Thursday 22 February 2018

New Leinster star Lowe close to PRO 14 debut after touching down in Dublin

James Lowe, in action for the Chiefs, will soon be a familiar figure at the RDS. Photo: Getty
James Lowe, in action for the Chiefs, will soon be a familiar figure at the RDS. Photo: Getty

Des Berry

James Lowe has touched down in Dublin to add a dash of flash to Leinster.

The lethal left wing has all the natural gifts of the game, acceleration, footwork, low centre of gravity, kitten-soft hands, a wand for a left foot.

He will be given a licence to thrill in the same way that Jordan Larmour has begun to do in Blue.

The 20-year-old is building the kind of confidence that will bring him to Joe Schmidt’s attention sooner rather than later.  

At this stage, the difference is that Lowe, 25, comes from The Chiefs as the complete package, more or less, save for a looseness to his game that was not seen as All Black friendly.     

Coach Leo Cullen refused to turn to Leinster’s inexperience as an excuse for falling short (31-21) in Glasgow.

“We did not deserve to get anything because we were not good enough in the first half,” he said.

“The spirit and character of the group are good but there are a lot of things we can do better; there were too many things that allowed Glasgow easy access, easy territory, easy points.”

The fact they couldn’t take even a losing bonus-point allowed Ulster to overtake them for second in Conference B.

The Northern Province had to go to the well to steal the points away 43-36 from Southern Kings in a 12-try thriller.

It all came down to Charles Piutau bamboozling defenders and parting with a trademark offload for Robbie Diack to close the show. 

Glasgow’s all-court game was good enough for five points to keep them a dozen points clear of Munster in Conference A.

Certainly, Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber have revived a barely breathing giant.

They too will take lessons back to South Africa about what it means to sacrifice.   

“The players have showed me what professionalism means,” he said.

“That is why Ireland are competing at the top two or three in the World all the time. That is something that is certainly a standard-setter for me.”

Connacht’s Kieran Keane is starting to get a handle on his brief  by making it four wins on the trot against The Cheetahs (23-15) in Galway. 

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