Leinster legend Brian O’Driscoll says the Dubliners have a point to prove when they take on Munster at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.
Last season’s beaten finalists have endured a disappointing start to the new campaign, winning just one of their four games to date.
And while O’Driscoll insists he and his team-mates are paying no attention to the critical assessments from ex-players and the media, the Ireland skipper is determined to remind the world that Leinster remain a team to fear.
“We have a point as players to prove that we haven’t become a bad team overnight,” said O’Driscoll, who starts at outside centre in the biggest clash in European rugby this weekend.
“We just need to do the simple things well, grow into the game and get a bit of confidence.
“They can sit on their armchairs and look at one game and judge people off that. If they come to training day in, day out they’ll see there are quite high interest levels there.
“But we don’t really pay much heed when we’re being patted on the back, like we don’t pay a huge amount of heed when people are getting on our backs.”
If Leinster are to return to winning ways in Round 5, O’Driscoll is fully aware that improvements will be need to be made on both an individual and collective level.
The quality of players within the Leinster squad is clear for all to see but, as things stand, personal performances aren’t quite hitting the required mark.
“There is a huge onus on player responsibility this weekend to front up individually and then as a team collectively,” added O’Driscoll.
“To that end, each Leinster player has analysed his own performance individually and realised the parts that they have to improve on. I have looked at aspects of my game that I might need to improve in.
“We are not going to divulge what work we have done but if we play to our potential we will give anyone a run for their money and certainly Munster.”