Sunday 21 January 2018

'This is the stuff we practice every day' - Johnny Sexton explains the impact Stuart Lancaster has had on Leinster

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Leinster continued their resurgence last night with a walloping of Montpellier at the RDS - and Johnny Sexton thinks senior coach Stuart Lancaster has had a big part to play in the team's revival.

The former England head coach joined the Leinster coaching staff at the start of the season, which has coincided with a rich vein of attacking form for the team.

Leinster have been back to their swashbuckling best in Europe after a couple of tough seasons in the Champions Cup, and Sexton explained exactly what Lancaster has brought to the table after last night's win.

“It’s not by accident that you see everyone wanting to get the ball in their hands. Stuart Lancaster has come in and had a big influence on the style of rugby,” Sexton told EPC Rugby.

“This is the stuff we practice every day in training, the unstructured part of our game. We spend time on our off-loading game, so it’s not by chance or a fluke – it is being worked on every day.

“Stuart has had a great influence on us and the whole organisation and it is a great place to be again.

“You could see the crowd at the end – that’s why we’ve got to perform next week and bring a quarter-final home to these supporters.”

Leinster's big bonus point win last night booked their place in the Champions Cup quarter-final, with a win over Castres next Friday night enough to seal a home tie in the next round.

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