Saturday 24 February 2018

Leinster 'A' can brush Moseley aside

Girvan Dempsey, head coach, Leinster A
Girvan Dempsey, head coach, Leinster A
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Pool 1 leaders and reigning champions Leinster go into this evening's game (6.0) with Moseley needing just a single point to advance to the quarter-finals.

Girvan Dempsey's side have been in scintillating form in this season's competition having picked up 19 from a possible 20 points in the pool thus far and scoring 138 points in the process.

With Moseley unable to qualify for the knockout stages, their interest is certain to be firmly on domestic matters where they sit perilously close to the foot of the Championship table.

Leinster won the reverse fixture in Birmingham by just two points and will be aiming to make it five wins from five in Donnybrook.

Darragh Fanning's try 10 minutes from time, followed by Cathal Marsh's conversion, gave their side a crucial victory and both players are again named in Leinster's starting XV.

Luke McGrath captains the side from scrum-half. Collie O'Shea is rewarded for his good form with Clontarf with a start at inside centre. Up front, Quinn Roux is named in the second-row alongside Ben Marshall, while Jack Conan is in the back-row.

Moseley are coached by former Ireland international Kevin Maggs and, according to the club's website, "the B&I was never a priority for the season," while "there is little to commend the competition to most clubs in the Championship."

Leinster on the other hand will be eager to defend their title as well as their proud unbeaten record.

Moseley have made their feelings abundantly clear, setting it up nicely for Leinster to advance to the last eight.

Verdict: Leinster

Leinster 'A' -- D Hudson; S Coghlan-Murray, C O'Shea, J Coughlan, D Fanning; C Marsh, L McGrath (capt); E Byrne, B Byrne, T Furlong; B Marshall, Q Roux; J Conan, J van den Flier, L Auva'a. Reps: C Culleton, P Dooley, R Molony, G Austen, J Cooney, R Byrne, A Boyle.

Moseley -- A Carter; M Williams, S Armstrong, G King, M Penn; W Hooley, S Brown; T Warren, R Buckley, S Thorp; A Woolford, G Charlton; N Mason, O Robinson, B Lawrence. Reps: C Voisey, M Williams, A Parkins, J Carpenter, D Brazier, W Owen, C Ryan.

Irish Independent

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