Saturday 24 August 2019

‘Leinster at the bottom of the hole’ - French media react to Champions Cup difficulties

Leinster playeers Rhys Ruddock and Dominic Ryan following their defeat to Bath
Leinster playeers Rhys Ruddock and Dominic Ryan following their defeat to Bath

Tom Laforgue

Leinster’s second successive loss in this season's Champions Cup has sparked reactions from international media.

The three-time European winners have come under intense scrutiny from both home and abroad as they look ahead to the daunting task of winning back-to-back matches against Toulon to stand a realistic chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Leo Cullen's side narrowly went down to Bath at the Rec, which followed on from the back of a home loss to Wasps where the 2012 European winners conceded four tries in a disappointing 33-6 defeat.

In an article entitled ‘Leinster at the bottom of the hole’ French rugby site Rugbyrama has dismissed Leinster’s chances of emerging from their difficult group.

“On Saturday, Kearney, Fitzgerald, Madigan, Sexton, Heaslip, O'Brien, Toner, Cronin and others lost again at Bath and have already without a doubt said goodbye to qualification,” they wrote.

Another French site, la Croix, were surprised at the Irish province’s recent performances in what they call the hardest group in the competition.

“Sensation! Last year’s semi-finalists are almost eliminated. The Dubliners lost their second match Saturday at Bath and are now forced to win all their games” they wrote.

Leinster's next outing will be in the intimidating Stade Mayol when they face the Top 14 kingpins on December 13th followed by a week later by later by the visit of the reigning champions.

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