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‘I watch quite a lot of rugby, I watch Prime 14, and URC is rather more enticing rugby’

ONE DOWN, TWO to go in Leinster’s three-week cost for a fifth straight league title.

The province shrugged off any European hangover by making gentle work of Glasgow Warriors of their United Rugby Championship quarter-final conflict on Saturday, teeing up an intriguing semi-final date with the Bulls on the RDS on Friday – with the winner advancing to the URC last one week later.

These throughout the Leinster camp proceed to emphasize that their urge for food for league success stays as sturdy as ever regardless of dominating the competitors in latest seasons, with the inclusion of South African sides the Bulls, Sharks, Stormers and Lions including a brand new dynamic to the problem this yr because the Pro14 grew to become the URC.

The league tends to play second fiddle to Europe however with the Champions Cup gone for one more yr, the URC has taken on a heightened significance for a Leinster staff determined to complete the season with some silverware to indicate for all their endeavor.

“Each single competitors we’re in we wish to win,” says assault coach, Felipe Contepomi.

“That’s the character of Leinster rugby. We wish to win. We’re winners and we wish to win, and we wish to win this competitors, as we wished to win the Rainbow Cup and we didn’t.

“So we don’t diminish any competitors. Each recreation for us is essential.”

“I personally suppose the URC is a good competitors and for coaches it’s unbelievable since you play towards totally different types week-in, week-out; differing types of rugby and inside your fashion and your philosophy, the way you adapt to totally different types is nice.

“But in addition for spectators and all the pieces, I believe it’s an amazing event to be concerned in. And if you happen to see by way of attraction I can say that I watch quite a lot of rugby, I watch Prime 14, and URC is rather more enticing rugby. There’s significantly better rugby than in lots of video games within the Prime 14. I believe it’s an amazing competitors.”

Glasgow let the facet down in that regard final weekend, however the Bulls will pose a sterner problem on Friday. Leinster are nonetheless ready on a couple of key gamers to show their health forward of the fixture, with Tadhg Furlong, Johnny Sexton and James Lowe all hoping to characteristic.

“We want the three of them to play however I believe they’re making progress and it’s robust, however you at all times need them within the coaching periods and so forth,” Contepomi continues.

“We received’t put in somebody that isn’t set to succeed, as a result of it’s a semi-final and also you want everybody to be 100% positive that they are often there to do the job for the staff. Hopefully the three can be out there, however we are able to’t say as we speak (Monday) for sure. We’ll give them as a lot time as we are able to.”

With Ulster away to the Stormers on Saturday, the semi-finals will pit the choose of Eire towards the perfect of South Africa. It’s an excellent consequence for the event organisers, who can have been massively relieved to see the South Africans get well from a sluggish begin to the season and make their presence very a lot felt on this new-look competitors.

“I undoubtedly strongly believed that the South Africans would add a little bit of high quality within the event, and the standard comes as properly as a result of it’s such a distinct fashion of rugby, and for me as a coach that’s the great thing about the URC,” Contepomi says.

“You play Scottish groups, Welsh groups, Italian groups and now South African groups, Irish groups, all totally different types of rugby however nonetheless you’ve gotten your philosophy, your individual fashion of rugby that it’s essential to prevail towards totally different types.

“That provides you quite a lot of studying in addition to a coach and as a staff, it’s a problem as a result of if you happen to go and watch the Prime 14 or the Premiership, there are one or two types however many of the groups play in a sure means, or there are tendencies throughout the competitions. 

“Right here, you’ll be able to see the Bulls being a really South African staff and it’s nice for us. It’s nice as a result of we’ll play towards a power-based, territory-based staff with excessive velocity on the perimeters and really highly effective on the centres and upfront.”

Energy-based groups have after all brought on Leinster issues prior to now, with La Rochelle’s spectacular win in Marseille the newest instance – though Ronan O’Gara’s facet actually introduced extra to the desk than simply bulk and chunk.


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Nonetheless, Contepomi is assured Leinster have the power to beat a power-based staff.

“Nicely, the important thing for me is clearly making an attempt to maneuver them round and play with depth, however extra so with accuracy, and make it possible for we’re correct on the day and we make our fashion of rugby prevail towards them.

“However it’s a giant ‘if’ and all of it begins with the setpiece, ensuring we’ve got an excellent setpiece and that we’re very scientific in these areas.

“If you happen to ask me Toulouse are extra much like La Rochelle than the Bulls can be and we beat Toulouse. If you happen to ask me, Leicester are a really power-based staff and we beat Leicester. So I wouldn’t say we’ve got to show ourselves towards anyone. We have to make it possible for we maintain bettering ourselves and we compete towards ourselves by way of ensuring that we enhance.

“However I wouldn’t make the comparability, are the Bulls like La Rochelle. We misplaced towards La Rochelle within the final minute and we did issues that we may have accomplished in another way and doubtless win that recreation. We weren’t far off. We weren’t thrashed by La Rochelle. We weren’t crushed in each single nook of the pitch.

“I wouldn’t go that route in saying that we have to show ourselves. Sure, we have to make it possible for we maintain bettering ourselves and making ourselves a greater staff. That’s my view.” 

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