Wednesday 28 September 2016

Hogan expecting tough test against Ealing

Published 11/12/2015 | 02:30

Hugh Hogan’s side scored eight tries in their last game and have taken nine points from a possible 10
Hugh Hogan’s side scored eight tries in their last game and have taken nine points from a possible 10

It's top versus bottom at Donnybrook this evening (7.30) as Leinster 'A' look to maintain their winning start to the campaign against Ealing Trailfinders.

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Hugh Hogan's side scored eight tries in their last game and have taken nine points from a possible 10. Their back three is made up of Cian Kelleher, Darragh Fanning and Mick McGrath and they will all fancy their chances of running in tries against the side who are also currently propping up the English Championship.

Charlie Rock partners Cathal Marsh at half-back, while Peadar Timmins again captains the side from the No 8 position.

Irish international prop Michael Bent is named in the front-row alongside Peter Dooley and Bryan Byrne.

"Ealing are in the bottom few teams in the Championship, but in some ways they could consider themselves unlucky," Hogan insisted.

"They've put in some really good performances against the top sides, picking up some losing points against Bristol and Bedford for example but not quite getting over the line.

"They've got an astro as their home pitch as well, so something that might have been an advantage for us in Donnybrook doesn't really count.

"They'll be just as used to the pitch as us. I think you'll see two sides willing to use the ball and play with a bit of ambition."

Expect a big home win as Leinster bid to consolidate their place at the top of Pool 1.

Verdict: Leinster 'A'

Leinster 'A' - C Kelleher; D Fanning, C O'Shea, S Crosbie, M McGrath; C Marsh, C Rock; P Dooley, B Byrne, M Bent; G Thornbury, T Beirne; J Murphy, D Leavy, P Timmins (capt). Reps: S McNulty, R Burke-Flynn, D O'Connor, T Ryan, M D'Arcy, H Brewer, I Fitzpatrick.

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