Thursday 18 January 2018

Kearney: Aim is to win and hope for slip-up


Leinster coach Matt O'Connor has called up Gordon D'Arcy for the benched Ian Madigan as they prepare to take on Ulster tomorrow night.

Hooker Richardt Strauss, flanker Dominic Ryan and wing Zane Kirchner are also brought back in to trigger a change-up.

Rob Kearney cites the Dragons home and away and the Six Nations window as big regrets.

The merit of play-off qualification comes down to wins should clubs conclude the season on level points.

Leinster trail the Top-4 badly with nine wins measured against 13 for The Ospreys, Ulster and Munster and 14 for leaders Glasgow.

In fact, Ulster are most vulnerable due to the run-in with Leinster and Munster at home and Glasgow away.

"Yeah, exactly! That's why (we have to record) a win this week and then hope that they slip up another week, it's all we can hope for now," he said.

He was not about to get drawn into how likely Leinster chances are at this stage.

"It's impossible to say," he answered.

"There will be a twist of some sort over the next three weeks for the run-in. Of one of the five teams, someone is going to slip up or something uncharacteristic is going to happen.

"Who it's going to be? I don't know. All we can do is try to get the win this week and hope that whoever it is who slips up favours us."

Leinster: R Kearney; Z Kirchner; B Te'o, G D'Arcy, L Fitzgerald; J Gopperth, I Boss; C Healy, R Strauss, M Ross, D Toner, M McCarthy, S O'Brien, D Ryan, J Heaslip (capt).

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