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Rabo Round Up – Leinster See Off Two Greats In Style

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Not perfect, never would have been. Not when the wizard goes off injured after ten minutes. And Leinster haven’t exactly been vintage this season, not by a long shot. But when it mattered, come the final whistle they made sure the scoreboard read digits that are an accurate reflection of the legacy this team has built itself, one that the great Leo Cullen and Brian O’Driscoll were both instrumental in the construction of.

Glasgow, for myself anyway, were the worst possible finalists opposite the champions. Along with Connacht they are the team I always feel are just dying to punch above their weight and pull of that successful season but always coming up against the wrong team at the wrong time. They have time to get it right though. Next season they will warrant a close eye. But this season, at least domestically, was Leinster’s.

And they were always going to try and have it that way, what with those two work horses hanging up the boots. Saturday evening still saw some of the yips that have dogged them all season, uncharacteristically sloppy hands, inches from finishing in attacking set pieces etc. But from the first try they kept their composure and dominance until the end. Glasgow never looked out of the fight, but at the same time never looked like Leinster were going to let them away.

The same work remains to be done for Leinster, and Matt O’Connor now has double the pressure having finished his freshman season a winner. But for now let us not take away from the swan songs of Cullen and O’Driscoll, two stalwarts, both risked massive sacrifice to play on that little bit longer than medicine would argue they should have. Both will be cemented in the halls of the RDS and Aviva as pillars, inspirations.
Leinster 34 – 12 Glasgow

Image via @BrianODriscoll, Twitter

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