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Sunday 25 August 2019

Leinster free to express themselves

PRO14 LEAGUE ULSTER v LEINSTER Live Eirsport 1 Tonight (5.15pm)

Leo Cullen
Leo Cullen

Leinster have not lost four in a row in the League campaign since the 2014/2015 season.

That is a small issue compared to how Leo Cullen manages the fitness and form of his squad over the next five weeks.

In this regard, he won't be too concerned about the outcome at The Kingspan tomorrow evening as long as those in contention, even for a spot on the bench, for the Champions Cup final come away unscathed.

This is what leaves the door ajar for Ulster to finish what they could only start in The Aviva.

Coach Dan McFarland will preach the value of maintaining standards and momentum one week out from the PRO14 quarter-final in Belfast.

Ulster have lost just one of their last seven, albeit in a most disappointing debacle in Glasgow.

In addition, they have lost just once at the Kingspan in any tournament in the last 14 months.

Interestingly, that came against Connacht, their play-off guests next week.

In the case of the matter at hand, Leinster have nothing more pressing than promoting the honour of more time in the blue shirt.

This could allow a degree of freedom of expression to cut loose that can pose problems for Ulster.

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