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    #16
    I want Donnacha to have a massive game- and make joe have a hard think.

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      #17
      Reasonably nip and tuck first half hour, Leinster to win by 15+

      Leavy MOTM, Kearney to go AWOL for at least one try.

      At least one mention by UK commentators of the advantage of the Irish system.
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        #18
        Leinster are a much better team than Munster.
        Leinster don’t start games poorly.
        Munster started poorly against the parisians and still nearly won it.

        It will be over by half time and Leinster will start to rest players for the double.

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          #19
          Originally posted by Balla Boy View Post
          Reasonably nip and tuck first half hour, Leinster to win by 15+

          Leavy MOTM, Kearney to go AWOL for at least one try.

          At least one mention by UK commentators of the advantage of the Irish system.

          An at least 4 mentions of AP teams.

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            #20
            I'd love to see Donnacha with a winners medal - maybe even a smile - but I cannot see Leinster losing today. Sure Racing will sock it into them for the first 20 - 30 minutes, but they will be blowing out their arse by 50 minutes. The Bloos will demolish them in the second half.

            Leinster fans may as well get their domestic staff to sow on the 4th star already ...
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              #21
              Originally posted by ackbar View Post
              Well, apart from having to completely rebuild their back row.
              Out of around 28 players they have 3 injuries which at this stage of the season considering international demands aswell is incredible - SOB.,McFadden & JVDF. Only SOB would be starting imo - Fardy, Leavy & SOB would be best BR combo.

              As a comparison, Munster are having a normal season in regards injuries- nothing too chaotic considering demands of modern game however at the moment they are still missing Tyler B, Cloete, Tommy O Donnell, C Farrell, Taute (won't be fit till next season), N Scannell and John Ryan.

              Take Sexton, SOB, Ringrose, Henshaw, S Cronin and Furlong out of the Leinster team and it would be a different complexion on the game today.
              Last edited by Tobyglen; 12th-May-2018, 11:36.

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                #22
                Is the only player not starting for leinster due to injury SOB?



                Remarkable to have such a strong pack to choose from this late in the season.

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by lawrence View Post
                  Is the only player not starting for leinster due to injury SOB?



                  Remarkable to have such a strong pack to choose from this late in the season.
                  That's IMO, out of the 3 only he would be starting, Fardy and Leavy could not be dropped. Ruck legend McFadden isn't better than Lamour. Says everything about their lack of injures that we are even talking about McFadden, all their big guns are flying.

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by Tobyglen View Post
                    That's IMO, out of the 3 only he would be starting, Fardy and Leavy could not be dropped. Ruck legend McFadden isn't better than Lamour. Says everything about their lack of injures that we are even talking about McFadden, all their big guns are flying.


                    We forgot dave.
                    Apologies.
                    How could we.

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by lawrence View Post
                      We forgot dave.
                      Apologies.
                      How could we.
                      He's only good for using instagram filters.

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                        #26
                        Alan Quinilan on Donncha Ryan:
                        In January 2010, we were playing Northampton at Thomond Park in our final Heineken Cup pool game and a home quarter-final was the prize for the victors.
                        Donnacha replaced Donncha O'Callaghan on 56 minutes, and six minutes later Paul O'Connell was sent to the sin-bin for using hands in the ruck as we were clinging on to a 9-6 lead.

                        Down to 14 men, and now without two of the best locks in the world, the visitors had a five-metre scrum on a gruelling evening when points were at a premium. The Saints - with a front-row of Soane Tonga'uiha, Dylan Hartley and Euan Murray - could smell blood.

                        Dougie Howlett put his head in at wing-forward and Northampton moved in for the kill. As I packed down alongside Donnacha in the second-row, his orders were still ringing in my ears, "we will not be f*****g pushed backwards here", and this coming from a man who usually preferred to let his elders do the talking.

                        Our makeshift pack obeyed his orders, we won the scrum against the head, and somehow escaped with a 12-9 victory to set up a home quarter-final against the same opposition nearly three months later.

                        Munster – Champions of Europe 2006, 2008, 2020.

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                          #27
                          Bonne chance to the Chaps.
                          Time for your medicine.

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                            #28
                            Is there any channel showing the final in the US? I had just assumed it would be on ESPN+ since the semis were..
                            Believe.

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                              #29
                              Leinster are starting as firm favorites but I think Racing might edge it.

                              Iribaren to score the first try.

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                                #30
                                Carter out of the game. Tales on the bench.

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