Brian O’Driscoll On What Sets Keith Earls Apart & Why He’s So Good
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The Moyross express.
Keith Earls has picked up exactly where he left off before he got injured in November over the last few weeks, with some incredible performances in the PRO14 and Champions Cup.
The Limerick man has been absolutely tearing it up, and shows absolutely no sign of slowing down. He destroyed Racing’s defence at the U-Arena and left Castres for dead on Sunday evening, in a man-of-the-match display.
Brian O’Driscoll was asked about Earls on Off The Ball on Monday, and says he’s a “game-changer.”
“He’s ripping it up.”
“I’ve always been a huge Keith Earls fan. I saw that in training (his talent) so often.”
“He’s had a lot of misfortune with injury, coming at bad times. Just when he’d get a run of form he’d pick up something else.”
“And he’s had a coupe of fairly long-term injuries as well, and out of sight out of mind. People forget it’s about building momentum in people’s minds as well. And being a regular in the team.
“He’s got I don’t know how many caps exactly, 50 or 60 caps maybe. But he’s a game-changer. And that’s what I always liked about him.”
“He’s someone that if you need a score, if you get it to him with a bit of space, he can create it from nothing from a standing start. And we’ve seen that over the last couple of weeks.”
In terms of what sets his apart from other players, O’Driscoll said:
“He’s also someone, he’s super fit, but he waits for players to get tired. And that’s why you see him having a big effect on games later on, because everyone else is gone through an hours work and he does that same work, but he just bides his time. “
“And then that explosiveness and speed in the last 20 minutes.”
“He has an 80-minute turbo, so when everyone else is on 90% of their tank, he’s still on 98-99 for the last twenty minutes.”