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Champions Cup Final 2019 - Leinster v Saracens 11/05/2019; 1700

  • 09-05-2019 11:08am
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 7,728 Former Former


    Time for a buildup thread I think.

    This game has it all. The reigning European champions vs the 2017 champions. The two best sides in Europe. The Pro14 champions vs the English champions. Four-time winners vs two-time winners. Jonny Sexton vs Owen Farrell. James Ryan vs Maro Itoje. The most likeable man in rugby James Lowe vs ummm, Liam Williams. Billy Vunipola vs hipster lefty D4 liberals.

    Both teams come into the match with a pretty clean bill of health, with a rest weekend last week and pretty comprehensive semi-final wins behind them.

    Bookies odds range from dead even to Saracens by the narrowest of margins. Weather forecast is OK, slight chance of rain but shouldn't be a huge factor.

    F**k me I can't wait.

    Coverage is on BT Sport, Virgin Media 1 and Channel 4. Referee is Jerome Garces.


    LEINSTER RUGBY
    15. Rob Kearney, 14. Jordan Larmour, 13. Garry Ringrose, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 11. James Lowe, 10. Johnny Sexton (c), 9. Luke McGrath, 1. Cian Healy, 2. Sean Cronin, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Devin Toner, 5. James Ryan, 6. Scott Fardy, 7. Sean O'Brien, 8. Jack Conan.
    Replacements:
    16. James Tracy, 17. Jack McGrath, 18. Michael Bent, 19. Rhys Ruddock, 20. Max Deegan, 21. Hugh O'Sullivan, 22. Ross Byrne, 23. Rory O'Loughlin,

    SARACENS
    15. Alex Goode, 14. Liam Williams, 13. Alex Lozowski, 12. Brad Barritt (c), 11. Sean Maitland, 10. Owen Farrell, 9. Ben Spencer, 1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Jamie George, 3. Titi Lamositele, 4. Will Skelton, 5. George Kruis, 6. Maro Itoje, 7. Jackson Wray, 8. Billy Vunipola.
    Replacements:
    16. Joe Gray, 17. Richard Barrington, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. Nick Isiekwe, 20. Schalk Burger, 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. Nick Tompkins, 23. David Strettle,

    Well? 98 votes

    Leinster
    69% 68 votes
    Saracens
    26% 26 votes
    I haven't a rashers
    4% 4 votes


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Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,375 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    Starting to get nervous now. Saracens have to be slight favourites. But we showed against Toulouse that we don't need much game time together to hit our stride. We've had weeks to analyse and prep for this. We should be in a good place going into the game. It's a fascinating one in so many ways. Both teams know how to win the big games. That in itself could make it a tight and cagey affair. They have the defeat from last year to drive them. We have the defeat in the 6Ns to drive us. Yeah, I cant wait either!


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,191 ✭✭✭ swiwi_


    2/10. Not enough clichés Molloy.


  • Registered Users Posts: 245 ✭✭ thegreycity


    It's a game of two fly-halves.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,230 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Communions are stupid, I'll timed affairs.


  • Registered Users Posts: 772 ✭✭✭ baaba maal


    Venjur wrote: »
    Communions are stupid, I'll timed affairs.

    We have actually abandoned our god child for his communion to get to the game. Apart from the parents being ok with this, the child himself has expressed some doubts as to the existence of a Divine Creator so all is good. Climb aboard the atheist bandwagon!!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,797 ✭✭✭ Exclamation Marc


    baaba maal wrote: »
    We have actually abandoned our god child for his communion to get to the game. Apart from the parents being ok with this, the child himself has expressed some doubts as to the existence of a Divine Creator so all is good. Climb aboard the atheist bandwagon!!

    Show him a highlights reel of James Ryan and he'll believe again.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,176 ✭✭✭ troyzer


    Hopefully Farrell doesn't psyche Sexton out before a drop goal by saying he wants to win for Martha.


  • Subscribers Posts: 36,269 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat


    expecting a titanic battle here... possibly going to be the best HC final ever.

    just hope refereeing ticket is up to it... all we will want is consistency... and to police the offside line.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,191 ✭✭✭ swiwi_


    I think saracens will win. Do I need to take a shower?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,319 ✭✭✭ Dave_The_Sheep


    swiwi_ wrote: »
    I think saracens will win. Do I need to take a shower?

    Disgustingly, I think the same.

    They'll have too much for us up front. Much like we smashed them out of the way in the first 20 of the second half of last years QF, I think we won't be able to live with them when they get going.

    Here's hoping though. Sick to see Saracens win it, against us to equal our three in four years makes it that much worse.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,797 ✭✭✭ Exclamation Marc


    Leinster, ticking at 100% are fully able to beat Saracens on the day. The question is whether they can get up the gears and play well enough to win.

    Whilst I do think that it's going to be a close one that either might edge it, it's far from a done deal that Saracens will win.

