Leinster 'A' power can see off Welsh
Published 21/01/2012 | 05:00
LEINSTER'S second string will seek to book their place in the semi-finals of the British and Irish Cup when they run out against Pontypridd at Donnybrook tomorrow (2.0).
Winger Andrew Conway was ruled out of contention after picking up a minor knock and Leinster have left a vacancy at full-back to be filled before kick-off, but Ciaran Ruddock captains a side more than capable of making the last four.
With Jamie Hagan getting a run with the Heineken Cup side, Nathan White brings heft and experience to a powerful front-row alongside Jack McGrath and Aaron Dundon.
Mark Flanagan is in the second-row, fresh from his impressive Pro12 showing against Cardiff, while Ruddock forms a strong back-row next to Jordi Murphy and Leo Auva'a.
Pontypridd go into the clash on the back of a disappointing defeat away to Bridgend in the Welsh Premiership, where they are in third position. The Welsh side have made this competition a focal point of their season and are said to have been preparing well, psychologically and physically, for what they regard as a defining clash.
However, Leinster, with Auva'a a guaranteed source of front-foot ball, should have too much power in the forwards and guile out wide.
LEINSTER 'A' -- AN Other; D Hudson, B Macken, C O'Shea, A Boyle; N Reid, J Cooney; J McGrath, A Dundon, N White, N Keogh, M Flanagan, C Ruddock (capt), J Murphy, L Auva'a. Reps: T Sexton, J O'Connell, J Conan, C Gilsenan, L McGrath, C Marsh, B Daly.