Tuesday 24 October 2017

Leinster hope Sexton will be fit for Treviso

LEINSTER are confident that the injury sustained by Jonathan Sexton on Saturday night is not serious and are hopeful the out-half may be available for this weekend's trip to Treviso, writes hugh farrelly.

Sexton -- who damaged his quad muscle in the warm-up ahead of the Magners League victory over Cardiff Blues -- has had a scan and will undergo further medical examination with an update due tomorrow.

Winger Shane Horgan is said to be "pretty sore" after bruising his hip but coach Joe Schmidt said that he should be available to face the Italians as should flanker Shane Jennings, who received a stamp on his calf. Centre Fergus McFadden had to go off after receiving a heavy blow to the head/neck area but was able to return just before the end.

Meanwhile, Munster 'A' scored a 19-7 victory over Leinster 'A' in Donnybrook yesterday with out-half Scott Deasy scoring the decisive second-half try after Munster led 12-7 at half-time. Deasy raced clear after intercepting a pass on half-way.

Centre Troy Smith and full-back Seamus Scanlon were Munster's other try-scorers, while winger Michael Keating scored the hosts' touchdown. Rhys Ruddock, who impressed on Ireland's summer tour when called up from the U-20 World Cup squad, did well after replacing Leinster 'A' captain Stephen Keogh. Munster 'A' take on their Ulster counterparts in Nenagh on Friday.

Irish Independent

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