    James Lowe on the wing will bring that something special that I don't think Saracens can handle if he's on his game.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,362 ✭✭✭✭ Podge_irl


    I was a lot more worried about a potential final before the Toulouse game, but Leinster really were excellent in that and almost completely shut down an attacking behemoth. Saracens are a different kettle of fish obviously but I am far less concerned about Leinster not being able to up the gears.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,465 ✭✭✭ mailforkev


    Heading over tomorrow evening. Apart from SO’B I think there’s a few Leinster players who might be seeing this as their final chance for one more star and will hopefully play accordingly.

    All I know about Newcastle was learned from Viz and Geordie Shore, so should be a bit of fun either way.


  • Subscribers Posts: 36,269 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat


    mailforkev wrote: »
    Heading over tomorrow evening. Apart from SO’B I think there’s a few Leinster players who might be seeing this as their final chance for one more star and will hopefully play accordingly.

    All I know about Newcastle was learned from Viz and Geordie Shore, so should be a bit of fun either way.

    why apart from SOB??

    i would have though he'd be top of that list.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,362 ✭✭✭✭ Podge_irl


    sydthebeat wrote: »
    why apart from SOB??

    i would have though he'd be top of that list.

    Presumably its meant more in the sense of "apart from just SOB there are others..."


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,362 ✭✭✭✭ Podge_irl


    Sitting in the airport and just realised I left my tickets at home :rolleyes: gf (hopefully) picking them up during her quick dash here. Weekend starting well :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,191 ✭✭✭ swiwi_


    Podge_irl wrote: »
    Sitting in the airport and just realised I left my tickets at home :rolleyes: gf (hopefully) picking them up during her quick dash here. Weekend starting well :D

    Don’t worry Podge I’m sure she’ll still be your girlfriend :p


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 14,138 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Zzippy


    Venjur wrote: »
    Communions are stupid, I'll timed affairs.

    So are confirmations. Especially when they start at 3pm and you're sitting for dinner at 6...


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,038 ✭✭✭ mossy464


    I have 2 tickets free to a good home for tomorrows match. Would rather see them used than go to waste. Not travelling now myself.

    They will need to be collected over there. I can provide the email confirmation. First PM can have them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,176 ✭✭✭ troyzer




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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,596 ✭✭✭ Rigor Mortis


    troyzer wrote: »

    Thats not to the people going through Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford etc


  • Registered Users Posts: 83 ✭✭ skywayavenue


    mossy464 wrote: »
    I have 2 tickets free to a good home for tomorrows match. Would rather see them used than go to waste. Not travelling now myself.

    They will need to be collected over there. I can provide the email confirmation. First PM can have them.

    Just on this - we also have to collect ours over and they are requiring we bring both the card we paid for them on and photo ID. Were planning on getting someone to collect them for us today so we don't have to rush tomorrow but they won't allow it!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,038 ✭✭✭ mossy464


    Just on this - we also have to collect ours over and they are requiring we bring both the card we paid for them on and photo ID. Were planning on getting someone to collect them for us today so we don't have to rush tomorrow but they won't allow it!

    I rang and they told me they need a name for the person collecting them along with the confirmation email.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,208 ✭✭✭✭ Dial Hard


    sydthebeat wrote: »
    why apart from SOB??

    i would have though he'd be top of that list.

    I'm guessing he meant "In addition to SOB".

    Victor Costello has us stitching the fifth star on the jerseys already in the Indo. Wish I was as confident as he is. Matt Williams more cautious in the Times. I can't call it.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,728 Former Former


    I see David Kelly in the Indo reckons that Jack McGrath will come back onto the bench. He was good against Ulster so hopefully he can continue to improve. Harsh on Ed Byrne though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,167 ✭✭✭ slingerz


    game is too tight to call for me. both are stacked full of internationals. Should be a good game as long as Jerome Garces stays out of the way


  • Registered Users Posts: 83 ✭✭ skywayavenue


    mossy464 wrote: »
    I rang and they told me they need a name for the person collecting them along with the confirmation email.

    Oh ok so! They told us something different on the phone this morning!


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    The squad. Much as expected.

    1. Cian Healy
    2. Sean Cronin
    3. Tadhg Furlong
    4. Devin Toner
    5. James Ryan
    6. Scott Fardy
    7. Sean O'Brien
    8. Jack Conan
    9. Luke McGrath
    10. Johnny Sexton
    11. James Lowe
    12. Robbie Henshaw
    13. Garry Ringrose
    14. Jordan Larmour
    15. Rob Kearney

    16. James Tracy
    17. Jack McGrath
    18. Michael Bent
    19. Rhys Ruddock
    20. Max Deegan
    21. Hugh O'Sullivan
    22. Ross Byrne
    23. Rory O'Loughlin


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,261 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    No surprises in that side really. I though Byrne would have kept his place as replacement loose head though.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo




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