GARRYOWEN head coach Conan Doyle believes the side’s gritty display in Saturday’s Ulster Bank League semi-final showed the ‘Light Blues’ are capable of winning the competition.
Doyle felt Lansdowne’s 17-point winning margin was not a fair reflection on how the game had played out.
Doyle said: “They were clinical when they got their opportunities. I don’t think the scoreline was a fair reflection of how close the battle was, but to be fair they got their scores when they were on offer and unfortunately a few bounces of the ball didn’t go our way and I thought that was a big difference.
“At 15-12 to them, they got a try from a chip over the top, it bounced perfectly into Scott Deasy’s hands and they finished it well.
“That is just the quality they have, but I think a couple of those could have come off for us as well and it could have been different. I thought the lads battled very, very hard and showed they are capable of winning a competition like this, just not today.
“It has been a great year for us. We have had a really strong season, winning the Munster Senior Cup and getting into the top four in the AIL, but when you get to the end of the season you just need to be that extra bit strong and something like home advantage can definitely make a difference.
“That is something we will be aiming for next season, hopefully, we can have another strong year and maybe push for first or second. That is a long way off.”
The landscape in Division 1A in Limerick next season will change with Shannon’s promotion to the top flight.
Doyle said: “I think it is going to be great for Limerick rugby. It will bring a nice buzz, two more matches in Limerick for everyone.”
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