Tuesday 12 December 2017

Leo Cullen says he's still not at ease yet as Leinster boss

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen

You wouldn't know it to listen to Leo Cullen when asked about the possibility the Leinster coach might be more comfortable now than when he was offered the post during the summer.

"I think it's way too early to tell," he said. "If I was in this job for ten years, I still don't think I'd feel particularly comfortable in it.

"There is a 100 different things going on. It is a competitive club where people want to be successful.

"With that comes a reasonable level of responsibility. It's trying to manage all thee floating parts.

"I don't think I'm at ease yet," he said.

There was a freedom of expression and degree of adventure shown by the Blues in their 37-13 dissection of the Dragons on Saturday which thrilled the crowd of 10,400 in attendance.

There could be exciting times ahead because there should be exciting rugby ahead, if the super-smooth transformation from a 'hit-it-up, hit-the-ground' attitude to contact is anything to go by.

The offload is in fashion in Dublin 4.

"It's about the carry and the collision as well before that," he said.

"If you're dominant in that area, it allows you to offload the ball."

Leinster stand two points off joint-leaders Scarlets, Edinburgh and Munster.

However, tight-head Marty Moore will undergo return to play protocols and number eight Jack Conan will have a scan on a rolled ankle.

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