted France. A 3rd spherical encounter in Dublin again in March 2019 is the newest assembly of the 2 sides, a recreation that ended 47-17 in favour of les Bleues.

They have been on account of meet in a rescheduled 2020 Six Nations tie final October, just for it to be cancelled for Covid-related causes. Quite than it being a priority that they don’t have any nearer reference level for this French outfit, Griggs is hoping to make use of it as a bonus.

“I believe it has really added a little bit of vitality to us,” he admitted. “As a result of the final couple of instances we have been on account of play France, it has been known as off.

“We’ve spoken about testing ourselves towards world class opposition. France are ranked fourth on the earth and also you see them compete usually with the likes of England and their Take a look at matches.

“For us, we’re actually excited simply to see the place we’re at in our journey and see how we match up. I believe getting a great begin final week has given us some confidence that we will actually trigger an upset after they come right here on Saturday.”

Nonetheless, Griggs is conscious of how potent a power this French group is and the threats they will pose all through the sector.

“You have a look at (Pauline) Bourdon at 9 and (Caroline) Boujard on the wing, two gamers that we’re going to have to verify we hold a lid on early on.

“Once more, we’ve actually received to focus on slowing down their ball. I believe in the event that they get front-foot ball, they will develop into very harmful on assault.

“Round that breakdown, ensuring that we will disrupt it early on and never give them the platform to make use of that ball out broad is absolutely vital. Equally, I believe for us by way of assault, it’s being affected person and incomes that proper to play.

“We in all probability overplayed just a few instances final week and that’s in all probability how the sport opened up, however I do know this week will probably be a unique take a look at. We’ve to be sure that we construct that platform first, keep affected person earlier than we glance to reveal them out broad if we will.”

After all, Eire have their very own attacking weapon within the type of Ballinasloe teenager Beibhinn Parsons. Simply 9 caps in, she already has 5 tries to her title – together with final week’s brace towards Wales.

Having labored alongside Parsons for numerous years, Griggs is worked up by her growth and acknowledges there’s extra to come back from her. He added:

She is getting a whole lot of consideration, however I believe as you’ve in all probability heard, she’s fairly mature for her age. Clearly I’ve been with Beibhinn since she burst onto the scene.

“I used to be concerned along with her within the (Eire) Below-18 Sevens set-up as nicely. We’ve recognized one another some time now and labored collectively. I believe she’s dealing with it fairly nicely.

“I suppose the facet of it that we should be ready for is, with that spotlight and the way nicely she’s finished, is that she’s going to come back throughout quite a bit stronger defence this weekend. If I used to be teaching on the alternative facet, I’d be placing two defenders on her to be sure that she’s marked up nicely.

“We’ve received to be sure that we will carry her into the sport in different methods and never simply a number of the highlight-reel stuff we noticed final week. It’s going to take extra of an effort to grind them down.

“She’s able to that and that’s in all probability the place she’s nonetheless studying just a little bit and simply understanding her position. How she could be a risk in different areas of the sector, reasonably than simply ready on the wing for the ball.”

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