- Nov 5, 2017
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Saturday, Aviva Stadium at 19:35
id agree with that, ero point in trying to grind out a game & try shut Leinster down, I don't think our pack can do that to them,Difficult to see how Ulster get a win in this one. McFarland talked about a 'punchers chance' and that's probably how I'm feeling about it. I probably would have felt more confident pre-lockdown when we had decent momentum but have looked slugglish since the return. Yes, we had a good second half on Saturday but Leinster won't give it away the way Edinburgh did.
I don't think we can underestimate how much we miss Henderson in the pack, also missing Addison a lot who offers a huge amount of creativity from 15.
In terms of the team, the two young props did well to hold their own on Saturday with Moore and McGrath coming on with a point to prove. I'd be tempted to stick with it. The rest of the pack picks itself with potentially Reidy coming in for Rea. In saying that, Jordi hasn't exactly been pulling up trees but would still expect him to start. Cooney hasn't been in the best of form since his return but still starts for me - Alby off the bench is a great option. Think we need to move Stockdale back to the wing. Ludik has been one of my favourite players for a few years now and is as solid as they come but doesn't offer a massive attacking threat and struggles against really quick players. I'd go for Stockdale, Lyttle and Lowry as the back three - concerns around the defence but offer a much better attacking threat and, let's be honest, the only way we are winning this is if we go after it - Leinster are going to win an arm wrestle every day of the week (ask Munster).
Media consensus that this'll be the team. Like it a lot. No Sexton makes me nervous though, it's the right decision but it's the kind of thing people will go on about endlessly if we do lose.rumoured leinster side:
More interestingly is if and it is a big IF Leinster do loose with such a fast turn around of just 1 week how will that effect morale ahead of Sarries game.Media consensus that this'll be the team. Like it a lot. No Sexton makes me nervous though, it's the right decision but it's the kind of thing people will go on about endlessly if we do lose.
More interestingly is if and it is a big IF Leinster do loose with such a fast turn around of just 1 week how will that effect morale ahead of Sarries game.
I'd have made sure Ringrose and Healy were nowhere near Aviva either as they are important and well considering Tadg is goosed Porter is key too vs Sarries.
Fair enough but meant it as exactly that. If they did loose qould it effect them mentally. Hard to know.That would be a very strange way for a side on a 24 game win streak to approach anything.
I'd also say they would rather win this Saturday then lose, beat Sarries but not win Europe in response to your second paragraph.
Michael Lowry; Rob Lyttle; James Hume, Stuart McCloskey; Jacob Stockdale; Billy Burns, Alby Mathewson; Eric O’Sullivan, Rob Herring, Tom O’Toole; Alan O’Connor, Iain Henderson (captain); Matthew Rea, Sean Reidy, Marcell Coetzee.
Replacements: John Andrew, Jack McGrath, Marty Moore, Sam Carter, Jordi Murphy, John Cooney, Ian Madigan, Nick Timoney.
Delighted with that selection. Ballsy from McFarland to drop Cooney and Murphy, but stated above, they have been poor since the restart.