Saturday 24 February 2018

Leinster 'A' targeting home quarter-final

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen Photo: Sportsfile
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

It's difficult to know how much Leo Cullen will have learned from his youngsters' British and Irish Cup campaign as they have breezed passed all of their opponents.

Leinster 'A' are the only side in the competition with a 100pc winning record, collecting 24 from a possible 25 points and scoring 197 points (highest in the competition) along the way.

In truth, Leinster may be hoping for some tougher tests and this evening (7.30) they welcome Rotherham Titans to Donnybrook.

With a quarter-final place already guaranteed, Leinster are bidding to ensure that they seal a home draw in the last eight and there is little to suggest that they won't comfortably do so.

There are six changes in total from the team who hammered Moesely (49-24) last time out and such is the strength in depth of the squad, they will be expecting another victory against the Championship side.

Cian Kelleher and Mick McGrath are both recalled to take their place on either wing while centres Rory O'Loughlin and Harrison Brewer will start their first game in this season's competition. Steve Crosbie is named at out-half.

Up front, the only change sees Leinster U-20 captain James Ryan start in the second-row alongside David O'Connor.

It's been a straightforward campaign for Leinster 'A' and they should have little trouble sealing a home quarter-final.

Verdict: Leinster 'A'

Leinster 'A' - B Dardis; C Kelleher, R O'Loughlin, H Brewer, M McGrath; S Crosbie, N McCarthy; J Loughman, B Byrne, O Heffernan; D O'Connor, J Ryan; J Murphy, D Leavy, P Timmins (capt). Reps: A Dundon, A Porter, W Connors, T Ryan, C Rock, J Carbery, D Fanning.

Irish Independent

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