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Murphy to share Cup-winning secrets in quarter-final pursuit

Kieran Murphy has been sharing his experience of winning the British and Irish Cup ahead of two weeks of action that could end with Ealing Trailfinders in the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

Ben Ward’s side require six points from their last two matches – at home to Newport Gwent Dragons Premiership Select and away to Yorkshire Carnegie – to guarantee themselves top spot in Pool 5 and a place in the knockout rounds. 

Murphy and current teammate Josh Davies were part of the London Welsh team that won the 2015-16 Cup with a 33-10 win over Yorkshire Carnegie at Headingley. 

He scored a second-half try and was the last Exiles player to touch the ball on the day as he booted the ball off the pitch after the clock had ticked past the 80-minute mark. 

“It was an interesting run and I think we lost our first game against Cornish Pirates, but then we put together a good cup run and it really lifted the boys,” Murphy said. 

“We were under the pump a lot on the first half and on the day it was a fantastic performance by James Lewis who scored a hat-trick. In the second half we managed to run in a few tries and I managed to pick one up myself. It was a fun bus ride home and we enjoyed the celebrations.”

The back-rower moved to Ealing Trailfinders from the Exiles in December and made his debut off the bench on Christmas Eve and then started away to Jersey Reds on New Year’s Day. 

On both occasions he was named man of the match, but unfortunately he will have to sit out the next two weeks as he is cup-tied. 

Nonetheless he has seen enough from the team to leave him confident that team is good enough to progress further in the competition. 

“They’re going to be tough matches, but from what I’ve seen from the boys in training and from playing with them I think they’re both winnable games and there’s no reason we can’t make it two from two,” he said.

“The boys have made the whole process really easy for me, especially out on the pitch as I can just go out and feel comfortable in the system and comfortable with the players around me.”