‘We’re always learning’ – McGrath

Date published: November 30 2015

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Leinster loosehead prop Jack McGrath insists his team is learning all the time as they picked up a vital 8-3 win over Ulster on Friday.

The Ireland international helped his side respond from losses to Wasps and Bath with a hard-fought victory in the inter-provincial clash.

And he admits the win at the RDS was the result of plenty of work after the defeat at the Rec, which all but ended their European hopes.

"We came in on Sunday after the Bath game as a front-row and we knew had a bit of work to do," McGrath told Leinster's official website.

"We worked really hard this week. There was a lot of lads hurting, not just in the front row. It showed tonight (Friday) that our pride really came out and we were pretty happy. It was tough to take last week. I think it showed the guys we have in the team to bounce back from that.

"We knew coming into the game, especially at home, we had to put in a big performance. We probably let ourselves down a little bit with the detail, but we got the win against a pretty good Ulster outfit and we're pretty happy, but there's a lot to work on.

"Sometimes it is a game of inches, I know it's a bit of a cliché, but maybe we have to be a bit smarter and a bit more clinical in those areas. But, at least we came away with the four points and we can build from here."

The win was Leinster's sixth in eight PRO12 outings and next they face Glasgow on Saturday at Scotstoun, a challenge McGrath is looking forward to.

"We're always learning, and there's always young guys coming in and they're learning," he said ahead of taking on the reigning champions.

"You do always learn as a player, even if you've 100 caps for Ireland or 10 caps for Ireland, it doesn't matter, you do learn in every game. There's a few things we need to tweak and we're bringing in and we're trying to focus on them in the week.

"It takes probably a few weeks and a few games to make a habit of what you want to do. We started afresh this week and there's a few things we want to work on. They didn't really work this week and some of the stuff may have worked and some of the stuff didn't. We will concentrate on the things that didn't and try and fine-tune them for Glasgow on Saturday." 

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