JACK Crowley can inspire Ireland to two wins on the bounce in the U20 Six Nations next Friday night against Wales but head coach Noel McNamara will be looking for further improvement from the Bandon man.
The Cork Constitution player ran from his own 22 to score at the other end in the score of the game last Friday night against Scotland but the player himself will not be getting carried away with the score or the win last Friday.
“The reality with Jack is he’s been playing consistently with Cork Con in the AIL and he’s been playing well. There was some really positive aspects, obviously it’s eye-catching when anyone runs the length he did to score but equally, there’s areas for him to tighten up.
“There were a couple of turnovers and a couple of things that he won’t be happy with in his own performance so I think that’s the overarching thing you would say. There were lots of positives for us but it’s only green shoots. It’s one game so nobody’s getting carried away and Jack’s in exactly the same boat.”
And McNamara is refusing to write Wales off despite their loss to Italy in Colwyn Bay last Friday night.
“I think understanding that Italy are very, very good at this level is important. The first game, there’s always that unknown quantity and it was exactly the same for us so I’ve no doubt Wales will be better for the experience.
“They’ll be smarting from that, they don’t lose that often in Colwyn Bay so they’re certainly going to present us with a big challenge next Friday, I’ve no doubt about that.”
Despite scoring six tries, McNamara has plenty to work on with his side ahead of Friday night’s clash with the Welsh in Cork.
McNamara will also have to look at doing some training outdoors this week as his side had to adjust to windy conditions last Friday night, something they hadn’t been used to in Abbotstown, their new training base.
“I think certainly some of our decision-making, particularly around the momentum when we had momentum, maybe using the weather conditions as well, you know, we probably haven’t trained in very windy conditions. Having the indoor surface up in Abbotstown is probably spoiling us a little bit.
“So I think there’s definitely things around the ruck as well, we probably could be a little bit quicker in terms of our own speed of ball and our ability to play with a little bit more width.
“At times when we did have quick ball we were very difficult to contain but we probably just didn’t achieve that often enough,” said the Ireland head coach.