When, which channel, team news and all you need to know about Leicester Tigers v Leinster
Leinster faces a daunting journey into the tiger’s den with a place in the Champions Cup semi-finals. The Blues scored their landmark European victory in the 2009 final against Leicester after shocking their biggest rivals Munster in the last four at Croke Park.
Where and when is it running?
The Champions Quarter-Final against Leicester Tigers gets underway at Welford Road at 5.30pm on Saturday.
What’s new from the team?
Rónan Kelleher and Ryan Baird have returned to improve Leinster’s options. “We’ve done a lot of fitness work, a lot of contact work because we know Leicester are a big team with big ball carriers,” revealed Robbie Henshaw.
Leicester fielded a full-strength team and easily defeated Bristol 56-26 in the Premier League over the weekend.
Where can I see the game?
The game is on BT Sport 2 with coverage from 5.15pm. There is also coverage on BeIN Sports.
What can I read and hear about the game on Independent.ie?
On this week’s episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey for a look at the Quarterfinals.
What are the match odds?
Leicester 2/1, Leinster 2/5, tie 17/1.
What do the trainers say?
Leinster manager Stuart Lancaster is not concerned that his strongest team has not played since defeating Connacht on April 15. “The challenge for me as a coach is of course that I reach the optimal point between the preparations, both for the opponent and physically prepare them for the game, because those are two different things.”
Leicester boss Steve Borthwick has complained that Leinster have an advantage over Premier League leaders. “We’re playing against a Leinster team who have such an incredible record in Europe and have such amazing resources,” he said. “From the support they have, the ability to leave a team at home while they go on tour to South Africa.
“They then sent most of their coaches back after a week in South Africa to coach that team to do an extra week of preparation, sent other players back from South Africa to get an extra week of preparation for Europe. That’s not what a Premiership team can do.”
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