Wednesday 17 July 2019

Furlong and Leinster end campaign on high note

Tadhg Furlong continued his love affair with trophies as once again he was outstanding as Leinster overcame the challenge of Glasgow Warriors to retain the PRO14 League Cup in Celtic Park on Saturday.

The eventual winning margin was 18-15 in a high-octane game, with the Glasgow side in their home city setting up a tense finish with a late try that left just three points separating the sides on the final whistle.

Leinster, winning their tenth trophy in twelve seasons, compensated for their European Cup final defeat to Saracans with a display fitting for this occasion.

They had to draw on all their experience and individual skills to see off a Glasgow side so intent on winning the trophy on what could be termed home soil.

Leinster had to show all their qualities, having fallen 7-0 adrift early in the first-half, but the front row trio laid a solid platform for their victory.

Furlong was not alone dominant in the scrums but also in the loose, while his tackle count was once again remarkably high for a front row forward.

His excellent handling, marked out with a superb 25-metre pass to Gary Ringrose, set the tone for his excellent all-round display.

Along with loose head Cian Healy and hooker Seán Cronin, they demolished the Glasgow front row, with Healy getting his side's second try, while also being awarded man of the match.

After what has been a hectic and long season, Furlong and his colleagues will take a break before beginning preparations for the pre-World Cup internationals.

Japan will now be at the back of Furlong and his colleagues' minds as they first enjoy their back-to-back Pro14 league titles.

Also on the rugby front, Enniscorthy's Josh Murphy has been handed a new Leinster contract.

Despite studying for his medical degree, Murphy has enjoyed his Leinster campaign and impressed Leo Cullen and his staff sufficiently to have been offered a new contract.

Gorey Guardian