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Re: Leinster v Saints
Posted by: majabl
Date: 14/12/2019 20:32
Tupai was fine and survived this baptism of fire with credit. His pass slowed down as the game went on, which I assume to be fatigue rather than anything deliberate, so when Mitchell came on (and also did well), he will naturally have looked faster. I also thought Sleightholme caught the eye and did some good things.

For me still far too many errors from us and a real lack of accuracy in the red zone. And a real disappointment not to get the fourth try. Oh, and what has happened to our defence, especially 5 yards out?

Officials were mostly fine apart from the obvious lack of advantage given to us for their first try, Gibson clearly blocking for Sleightholme's try, and the time it took to check that Bigger had been tackled off the ball / that it had been knocked on by blue / that the knockon was picked up offside (I really thought it wasn't going to get checked!). Thought their sixth try came from a knock on too - Big T ripped the ball downward which hit a blue chest and went forward. In the grand scheme of things, none of these were really game changing but frustrating to see all the same.

And despite seeing that box kicking to Leinster didn't work last week, we continued to box kick more than usual this week against the same opposition.

Hopefully we'll start to see some of our injuries returning over the festive period and go into 2020 with some good news and good results!

But not too sure where we go from here in Europe this season. We can still finish second in the group and achieve 19 points which, if they come and are enough to get through to the next round, would most likely lead to another away game to Leinster. We may be able to field a largely different team by then, but injuries may still be a worry and such a game could potentially derail the Premiership game too. Perhaps go big against Treviso for confidence at home but not worry too much about the Lyon game?

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