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Saturday 21 April 2018

The Lowdown on Castres

How they beat you

With a big pack and a strong scrum, Castres are an old-fashioned French side who will look to out-muscle Leinster in the tight and kick their goals when they're on. If they can get the ball wide to David Smith, well and good, but they're happy to do it the hard way.

How you beat them

Leinster showed the way against Montpellier, by keeping the ball moving at speed from start to finish, shifting the point of contact and taking clever running lines in attack. Holding the line on discipline will also be key.

Star Man

David Smith

The former Toulon winger is a sensational runner when given space and Leinster will hope he sees as little possession as Nemani Nadolo did last weekend.

A joy to watch when given time and space, his speed and footwork can cause the visitors all sorts of problems.

The Race for the last eight


1. Leinster (Q)21+14028

2. Clermont (Q)21+5820

3. Munster (Q)20+8415

4. Saracens (Q)20+8719

5. Connacht18+7925

6. Wasps17+8422

7. Toulon15+2712

8. Glasgow14+3112


9. Exeter11-149

10. Montpellier11-3811

11. Toulouse14+6419

12. Castres10-312

13. Bordeaux10-69

14. Scarlets10-119

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