Leinster secured the final semi-final spot in the Champions Cup this afternoon with a brilliant 30-19 triumph over reigning champions Saracens.
The win secures a home spot against Scarlets, who subsequently earned a hard-fought win over La Rochelle. The Irish side now look favourites on paper to win the tournament outright.
As he did for Ireland in there Grand Slam victory over England in the Six Nations, Leinster’s Dan Leavy produced an incredible man of the match performance display once again.
Dan Leavy was immense.
4 defenders beaten
Huge ruck work
Lineout effort pic.twitter.com/wXPKp9WigU
— Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) April 1, 2018
The Leinster man capped off his fine performance with a brilliant try, putting Leinster 21-12 ahead. Leavy beautifully ran through the line to score his second European Cup try in 11 appearances.
A standout for Ireland in the Six Nations, Dan Leavy has carried his form into the Champions Cup…
A try he started a finished, excellent score from the Leinster’s number 7️⃣ pic.twitter.com/CyndSn4sbu
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) April 1, 2018
Speaking in the post-match interview, Leavy was in humorous form recapping on both his and Leinster’s fine display – sporting a rather large golf ball-esque black eye.
“I kind of look like Quasimodo more than usual at the moment which is great. What an Easter Sunday it has been.”
In regards Saracens performance, both Leavy and Leinster knew they were in for a tough, physical day at the office.
“Yeah, well, we know what a strong team they are. They’ve lads like Sean Burger, Mako and Marro running at you from all angles, so if you’re not physical with them and you let them run over you it’s going to be a long day at the office.
“It’s definitely something we targeted going into the game. There’s a few things we can brush up on but for the most part it was pretty good.”
“I kind of look like Quasimodo more than usual, which is great…”
Dan Leavy’s nasty shiner won’t bother him as he scooped the man of the match award for his outstanding performance ? pic.twitter.com/4D9avH7aAZ
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) April 1, 20
Johnny Sexton was introduced to add an extra bit of humour when asked about Leavy’s performance.
“Yeah, he’s doing alright.”
We gave out to him all week but look he produces. If you produce like that ever weekend.”
“He reminds me of rocky Elsom. He doesn’t train during the week and then turns up.”
The Dublin native can certainly be considered a perfect replacement for the injured Sean O’Brien. There is no doubt that a tough competition is set to precede for O’Brien to try regain his starting position.
Dean Byrne, Pundit Arena.