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Stephen Jones Reckons Saracens Would Beat Leinster…And Beat Them Well

Leinster are, without doubt, the kingpins of European rugby at the moment. 

They reaffirmed that fact with yesterday’s Guinness PRO14 final victory over the Scarlets. Although the scoreline may have suggested the game was tight – it was anything but.

The eastern province have used a total of 55 different players this season and it’s a rather scary thought to consider the depth they have at their disposal.

This, in addition to their large representation in the current Ireland U20s squad for the upcoming World Cup, would suggest that Leinster’s dominance should continue for some time yet.

Nevertheless, there are teams around Europe who would fancy another crack at Leinster after tasting defeat to Leo Cullen’s charges.

Munster would undoubtedly rue their inaccuracies in the PRO14 semi-final last weekend while Saracens, who discarded reigning Premiership champions the Exeter Chiefs in emphatic fashion on Saturday, would surely like revenge against the team who knocked them out of the Champions Cup quarter-finals.

Stephen Jones, the often controversial rugby columnist for The Sunday Times, believes that Saracens would beat Leinster if they played right now. Not only does he think Mark McCall’s side would win, but win with a good bit to spare.

There is a bit of method to Jones’ madness here. Saracens are undoubtedly a better side now than they were when they fell to Leinster at the Aviva Stadium in the Champions Cup quarter-final – the return of key players and excellent form is a testament to that.

However, we don’t think we can get on board with Saracens beating Leinster by 12 points.

What do you make of Jones’ comments?

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter