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Leo Cullen Praises Danger Men As Leinster Put 5 Tries Past Edinburgh

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Leinster head coach, Leo Cullen has praised the impact of his backs in their 31-7 win over Edinburgh in the Pro14 on Saturday evening. 

Fergus McFadden and James Lowe crossed the try line in the first half before Jordan Larmour, Johnny Sexton and Garry Ringrose wrapped up the bonus point win in the RDS Arena.

Cullen was full of praise for his back line after the full-time whistle and is eager to exploit the “versatility” of Larmour in the future.

“Obviously, James has plenty of tricks up his sleeve. He’s definitely a threat in attack, Jordan as well with his footwork, is always dangerous. The guys trained well this week and it was nice to get a few tries in for the backs.”

“I think he has that versatility, Jordan could play anywhere, so he could. I think he’ll play quite a bit for us at 15 and on the wing.

“Obviously, for Ireland he was playing in the 23 role quite a bit last year and was coming off the bench, even in the Grand Slam game against England he came on quite early in the centre so that versatility is great. He gets a lot of space at 15 but he’s also dangerous on the wing.”

Leinster didn’t emerge unscathed from the physical encounter. James Ryan was removed by the medical staff after just 20 minutes while Dan Leavy, who had just returned from injury, also underwent a HIA after a high tackle from Pierre Schoeman, for which he received a straight red.

Both players will now follow the return to play protocols with a full report expected later this week.

Leinster now face into inter-pro action with a highly anticipated game against Connacht next weekend, before welcoming Munster to the RDS.

Following Connacht’s win over Scarlets, Cullen believes that all points picked up in games will count at the end of the group stages.

“It was a good contest for us. We talk about the importance of the fixtures. I think Edinburgh had more wins than us last year so it was very tight at the top of the table. All of those points, bonus points, losing points, they make a huge difference. Next week is a different challenge but it was a good, physical challenge.”

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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