Leinster never panicked – Fanning

Date published: October 21 2014

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Two-try wing Darragh Fanning insisted that Leinster were never concerned despite being 12 points down against Wasps on Sunday.

Two-try wing Darragh Fanning insisted that Leinster were never concerned despite being 12 points down against Wasps on Sunday.

The three-time European champions eventually won came through for a 25-20 victory at the RDS to get of to a winning start, although not without some discomfort.

Fanning though stated that there was never any alarm in the side, as Leinster went about their way to get back into the contest.

“No matter the score I’ve always felt confident in the team – we always know we have more in the tank. I was never worried out there,” said Fanning.

“I don’t think any of the team panicked; we knew there was a big wind, we knew they got two very lucky tries and we knew that if we just stuck to our process that eventually we’d just get the rewards and that’s what happened in the second half.”

Fanning’s two tries certainly put him in the spotlight, with the tall 28-year-old in his second season with Leinster having spent three years at Connacht.

“I got a full pre-season, which I didn’t get last year – pre-season last year was about two weeks. Obviously I’ve got a lot of chances, I know there are a few injuries, but it’s great getting game time. I’m just loving getting as many minutes as I can at the moment.

“The tries are nice but there’s definitely stuff I have to work on from that game; a few small mistakes, a few things I can still definitely work on. But it’s always nice to get a couple of tries.”

Leinster’s attention will now turn to a difficult visit to struggling Castres, with the Top 14 club a far trickier opponent to tackle at home than on the road.

“We saw last year how tough they were over there and it’s going to be the same again. Watching the rugby yesterday (Saturday), I think Munster were the only team to win away,” added Fanning.

“Being at home is a massive advantage in Europe and it’s going to be tough for us next week. We need another big week this week. We’ll re-group on Tuesday, go through the Castres stuff and go from there.”

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