Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw has explained how his side must learn from Munster’s mistakes ahead of their Champions Cup meeting with Racing 92 this weekend.
In the later stages of last month, Leinster booked their spot in the Champions Cup final after a thoroughly impressive 38-16 victory over Scarlets in the Aviva and this weekend, are in with a shout of taking home the trophy itself for what will be the fourth time – but only if they can overcome Racing 96 in the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao on Saturday.
Henshaw spoke to RTE Sport about Leinster’s upcoming matchup with Racing 92 and how they must look to their opponents’ 27-22 victory over Munster as a reference point on how they should be planning their attempt to bring home the Champions Cup.
The prospect of seeing an all-Irish final was dismantled by the French side last month and Henshaw believes a strong start is absolutely essential to avoid a repeat occurrence.
“They came out of the blocks against Munster firing. Then they held on to the ball and they got a lot of momentum in the game, they got the ball to the edges and their danger man Teddy Thomas was on fire that day. We’ll look at that game and know that we can’t give them the start they got against Munster.
“We need to play smart and not give them possession. They look to get the ball wide and use their speed on the edges and we need to be switched on from the word go. It’s a final and it’s going to be even. Either team can take it on the day and it depends on how you are prepared to go that extra yard for your team-mate.
“It’s going to come down to who wants it at the end of the day. It’s a really exciting game to be involved in. It’s going to be extremely tough. We know they are pumped up in the Racing camp.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena