Saturday 21 September 2019

Another try for Tadhg

Tadhg Furlong scoring Leinster’s fifth try against Castres
Tadhg Furlong scoring Leinster’s fifth try against Castres

Leinster will be eyeing up a quarter-final tie when they travel to play Wasps on Saturday, having handed a 50-8 drubbing to Castres in their Rugby Union Champions Cup game in the RDS on Saturday.

Leinster had the four-try bonus in the bag by the interval, but they were by no means finished as they went on to add a further three tries, with substitute Tadhg Furlong - not long on the pitch - driving over for a well-executed try, his second on successive weekends.

With Marty Moore back at tight head prop, such has been Furlong's form and progress over recent months that he managed to keep Irish international Mike Ross out of the final squad.

Furlong made a good case for himself to retain his place at least on the bench as they head for their final group game away to Wasps, whom they defeated in their home fixture 25-5.

But the Wasps' dismantling of high-flying Harlequins on a 23-3 scoreline changed the group.

Gordon D'Arcy burst into the game on his introduction late on with a couple of driving plays which he hopes will be enough to win back his starting spot, but then again Luke Fitzgerald and Ian Madigan had hugely impressive games.

Leinster now go into this game with their destiny very much in their own hands.

They head the table on 18 points, with Wasps two points further back and Harlequins on 13 points.

Leinster should travel to Coventry in good heart following this resounding victory, but the manner of their win and return to form will have caught the eye most.

Wexford People

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