Tuesday 22 May 2018

Tactics talk: Relentless James Ryan continues to set himself lofty standards

James Ryan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
James Ryan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

James Ryan's unbeaten start to his professional career goes on, as the hugely impressive 21-year old continues to go from strength-to-strength.

The Leinster lock has now won all 20 of the games that he has played for club and country, and on Saturday he was hugely influential in all five of his side's tries.

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1. Ryan's skills are such that he is regularly used in starter plays and here was no different as he played a lovely reverse pass to Jamison-Gibson Park that eventually leads to Ryan powering over the whitewash to set Leinster on their way.

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2. Dan Leavy is stopped just short of the line and David Bulbring senses that there might be a chance to force a turnover, but Ryan powers into the ruck and ensures that Leinster get the ball back, which allows Cian Healy to score.

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3. Similar to Healy's try, after another Leavy carry, Ryan again stops a potential turnover here, this time from Leigh Halfpenny, which presents clean ball for Gibson-Park who finds Garry Ringrose, who in turn fires a perfect pass to Fergus McFadden to score in the corner.

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4. Ryan makes a break off Scott Fardy's pass and then returns the favour as his sumptuous offload puts the Australian in for a fourth try.

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5. Ryan again backs up his fellow former St Michael's student Leavy, who makes another strong carry, as he nullifies the threat of John Barclay at a maul, which helps create the space for Johnny Sexton to dot down for a fifth Leinster try.

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