Sport Rugby

Sunday 18 March 2018

Heaslip a doubt for saracens

Jamie Heaslip is a doubt for Leinster's Heineken Cup match against Saracens at the RDS next Saturday after suffering a second ankle injury in a month during last night's victory over the Ospreys.

However, coach Joe Schmidt is confident that all his front-liners will be available, including Sean O'Brien, who was forced to miss last night's match with a cut above the eye.

"We're going to have to wait on Jamie," said Schmidt. "It was the same ankle so I'm hesitant to say too much. If there was a doubt, it would be Jamie. But I'd expect everyone else to be available.

"We had a couple of injury concerns during the week. Cian Healy had a strained hamstring and so he was restricted to 40 minutes as fatigue was an issue.

"Jonny Sexton didn't train on Wednesday after picking up a calf strain. He got through most of the game but we took him off before the end because the calf was starting to tighten up a little bit."

Schmidt was critical of his side's "flat" and "stilted" performance in victory, seeing his team's lack of physicality in the contact zone as a chief concern.

"It's something we need to look at ahead of the Saracens game because they will bring just as physical a threat. But I know this group of players very well and I'm confident they can bounce back."

Irish Independent

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