Tuesday 26 March 2019

Jordan given licence

PRO14 League Leinster v Treviso (RDS, Tonight 7.35, Live TG4)

Last man back: Leinster’s Jordan Larmour
Last man back: Leinster’s Jordan Larmour

Joey Carbery will start his first game at out-half in the second last game of the PRO14 League regular season.

All seven of the 22-year-old starts for Leinster this season have come from full-back where a certain Jordan Lamour will start this evening.

"He is such a naturally talented footballer, Joey," said coach Leo Cullen.

"It's that balance between managing the game and putting his own creative stamp on the game."

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt used Carbery sparingly, but effectively, in the position during the Six Nations.

The drip-feed of limited time at No 10 did not show-up when he was given significant minutes in the Champions Cup quarter-final.

"Yeah, some really tight situations he's coming into as well, even the Saracens game, that last 15 minutes when he was on the field.

"That is something he's getting better and better at all the time. It is just time out there on the field will make him better."

Into the No 15 shirt comes Larmour hot-footing it back from injury.

Interestingly, the 20-year-old has racked up seven of his last eight starts from full-back.

Leinster have made the smart move to get him on the ball as often as possible.

"One of his incredible strengths is the work he gets through off the ball which means he gets a lot of touches.

"You constantly see with Jordan in training the bits he can do," issued Cullen.

"A lot of his threat comes from very unstructured scenarios.

"When we pressurise kicks, it allows him to receive kicks on his terms. That is some of the stuff other players can do for him.


"He has got a fair bit of licence to roam and certainly from 15 he will get plenty of touches on the ball."

Prop Jack McGrath will captain for the third time this season following on from Munster in Thomond Park and Ulster at The RDS.

So far, there have been two wins captured and the loose-head means to continue the trend.

"It's great to be able to lead a team out like this and to get that experience of being able to speak to the senior guys in the squad and learn," he said.

"You probably have to do the things you do well a little bit better because people are looking to you to lead them as well so you can't go too far off script.

"You just need to do your own thing right and lead correctly."

The return of Ian McKinley to Dublin has been modified by the fact he will start on the bench.

"Jeepers, I remember the injury at the time and to see what he's done," said Cullen.

"An incredible character and we wish him the very, very best in his career ... after tomorrow."

Leinster: J Larmour; F McFadden, R O'Loughlin, N Reid, B Daly; J Carbery, J Gibson-Park; J McGrath (capt), R Strauss, A Porter, R Molony, I Nagle, J Murphy, S O'Brien, M Deegan.

Replacements: J Tracy, E Byrne, M Bent, M Kearney, P Timmins; N McCarthy, R Byrne, A Byrne,

Treviso: J Hayward; A Bronzini, T Iannone, A Sgarbi (capt), M Ioane; T Allan, T Tebaldi; F Zani, L Bigi, S Ferrari, M Lazzaroni, A Zanni, F Ruzza, S Negri, N Manu.

Replacements: E Makelara, C Traore, T Pasquali, I Herbst, M Fuser, D Budd; I McKinley, T Benvenuti.

Verdict: Leinster

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