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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 9:13 am

Leinster - Saracens game should be a very good one, both proper heavyweights of European rugby.

I have not seen much of Saracens to adjudge their form but Leinster have been very good this year in the Pro-14 and at home, I would have them as favourites.

Saracens: Goode; L Williams, Bosch, Barritt (c), Maitland; Farrell, Wigglesworth; M Vunipola, George, Figallo, Itoje, Kruis, Isiekwe, Burger, Wray.

Replacements: Brits, Barrington, Lamositele, Day, Cowan, Spencer, Lozowski, Wyles.


Leinster: Kearney; McFadden, Ringrose, Nacewa (c), Lowe; Sexton, McGrath; Healy, Cronin, Furlong, Toner, Ryan, Fardy, Leavy, Murphy.

Replacements: Tracy, McGrath, Porter, Ruddock, Deegan, McCarthy, Carbery, O'Loughlin
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Best of luck to both teams but I would personally love Leinster to win thumbsup
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Post by formerly known as Sam on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 9:44 am

Poor summer recruitment in the backrow plus some unfortunate injuries mean Sarries are going to struggle badly against this Leinster team. The Wolf pack defence is missing a little teeth and some of the Sarries backs are a little long in the tooth particularly Wyles on the bench who's been a great servant but offers no impact.

The bench in general doesn't look great for Sarries who really wouldn't have wanted to have Day and Cowan on there. Not sure they'd really want them other than as the injury squad fillers that they are.

The Leinster backline seems to be missing a few so if they don't capitalise on the chances that backrow will give them then Sarries are masters as squeezing the life put of teams and grinding out victories.

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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 12:30 pm

Leinster fans, any reason why Larmour is not in the squad?

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Post by LeinsterFan4life on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 12:44 pm

eirebilly wrote:Leinster fans, any reason why Larmour is not in the squad?

Quad injury I think.

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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 12:48 pm

Ahh ok, cheers.
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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 3:30 pm

That's some crowd there for Leinster, very imposing for Saracens.
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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 3:35 pm

Oh what a try that for Leinster from deep. Lowe brilliant in that thumbsup
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Post by Heaf on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 3:41 pm

Nice try from Leinster - Saracens will have to improve significantly on recent performances to stand any chance today.

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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 3:46 pm

Saracens coming back into this. I really thought that Leinster would run away with that after their start.
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Post by Heaf on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 3:49 pm

Yes they are certainly having a lot of possession and territory ...

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 3:54 pm

How on earth do you play the week after fracturing your cheekbone?! Hard bar steward.

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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:02 pm

Wigglesworth must see yellow for that late hit on Sexton...
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Post by Geen sport voor watjes on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:03 pm

Dirty English barsteward

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Post by Geen sport voor watjes on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:04 pm

Only made Leinster angry

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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:08 pm

I tell you what, that James Ryan is going to be as good if not better than POC.
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Post by Heaf on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:09 pm

Possible YC but remarkably similar to the one in the England v Ireland match though which also wasn't given.

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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:11 pm

Stupid from Sexton there.
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Post by No 7&1/2 on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:12 pm

Sexton seems a bit wound up. Typical saracens to slow and get niggly. Just need to laugh it off and offer some back rather than be silly.

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Post by Heaf on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:15 pm

Stupid - but good kick though.

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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:21 pm

Absorbing first half of rugby. Leinster just on top but Saracens showing their European pedigree.

If Saracens were a little more clinical then I think they would be leading this.
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Post by Heaf on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:24 pm

Indeed Sarries doing better than I expected ...

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Post by The Great Aukster on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:34 pm

Sexton doing well to keep a lid on it. He's had Burger tip him, Itoje late with the knee. Kruis late hit, and Wigglesworth late shoulder!

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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:40 pm

Oh Leavy, that was special clap
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Post by Geen sport voor watjes on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:43 pm

Game over. Leinster will put 40 on them

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Post by Heaf on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:45 pm

Nicely taken try - bad error by Sarries

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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:51 pm

That was savage defence from Saracens.
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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:55 pm

Yep, 100% all over for Saracens as Leinster get their third try.
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Post by Heaf on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:56 pm

Clinging on by their finger tips though

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Post by Geen sport voor watjes on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:56 pm

Maybe 50

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Post by Heaf on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:57 pm

Cancel that ...

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Post by Heaf on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 4:59 pm

This is now more like what I expected

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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:01 pm

Kearney a no arms tackle, that could be problems for him.
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Post by mid_gen on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:04 pm

Wigglesworth is so so poor, Saracens look like a different side with him off. Too late though, same as Eng v Ire, his glacial delivery has snuffed out any chance.

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Post by mid_gen on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:10 pm

Itoje having an absolute stinker as well.

Really hope Sarries lose this so that our England players get a bit more rest to sort themselves out.

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Post by Heaf on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:16 pm

Nice turnover and rubbish kick

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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:19 pm

So stupid from Toner...
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Post by Geen sport voor watjes on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:21 pm

It’s like rope a dope from Leinster. Saracens are clueless

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Post by Heaf on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:26 pm

Sarries have had their chances but haven't been anywhere near as clinical as they can be ...

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Post by mid_gen on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:27 pm

Every England player looks mentally shot to bits, just one stupid decision after another.

Amazing what a little confidence and momentum can do for a group of players....and also what a losing streak and lack of confidence does. Being played out right here.

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Post by eirebilly on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:27 pm

Well done Leinster and their fans. On their way to the semi finals.

What a weekend for the Pro-14, 3 teams in the semi finals and guaranteed 1 in the final thumbsup
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Post by Heaf on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:30 pm

Congrats to Leinster - would like to see them go on to win the cup. A final v Scarlets could be really entertaining.

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Post by Geen sport voor watjes on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:30 pm

Saracens were never in it from about 20 mins. There was an inevitability about the outcome. Only the final score was in doubt. Can’t see anyone beating Leinster this yesr

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Post by Heaf on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:31 pm

ooops - just realised the semi is that match ...

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Post by TightHEAD on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:37 pm

Well done Leinster, well deserved win but please stop the football antics and trying to con the Ref, no place for play acting in Rugby Union.
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Post by Geen sport voor watjes on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:39 pm

I don’t think they needed to con the ref. The gulf in class was more an issue than anything else.

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Post by Heaf on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:48 pm

To be honest I don't think there was a gulf in class, more a difference in current form. Sarries had several chances that they blew with simple errors that they wouldn't have made previously.

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 5:49 pm

Hard to go lunch from 50 min onwards so it must have changed post that as the game was very even.

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Post by Pete330v2 on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 6:09 pm

Brilliant from Leinster.
It's always good to see Saracens beaten but that was even more enjoyable than usual. I wonder what rule changes the English will come up with next to gain an advantage in European competition.

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Post by whocares on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 6:17 pm

Pete330v2 wrote:Brilliant from Leinster.
It's always good to see Saracens beaten but that was even more enjoyable than usual. I wonder what rule changes the English will come up with next to gain an advantage in European competition.

Broken Record laughing

Anyway, very well done Leinster, clear head and shoulder above the rest of the competition.
Where is the final this year btw ?

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Sun 01 Apr 2018, 7:01 pm

There's certainly been less complaining this year as the celtic teams have done better pete! As I said before swings and roundabouts.

Like I said geen match must have changed as teams looked very equal.

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