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Leinster can ill afford to lose prop for Champions Cup final

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Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong pounces on a loose ball against Dorian Aldegheri of Toulouse during the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong pounces on a loose ball against Dorian Aldegheri of Toulouse during the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Michael Ala'alatoa

Michael Ala'alatoa

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Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong pounces on a loose ball against Dorian Aldegheri of Toulouse during the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

There weren’t too many times the air went out of the occasion last Saturday, but as Tadhg Furlong was helped off the pitch, you could sense the anxiety levels rising around the Aviva Stadium.

By that early stage, Leinster were already 13-7 to the good and looking well on track for victory, yet Furlong’s absence was sorely felt, as Toulouse turned up the heat at scrum time and had the Leinster front-row in all sorts of trouble.


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