Sunday 19 August 2018

'I'm fat and slow, Isa's faster than me and he's on one leg' - James Lowe pays tribute to Nacewa on RDS farewell

19 May 2018; James Lowe of Leinster in action against Simon Zebo of Munster during the Guinness PRO14 semi-final match between Leinster and Munster at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
19 May 2018; James Lowe of Leinster in action against Simon Zebo of Munster during the Guinness PRO14 semi-final match between Leinster and Munster at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Sam Roberts

Leinster wing James Lowe paid tribute to Isa Nacewa after the club captain played his last game at the RDS ahead of his retirement at the end of the season.

"I've been here seven months and words can't describe what a leader he [Nacewa] is, what a person he is and how selfless he is," Lowe told Sky Sports.

Leinster defeated local rivals Munster 16-15 in a tense Pro14 semi-final in Dublin this afternoon, booking their place in the final to be held in the Aviva Stadium next weekend.

Lowe set-up his side's opening try as he stepped past Simon Zebo and offloaded inside to Jack Conan who touched down to give Leinster the lead.

A late Gerbrandt Grobler try brought Munster within a point and set-up a tense finish, but with time up Leinster substitute Max Deegan won a penalty at the breakdown to ensure Leinster would advance to next week's final, and keep their hopes of a double alive.

Despite winning the man-of-the-match award, Lowe instead turned the attention to the retiring Nacewa, who was an injury doubt for the home side ahead of the game, and had to be replaced early in the second half.

"I'm fat and slow, Isa's faster than me and he's on one leg," Lowe joked.

"He [Nacewa] has been walking around on one leg for the last couple of weeks, I don't think he's got any cartilage left in his knee.

"The man's a ridiculous part of this club."

Leinster will face the Scarlets in the final next Saturday in a rematch of the Champions Cup semi-final between the two sides where Leinster ran out comprehensive 38-16 winners, and Lowe said that loss will fuel the visitors.

"It's been a very long season, the Scarlets are here with something to prove," Lowe said.

"For them its definitely something they want to target, they came here last time and didn't get what they came for, so they're coming this time."

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