Sunday 18 August 2019

Devin Toner likely to miss Pro14 final after suffering injury in semi-final win over Munster

Devin Toner of Leinster leaves the field injured
Devin Toner of Leinster leaves the field injured
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Devin Toner is likely to miss next weekend's PRO14 final with the knee injury that he suffered during today's 24-9 win over Munster.

The lock had to be replaced in the second half at the RDS after falling awkwardly and was on a crutch at full-time with his left knee heavily strapped. He will undergo a scan to determine the extent of the damage, but Toner is almost certain to be unavailable for the decider against Glasgow.

Toner has already missed a large chunk of the season having undergone ankle surgery following Ireland's opening Six Nations game against England.

Joe Schmidt will also be anxiously awaiting the scan results as Toner remains an integral part of his World Cup plans.

It was the only negative on what was an otherwise hugely positive day for Leinster in which they blew Munster away to bounce back from last week's disappointment at losing the Champions Cup final.

Leo Cullen was delighted with the character that his side showed and he pointed to a penalty just before the break as the key moment in the game.

"It was pleasing to get that penalty just before half time, it meant our noses were just in front," the head coach said.

"The flip side was the previous week where we conceded points just before half time.

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"There is a little bit of a psychological advantage going in just off the back of scoring points.

"I thought the players controlled things a lot better (in the second half). The front-row combined unbelievably well to score that try when Sean Cronin got in.

"I thought the bench came on and did well and managed to shut out the game. The game was a little bit scrappy at times, it didn't have that much flow to it but I suppose the try at the end puts a bit of gloss on the scoreline.

"It's been such a long season and we have used a lot of players. You need to rely on the squad and have confidence in the guys to come in and do a job as well.

"I think it was important to freshen things up because it was such a physical toll last week. The emotional part of it as well.

"We invested so much into that game, so it was a really tricky few days to try and turn the guys around but the attitude and application has been fantastic.

"For us, we just need to try and do it again. It will be an unbelievably tough challenge against Glasgow."

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