Saturday 24 August 2019

Larmour: We want to repay our loyal fans

Jordan Larmour. Photo: Sportsfile
Jordan Larmour. Photo: Sportsfile

Despite suffering a disappointing defeat in the Champions Cup final, 21-year-old Jordan Larmour was the epitome of an old head on young shoulders.

Rather than let the Saracens defeat get under his skin, he quickly pointed out how he and his team-mates still have the backing of their support and will be looking to repay their faith, starting tomorrow with Munster's visit to the RDS Arena.

"There's a massive game this weekend and we want to defend our PRO14 title and give something back to the support because Saturday was incredible," says the former St Andrew's College man.

"The stadium was just a sea of blue, all chanting 'Leinster'. It's bitterly disappointing but we can't dwell on it, we have to kick on this week.

"The support all year has been incredible, a sold-out RDS - it doesn't get much better than that.

"As always with Munster and Leinster games, it's pretty hostile and pretty physical.

Scrum coach John Fogarty also highlighted this week how important the support has been on Leinster's journey to this stage of the season.

"It made it difficult at the end of the game for us when we didn't quite repay what they gave us," Fogarty says.

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"Our supporters, when we drove into the stadium, we were swamped. It was a sea of supporters, 25,000 or 30,000 people travelled. That's something that's a really big positive from the weekend.

"We get to go out in the RDS and play for our supporters and put in a good performance for them.

"I think that's at the front of everybody's mind now, getting over the defeat and looking forward to playing in the RDS is important now.

"There's going to be an epic battle in the RDS. Form goes out the window. It's all about how we can mentally pitch up, how we can prepare our team and how we actually perform on the day.

"I think probably that performance part is the thing we'll look closely at."

The last-four clash is the second time in as many years that the provinces have met each other at this stage, last year ending in victory for Leinster by 16-15.

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Munster have had a week more than Leinster to prepare for the clash as it has been two weeks since their win over Benetton at Thomond Park in the quarter-final.

Larmour acknowledges that the extra week will have been very beneficial to Munster and their planning.

"They had two weeks so they'll be chomping at the bit now to get going.

"Always with Munster, they're very physical, have good line-speed, good numbers on their feet and with the backs they have, they can rip you apart," Larmour adds.

"We'll have to have a good look at them this afternoon and see where we can exploit them and come up with a game plan to beat them.

"With the two weeks to prepare, they're ready but we'll flip the page and be ready to go."

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