Tuesday 20 February 2018

The Left Wing: 'There are similarities' - Luke Fitzgerald analyses the 'small skill' that Garry Ringrose has in common with Brian O'Driscoll

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Luke Fitzgerald fears Leinster may be a little undercooked for the visit of a 'huge' Montpellier side to the RDS on Friday night.

Fitzgerald, speaking in this week's episode of The Left Wing, believes that the 64-point demolition of Zebre last week may cause some selection headaches for the Leinster backroom team and that Leo Cullen would have preferred a 'battle' going into such a difficult encounter.

A huge positive from last week was the return of Jonathan Sexton and Fitzgerald believes it's good that the 'hysterics' surrounding his injury have been put to bed.

He was also seriously impressed by Garry Ringrose and analysed the footwork he displayed in the win over Zebre.

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Fitzgerald also discussed the 'similarities' between Ringrose and legendary centre Brian O'Driscoll, in particular focusing on their running styles.

"Garry's footwork close to contact makes him really hard to stop," Fitzgerald said.

"He takes a cracking line off Noel Reid and just as he hits contact he manages to slip outside the Zebre defender. It is a small skill and is something he executes really well on that makes him very hard to defend against.

"It is something that Brian O'Driscoll used to do very well and there are some similarities between their games."

Click here for the full episode of The Left Wing as Luke Fitzgerald previews all four provinces and gives his verdict on the new tackle laws, with Fitzgerald touching on Ringrose and O'Driscoll from the three minute mark.

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