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Friday 27 April 2018

Blues are not the Harlem Globetrotters

Leinster’s Girvan Dempsey
Leinster’s Girvan Dempsey

Girvan Dempsey wants to encourage Leinster to play enterprising, entertaining rugby.

What he does not want is for The Blues to unravel into the Harlem Globetrotters in Montpellier on Saturday.

"We feel we have made strides in our own game defensively over the past number of weeks," said the backs coach.

"We feel that our attacking shape and systems are starting to grow and develop."

However, Leinster were guilty of getting sucked in by The Warriors desperation on Sunday.

"Looking back at the game against Glasgow, we were disappointed with the second-half in terms of ourselves, not being as ruthless as we could have been.

"That Harlem Globetrotters stuff got a bit contagious," he remarked. "We got a bit loose in possession and that allowed Glasgow a couple of easy scores which was frustrating.

"That's the biggest thing from the weekend.

"As long as we stick to our systems and what we're doing, we're in a pretty good place."

The last thing Leinster want to do is give French League leaders Montpellier any incentive to open up.

This is the powerhouse club that employs Ruan Pienaar and Aaron Cruden at half-back and Mr Box Office, Nemani Nadolo, on the wing.

You mess with Montpellier at your peril in light of the world-class talent they select from.

"It's going to be hard to adjust to their team," noted Dempsey.

"The talk is Ruan Pienaar will be back which is a big asset for them.

"They have a general style and we have looked at that and seen opportunities for us in attack."

Leinster have also noted how Exeter reaped the rewards of taking the game to Montpellier.

"We've taken confidence from that," he stated

"We know when we get into the opposition 22, we can come away with scores.

"That's one of the biggest improvements we have made this year."

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