Saturday 23 September 2017

Leinster rally around struggling Sexton

Leinster's fly-half Jonathan Sexton kicks the ball during the match against Toulon on Sunday
Leinster's fly-half Jonathan Sexton kicks the ball during the match against Toulon on Sunday
David Kelly

David Kelly

Leinster have backed out-half Jonathan Sexton to come through his crisis of confidence as they attempt to achieve a first ever victory against Toulon in Saturday's crunch clash at the Aviva.

Sexton struggled with all aspects of his game in the Stade Mayol last Sunday as Leinster confirmed their worst ever run in Europe when they went down to a fourth European defeat in a row,

But assistant coach John Fogarty and Ireland full-back Rob Kearney have raIlied around their three-time European winner.

"I'm not overly concerned about his performances right now. Nothing's changed with Johnny, in the way he played to the way he is now. He's working very, very hard."

Kearney also added his support.

"The out-half generally gets more flak when the team is doing poorly. If the 14 other people around him are playing better, the chances are he'll play better," he said.

Leinster have registered scrum-half Nick McCarthy as hamstrung Isaac Boss struggles for fitness but Richardt Strauss reported no ill-effects after his early departure.

Irish Independent

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