Conan praised by O’Connor

Date published: December 1 2014

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor has hailed the performance of number eight Jack Conan after their 18-12 victory against the Ospreys.

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has praised the performance of number eight Jack Conan after Saturday’s 18-12 PRO12 victory over the Ospreys.

The 22-year-old carried tirelessly for the Irish province as they responded well to their draw in Treviso by beating the in-form Welsh region.

No tries were scored in the encounter as the boot of Ian Madigan and Jimmy Gopperth helped the home side better Sam Davies’ four penalties.

However, it was a certain forward who caught the eye of O’Connor, with Conan earning praise.

“Jack Conan is getting better and better every time he plays,” the head coach told about his number eight’s strong performance.

“I think he was hands down the man of the match tonight and he probably was last week against Treviso as well.

“It was tough. Ospreys came with a pretty good plan to get off the line and make it hard for us at the breakdown and play good field position.

“Full credit to them, they delivered that plan and got a point out of it.

“We created a couple of chances after the break and we probably put ourselves in a position to score two or three tries. For a couple of reasons we didn’t take those and it left Ospreys in the game.”