Thursday 27 July 2017

Lions concerned over Jack McGrath injury

 

Jack McGrath of Leinster leaves the pitch with an injury during the first half of the Guinness PRO12 Semi-Final match between Leinster and Scarlets. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Jack McGrath of Leinster leaves the pitch with an injury during the first half of the Guinness PRO12 Semi-Final match between Leinster and Scarlets. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Leo Cullen was left to rue his side's sloppy defensive errors as 14-man Scarlets dumped Leinster out of the Guinness PRO12 semi-final and denied them a chance at avenging last season's final defeat.

Leinster lost two of their Lions - Jack McGrath (arm) and Tadhg Furlong - to injury and although the latter's issue was just cramp, McGrath faces an anxious wait as he may require further scans today.

McGrath left the pitch after eight minutes at the RDS last night and looked in discomfort less than two weeks before the Lions depart for New Zealand.

"Jack got a whack on his arm so we'll see how he is. He may need to get an X-ray but we'll see how he settles down," a disappointed Cullen said.

"It's very early to say. He has an ice pack on his arm. He just lost a bit of power so we'll see how he is."

Johnny Sexton also picked up a knock early in the game, while Garry Ringrose went off with a knee injury, but Cullen allayed the fears surrounding both players.

Leinster coughed up three first-half tries and despite playing more than half the game with a man extra after Steff Evans was sent off for a dangerous tip-tackle on Ringrose shortly before the break, the home side couldn't find a way to break down a resolute Scarlets defence.

"Their threats were what we talked about," Cullen said.

"The disappointing thing is that for the most part of this season, particularly at home, we played with a lot of attacking intent. Sometimes that brings some risks with it.

"When you come against a team like Scarlets and if you are a little bit inaccurate or a little bit off, they make you pay, and unfortunately that is what happened to us.

"Any windows of opportunities, they flooded the breakdown. They played on the edge and dealt with the officials well."

Meanwhile, Munster were handed a major boost after Jaco Taute committed his future to the province, but confirmation that Donnacha Ryan will depart at the end of the season will leave a sour taste.

As first revealed in the Irish Independent earlier this month, Munster opted to keep Taute on as their NIQ (non-Irish qualified) centre at the expense of All Black Francis Saili, who will also depart at the season's end.

Irish Independent

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