Leinster head coach Leo Cullen praised James Lowe’s impressive four-try performance as the Blues secured their place in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals by easily beating Connacht at the Aviva Stadium.
Guilt was outstanding as he tormented the Connacht defense with a typically all-action display.
The Ireland winger repeated Jimmy O’Brien’s four-try salvo from earlier in the tournament when Leinster won at Bath.
Cullen was delighted with Lowe who is back at his best.
“He’s had a good week this week,” Cullen said of Lowe.
“There are always parts of every game that can be improved. He’s very, very talented, as we know.
“If he really tries, he’s as good as anyone else out there. He worked hard this week and you can see the rewards he got for it.
“He brings another level to the power he has in contact. It is an ability that he is able to manage contact on his terms.
“When we signed James, we saw that in New Zealand with the Chiefs. He’s been here a long time. He’s a colorful character, as we know. It’s been great to see that he’s been doing well these past few weeks
“Our job is to get the best out of the players and maximize their potential. He has a lot of potential. It’s about making sure we work with him to get the best out of him. We recognize the special talents he has.
“There is good positive pressure in the environment because there is good competition for places. The guys know they have to play well because if they don’t, someone else is ready to take their place on the team.”
Jack Conan was forced out in the first half with a neck injury but Cullen allayed any fears surrounding the Leinster and Ireland No.8 when he added:
“He’s just got a little bang on his back, his neck, we could have let him out longer but it was a precautionary measure so we’ll see how that settles down.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/hes-very-very-talented-leo-cullen-full-of-praise-for-leinsters-four-try-hero-in-champions-cup-rout-over-connacht-41557825.html ‘He’s very, very talented’ – Leo Cullen is full of praise for Leinster’s hero with four tries in the Champions Cup win over Connacht