The brilliant story of how Leinster prepped for the Champions Cup 5 years ago

The brilliant story of how Leinster prepped for the Champions Cup

It's Champions Cup final day...


Leinster take on Racing 92 in the Champions Cup final in Bilbao, in what should be a cracking game.

In this week's The Hard Yards, host Andy McGeady and SportsJOE reporter Pat McCarry were joined by Heineken Cup winner Kevin McLaughlin in studio.

Kevin McLaughlin revealed the story of how Leinster shut down Tadhg Beirne in the Champions Cup semi-final, you can listen to it from the 23.00 mark below.


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In case you don't have time to listen now, here's a quick run down of what Kevin said.


"It was almost an advantage for them, having [Scarlets turnover machine] Tadhg Beirne playing in that game... in a warped way.

"They had a guy - I think Jordi Murphy said it in the press after the game - in a blue scrum-cap all week. One of the academy guys had the absolute shit kicked out of him all week. Any time they saw the blue lid, they absolutely smashed him.

"I wonder who the blue lid is going to be this week because it is great to have a focus point like that. And I think the ruck is going to be so important as Leinster's game depends on it. And what Mike is saying there is that if Racing can slow the ball down and push their line-speed on Leinster, then Leinster will struggle to get over the gainline and do what they've got to do."