CHAMPIONS CUP. La clé de la fraîcheur du Leinster ? Ne jouer (quasiment) que la coupe d'Europe

CHAMPIONS CUP. La clé de la fraîcheur du Leinster ? Ne jouer (quasiment) que la coupe d’Europe

When I came out there was Jonny Sexton who exchanged his jersey with Romain Ntamack. One is 36 and the other 22. But there is one who has played 27 games and the other 12. It is something that has been seen a little, even if the observation is clear.“Coming out of the 40-17 defeat against Leinster, Ugo Mola was unequivocal for Rugbyrama. For him, there was too big a chasm between his team and the Irish this Saturday, especially at the physical level. fussy, Sexton had not played 12 but 14 games this season before this meeting. But the deal is the same: in terms of preparation for these big meetings, the Irish and more particularly the Leinstermen have a huge advantage over our French .

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And this thanks to the priority given to the Champions Cup among the Celts, already, but also to the plethoric workforce of the province based in Dublin. Which is certainly the most supplied in Europe today. Realize: against Toulouse, 13 of the 15 holders were potential Irish internationals. But above all, in this team, when Furlong leaves, it is the five-time Super Rugby winner Michael Ala’alatoa (1m89 for 132kg) who replaces him. Behind the twirling Gibson-Park? Luke McGrath, 19 caps with the Greens. We could go on like this for lines and lines, but we will simply tell you that in the stands this Saturday, boys like Jordan Larmour, Devin Toner, Sean Cronin and Will Connors were present. This allows Leo Cullen’s men to run in the URC while being 1st there despite everything, but above all to “choose” their matches.

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An example ? Beyond Sexton, soon to be 37 years old and more than ever spared as much as possible, NONE of the 23 Leinstermen on the Champions Cup semi-final score sheet has played more than 20 games this season. Opposite, the average of the tricolor internationals (there were 10 in the stadium group) is around 25 games played. With boys like Ntamack, therefore, or even Jelonch who are already at 28. And when you add to that the obligation of Toulouse to give everything in the Top 14 also since their qualification is by no means acquired, or even the extensions disputed against Munster the previous weekend, the equation was almost impossible to solve.

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For those who were still wondering where this palpable impression of exact opposites in terms of freshness between the two formations came from, here is perhaps the embryo of an answer. Especially since, icing on the cake, the residents of the Aviva have a more than arranged schedule since the return of the 6 nations at the end of March. It’s simple, the internationals have since played only 4 matches, including 3 in the European Cup. When the Toulousains were on the front line 7 times and not the least… We could continue the comparison until the end of the night but instead, the final words will go to Ugo Mola: “We were so happy to be there that we are not going to complain. (…) There is a season to finish, with a national title to defend.

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