Friday 28 April 2017

'The fact they took a title off us last May added spice to it' - Dan Leavy reveals Leinster's motivation

Dan Leavy of Leinster is tackled by Sean O'Brien, right, and Andrew Browne of Connacht
Dan Leavy of Leinster is tackled by Sean O'Brien, right, and Andrew Browne of Connacht
David Kelly

David Kelly

Man of the match Dan Leavy admitted last May’s Pro 12 final defeat to Connacht added spice to the RDS re-match as his Leinster side shot to the top of the league standings.

“The fact they took a title off us last May added spice to it, gassed the flames to it and a lot of the guys are beaten and bruised. These are good times and it was a great win against a quality side. We denied them a bonus point too.

“I’m tired! It was a pretty physical game, they brought incredible pace for the first 20 minutes which made it hard to live with. But we got our defence sorted and then it got a little more comfortable.

“We didn’t panic, teams will always get purple patches. We just built into it and even when Sean O’Brien got a yellow card we won that period and then they got a yellow.

“The scrum gave us a good platform in the game, it was a serious fight-back from us and we trusted our system.

“We scored a couple of tries and we could have scored a few more. I was expecting Bundee Aki to come on early, no shock there! Finlay Bealham too.

“Bundee is a constant threat, I didn’t line him up personally, but you need to shut down their quality players, that’s what you try to do in every game. You try to strangle the life out of teams.

“A pillar of our team is evolution and we can’t start like that against Zebre next week.

“This was an interprovincial game, there is always bragging rights and you always want to beat your neighbours.”

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