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Montpelier v Leinster, Sat 12th Dec 5:30pm; BT Sport

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    Registered Users Posts: 14,967 ✭✭✭✭ The Lost Sheep


    MONTPELLIER: 15 Vincent Rattez, 14 Gabriel N’gandebe, 13 Yvan Reilhac, 12 Arthur Vincent (c), 11 Vincent Martin, 10 Alex Lozowski, 9 Benoit Paillaugue, 8 Jacques du Plessis, 7 Yacouba Camara, 6 Nico Janse van Rensburg, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Bastien Chalureau, 3 Mohamed Haouas, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Grégory Fichten

    Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Enzo Forletta, 18 Titi Lamositele, 19 Louis Picamoles, 20 Caleb Timu, 21 Louis Foursans, 22 Paul Vallée, 23 Axel Bevia

    LEINSTER: 15 Jimmy O’Brien, 14 Hugo Keenan, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Ciaran Frawley, 11 Dave Kearney, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Luke McGrath, 8 Caelan Doris, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Rhys Ruddock (c), 5 Scott Fardy, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Michael Bent, 2 James Tracy, 1 Peter Dooley

    Replacements: 16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 James Ryan, 20 Ryan Baird, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Johnny Sexton, 23 Dan Leavy

    Referee: Karl Dickson (RFU)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 24,374 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    I'm a bit nervous about this one. Internationals only back a couple of days after being out for basically 2 months. Our starting props are both 3rd choice with our locks not being in the form of their lives. The front five is an issue. If we can keep it tight going into the final quarter that bench could make a huge impact, but its also full of guys who haven't played for Leinster in ages and a couple who have been fairly flogged over the last 6-8 weeks.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,024 bayern


    Can't play much worse than the last European game they appeared in.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,048 ✭✭✭ Former Former Former


    bayern wrote: »
    Can't play much worse than the last European game they appeared in.

    Jesus. Why do people have to be like this?


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Jesus. Why do people have to be like this?

    Leinster really have underachieved in the last few years! Sad!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,024 bayern


    Leinster really have underachieved in the last few years! Sad!

    losing at home in a quarter final in europe is underachieving for leinster.. especially to a much weakened saracens side.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    bayern wrote: »
    losing at home in a quarter final in europe is underachieving for leinster.. especially to a much weakened saracens side.

    It was one game. Christ.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 108 ✭✭ Garda Kenny


    People are talking up their pack I think their back line is very good also. Rattez is one I have watched the last three years and he has been very good. Not sure fullback is his position tho. I expect us to squeeze them into making errors and giving away penalties and build a lead. If they are still in touch by 60 we have a massive bench to clinch the game.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,024 bayern


    It was one game. Christ.

    it was the biggest game of the season and they fell flat on their face.

    hopefully when faced with superior competition today they don't do the same.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,967 ✭✭✭✭ The Lost Sheep


    bayern wrote: »
    it was the biggest game of the season and they fell flat on their face.

    hopefully when faced with superior competition today they don't do the same.
    One game. Cant always expect or should be in final 4. Very arrogant to think that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Sexton out. Harry Byrne now on the bench.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,731 ✭✭✭ Tim Robbins


    bayern wrote: »
    it was the biggest game of the season and they fell flat on their face.

    hopefully when faced with superior competition today they don't do the same.

    Ok for the pub banter but here it sounds like trolling.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,087 ✭✭✭ lawrencesummers


    A win here would be a massive result, but honestly I don’t see it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    A win here would be a massive result, but honestly I don’t see it.

    Leinster have been 8-9 point favourites all week. I can't say I'm familiar with Montpellier but that bench even with Sexton should see Leinster home.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,087 ✭✭✭ lawrencesummers


    Leinster have been 8-9 point favourites all week. I can't say I'm familiar with Montpellier but that bench even with Sexton should see Leinster home.

    Leinster strength going into this is in the pack, and to me the back line looks very weakened. I can’t see the Montpellier front 8 being bullied to the point that allows that Leinster back line to do damage, but the last 20 minutes will be interested because it could well be all about the benches.


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


    A win here would be a massive result, but honestly I don’t see it.

    I would tend to agree.

    There is some optimism to be taken from the fact that the second string squad has been excellent and consistent over the last season or so.

    I'd also be confident in the bench closing out a close game (even without Sexton).

    On the other hand I think Montpellier will grind Leinster early and put them under a kind of pressure that many of these players are not accustomed too.

    Leinster's coaching and cohesion might keep them alive through the early pressure and they will need to, otherwise the bench simply wont matter.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,738 ✭✭✭✭ Faugheen


    Josh van der WHEEEEELS.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 108 ✭✭ Garda Kenny


    Montpellier are way offside every phase.


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


    I see the cheetahs still can’t defend.

    Watching this on the official erc rugby streaming site. Quality is great. €5 for the match.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,213 ✭✭✭ Thrashssacre


    Montpellier look awful, very slow immobile.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    The local TV producer must not be familiar with rugby broadcasting.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,213 ✭✭✭ Thrashssacre


    Some very strange wide camera shots.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,945 ✭✭✭✭ razorblunt


    When did Guirado move to Montpellier?


  • Registered Users Posts: 588 ✭✭✭ baas baa


    That last pass from JOB I think was fantastic. To get that pace on it over that distance with little wind up. Made it a walk over for VDF.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,585 ✭✭✭ degsie


    Nice one Byrne!


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,967 ✭✭✭✭ The Lost Sheep


    razorblunt wrote: »
    When did Guirado move to Montpellier?
    in his second season with them


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    Montpellier look turgid. Great start for Leinster.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Montpellier are going to be massacred if they don't sort their discipline.


  • Registered Users Posts: 106 ✭✭ MaddChris


    Is the TV director on crack?
    Going cross eyed trying to watch this.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,045 ✭✭✭✭ vienne86


    Another lost lineout. Frustrating to watch.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    MaddChris wrote: »
    Is the TV director on crack?
    Going cross eyed trying to watch this.

    It's awful and making the game unwatchable.


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