Sunday 22 April 2018

Hogan demanding more of the same from Leinster 'A'

Leinster A Head Coach Hugh Hogan. Photo: Robin Parker / Sportsfile
Leinster A Head Coach Hugh Hogan. Photo: Robin Parker / Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

It was almost impossible to find fault with the ruthless manner in which Leinster A eased to the top of their British and Irish Cup pool

Picking up 29 from a possible 30 points tells its own story about just how dominant Hugh Hogan's side were and in the midst of all the routs that his side enjoyed, there was one particular game that stood out.

"We definitely had a couple of tough games in there. You look back at Rotherham in round one, they were mucky, tough conditions and we won 12-9. That was really the catalyst for us kicking on as a group," Hogan said.

"The guys showed real grit and character to get a tough away win in round one and we've been able to kick on from there. There's definitely the challenge of playing a different side in London Welsh this weekend, a team with real quality throughout.

"We're very aware that we're going into knockout rugby and we're going to play some quality sides, starting this weekend obviously."

London Welsh are the visitors to Donnybrook this evening (7.0) and with Leo Cullen needing plenty of the players who would have likely featured in the B&I Cup, Hogan has made eight changes from their last pool game.

Adam Byrne, who has enjoyed a decent spell in the senior team, comes into the back three, while Ireland international Michael Bent starts in the front-row.

Despite the changes, Leinster still have enough quality to see off a London Welsh side who may well have one eye on the Championship.

Verdict: Leinster

Leinster 'A' - B Dardis; A Byrne, C O'Shea, T Daly, C Kelleher; J Carbery, N McCarthy; J Loughman, B Byrne, M Bent; T Beirne, D O'Connor; P Timmins (capt), D Aspil, T Ryan. Reps: A Dundon, O Heffernan, C Ruddock, C Cregan, C Rock, R Byrne, M McGrath.

London Welsh - C Elder; J Lewis, G Armitage, S Jewell, J Drauiniu; J Carlisle, R Lewis; N Trevett, H Allen, J Gilding; M Corker (capt), B West; W Skuse, R Hodson, K Murphy. Reps: N Morris, D Marfo, B Cooper, J McNally, B Pienaar, J Davies, O Barkley.

Irish Independent

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