19 Jun, 06:50
A single point separated the sides as a hard-fought 5th-8th place play-off finished in France's favour at Stade Henri Desgrange on Tuesday night. Check out some photos from Ireland's fourth IRB Junior World Championsip match.
It's really an enormous task that we face, there's no two ways about it. I mean they're a very wealthy club. They're sponsored by Michelin. They can probably pay their bench more than we pay our entire squad and they've never lost a home game in the European Cup. So it doesn't get much tougher than that but I'll tell you the boys are really looking forward to it. They're up for it. Bring em on said an upbeat Leinster Lion coach Matt Williams, speaking to RTE's Michael Corcoran prior to the squad's departure.
The squad includes Malcolm O'Kelly who was in some doubt earlier in the week having hurt his back in the game against Borders and at this stage he is till on the doubtful list but obviously hopes are that the hugely influential O'Kelly will be fit to make the starting line-up. All the incentive is there for Leinster, not least being the fact that they've never won in France and if they get that particular monkey off their backs then anyone who hasn't backed them for ultimate glory will find very poor value odds on offer come Saturday evening. Leinster: G Dempsey; D Hickie, B O'Driscoll, S Horgan, G D'Arcy; C Warner, B O'Meara; R Corrigan (Capt), S Byrne, E Byrne, L Cullen, M O'Kelly, E Miller, V Costello, K Gleeson. Replacements: P Coyle, G Hickie, A Kearney, A McCullen, B O'Riordan, N Spooner, D Quinlan.
Montferrand: S Viars; J Marlu, J Ngaumo, R Chanal, D Bory; G Merceron, G Sudre; S Bozzi, R Cockerill, L Tsabadze, T Jaques, O Brouzet, A Audebert, M Raynaud, O Magne. Replacements: D Ashvetia, A Castola, E Lecomte, J Machacek, D Von Hoesslin, X Sadourny, Y N Gog.