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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Furlong plays a crucial role

Tadhg shines in Leinster win

Tadhg Furlong of Leinster is tackled by Glasgow Warriors duo Rob Harley (right) and Greg Peterson during Sunday's European Cup encounter in the RDS
Tadhg Furlong of Leinster is tackled by Glasgow Warriors duo Rob Harley (right) and Greg Peterson during Sunday's European Cup encounter in the RDS

Brendan Furlong

It's definitely been an impressive start to the new year for Tadhg Furlong.

Having enjoyed a 2017 season that saw him catapulted into the Lions team, where he emerged as one of the leading tight heads on the tour, Furlong's progress has continued to be monitored through the opening months of the new season.

After impressive displays against the three provinces, Munster, Connacht and Ulster, Furlong returned to the RDS on Sunday afternoon where Leinster dished out a 55-19 defeat to Glasgow Warriors in their European Cup game, a result that guarantees them a home quarter-final spot, despite having one game left to play.

Furlong, who had been a doubt earlier in the week, having suffered an arm injury against Ulster, passed his fitness test, going on to dominate the scrum in his 58 minutes on the pitch.

The Leinster scrum was rock-solid, while their line-out was excellent, creating an attacking base for their backs. As a result they ran amok against a Glasgow side, which by this stage was out of European contention.

Leinster ran in eight tries over the 80 minutes, and now they travel to Montpellier this weekend where just one point could guarantee them a semi-final spot.

Meanwhile, Josh Murphy was in his usual number six slot for Leinster 'A' who defeated Cardiff Blues 41-27 in the British & Irish Cup at Sardis Road on Saturday.

It was Leinster's fifth consecutive bonus point success in Pool Two and, having conceded an early penalty, they were in the driving seat for the remainder of the game.

They have now booked their place in the knockout stages with a game to spare.

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