Saturday 25 November 2017

Blues to go all out for bonus

Kurt McQuilkin
Kurt McQuilkin

If ever there was a case for Leinster to cut loose in the pursuit of five points, then it should come at Stadio Lanfranchi on Sunday (KO3.0 Irish time, Sky Sports 3).

Leinster trail Connacht by two points with a game-in-hand, albeit away to the champions Glasgow.

The leaders showed last week that if you make this a shoot-out, you are probably going to come away with all five points.

The Italian clubs are two Leinster can play fast and loose against because their skill deficiencies invariably come back to haunt them.

Nonetheless, the half century of points put on Zebre at The RDS earlier this month will count for next-to-nothing.

"They play quite a conservative game away. If things don't go their way, they go into their shells," said Leinster defence coach Kurt McQuilkin.

Zebre are a different class of animal at home.

"It will be a lot different," he said.

"They will be fired up in front of their home crowd.

"It seems the coach gives them a little more scope to have a crack when they are there.

"They tend to fling it around more and, especially in defence, they'll shoot up.

"If they (the hits) come off, their tails go up."

The facts remain that Leinster have leaked a total of one try out of eleven points in their last four against Zebre.

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