JOHNNY SEXTON has been told he doesn’t need a Leinster warm-up to get up to speed to Ireland.
Sexton, 36, came on from the bench in Sunday’s record 89-7 Champions Cup win over Montpellier.
It was his first action since injuring his ankle and knee in a game against the All Blacks more than two months ago – with a time out of which he was dragged out by a series of concussions. they eat.
Asked if the first half was pushing to get the nod against Bath on Saturday ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations opener against Wales on February 5, Felipe Contepomi said: “Johnny puts pressure on everyone. when he comes back and trains.
“When he’s been training the way he’s been training for the past few weeks, he’s definitely put pressure on everyone.
“But it’s not about Johnny as a player, it’s about Leinster, and we always try to put in the best squad that we think is ready to execute in the best way for Leinster.
“Johnny is in good form, in really good form.
“My point with Johnny is that to be honest, he doesn’t need many more games.
“He needs to keep training and if he can stay fit and train properly at the level we train here and then at the level they train with Ireland, he will certainly be. ready.
“Hopefully he can play this weekend and then he can get some more games but he is not a young player who needs some games down the line.
“He’s got so much experience that all he has to do is keep himself fit and ready when he needs to be on the pitch.”
Contepomi said Jordan Larmour (amputation), Tadhg Furlong (calf) and James Ryan (hamstring) are not ruled out at The Rec, alleviating concerns about their potential availability of Andy Farrell.
Although Bath is no longer in dispute, the Argentinian warns it could be a tougher task than it looks this weekend.
He said: “We always want to finish as high as possible because you don’t know who you’re going to play next but the higher you finish, the more chance you have, if you make it through, for a quarter-final. at home and then. a semi-final at home, etc.
“You have to prepare as if to play the toughest Bath team ever because that’s how they will probably approach it and also if you’ve seen Bath in Europe against us and against us. against La Rochelle in the final match, they will not give up. .
“They were beaten 39-0 by La Rochelle and came back with 21 points, so 39-21.
“Against us, they finished very well and we conceded a few points, so we know what they are capable of, especially in attack, they are a very good team with great players. Good players, a lot of history in this game.
“So we’re just preparing for a tough game and hopefully we can prepare accordingly and as best we can within a short week.”
Without a doubt, they will provide stronger resistance than what the Montpellier side did at the RDS.
The return coach said: “They might not be the team you would expect but at the same time, we played some very good rugby.
“Now it is easy to say that Montpellier is not good enough. But we had a game where we played close to 40 minutes of play, where they averaged 30 minutes or less.
“So when you take a team that isn’t used to playing football for 40 minutes to that kill zone and from the first minute, maybe that explains a bit of the result as well.
“It’s not just that they’re not good enough.
“We created a place where we felt more comfortable than they did.
“There are certainly a lot of academy players or young players but some of those players have played in the Top 14 and they’re third in that league.”
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