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Lions need miracle against Leinster in URC clash



It seems the Lions will need a miracle if they are to take a win against Leinster in their United Rugby Championship game in Dublin this weekend.

Ivan van Rooyen’s team has their backs against the wall and things are not looking good for them this weekend either.

Here we take a look at four reasons why the Lions need as much Irish luck as they can get when they face Leinster at 7:35pm on Friday.

Weather

It’s been quite hot in the highfield for the past few weeks, but conditions in Dublin are likely to be just the opposite: freezing cold, windy and wet. The conditions will be strange for most, if not all, Lions players who would not have played in wet and cold Dublin before.

While they may be lucky with no rain (some forecasts claim the heavy rain in the UK and Ireland is over), it is expected to be cold and windy, with afternoon temperatures of 9 degrees Celsius. However, the game starts late in the evening and you never know if it will rain or not.

It will be difficult to adapt to the conditions quickly as the Lions don’t have much time to acclimate in Dublin.

Leinster record

The Lions take on one of the toughest teams to ever play in European rugby clubs. Leinster won the Heineken Cup three times between 2008 and 2012, and also won the newer Champions Cup in 2017/18 and came second in 2018/19.

The Jonathan Sexton-led squad have also dominated the Pro 14 in recent years, winning the title four times in a row between 2018 and 2021. The Pro 14 morphed into the United Rugby Championship at the start of the new season last year.

Leinster shape

Based at the RDS Arena and also playing from Aviva Stadium, the Dublin team are in red-hot form, occupying second place on the URC table, with 35 points, one point ahead of the leaders, Ulster, who has 36 points. have. Leinster, however, has a game up its sleeve.

Leo Cullen’s squad was in good shape this weekend and coped well with the poor conditions to beat Ospreys 29-7 and move up the points list. They have won seven of their nine games so far this season.

lion shape

The men from Joburg have no stature to speak of. They have lost four games in a row in recent weeks – all to SA opposition – including two at home in Ellis Park. Confidence will be low and questions will be asked about some players, the coaches and the brand of rugby.

The Lions are in 14th place in the league with 16 teams with just two wins from eight games played. Only the Dragons (one win out of eight) and Zebre (no wins out of seven) have underperformed.

This weekend’s URC matches

Zebre Parma v Bulls (Parma, Friday 6.30pm)
Leinster v Lions (Dublin, Friday 7:35 PM)
Connacht v Stormers (Galway, Saturday 1pm)
Benetton v Sharks (Treviso, Saturday 4:05 PM)

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