Published: 11:34 | 13/1/20

Deegan eyes top seeding for Leinster

Leinster back row Max Deegan says the squad are determined to secure top seeding for the knock-out stages of the Champions Cup by beating Benetton in their final pool game this weekend.

The number eight, who was man of the match in the 42-14 win over Lyon at the RDS on Sunday, says the squad are now focused on the trip to Treviso and securing the win they need to guarantee top seeding.

"We've always been looking for the top seeding in the competition since day one,” he said.

“We knew if we were going to get that top seeding that we'd have to win every game, so we'll be looking to do the same next week.

"We'll be focusing on a short week this week and hitting the ground running. It's been a great block there just gone (including the three inter-provincial derby victories) and we just need to finish it off next week."

The 23-year-old scored one of three second-half tries to put the seal on a deserved victory for the hosts after the French side had scored late in the first period to leave the game finely poised at 21-14 at the break.

"Lyon had a big physical side out there today and it showed in the early passages of play. They were really coming at us hard. For their second try, really physical running onto the ball. Tough game, they really put it up to us,” he said.

"It looked like we were on top in the first half but they were only one score behind us. We knew if we didn't come out strong in the second half that this game could change completely and it could be out of our hands.

"All the players focused on a fast start, a really accurate start, and the fact that we didn't concede anything in that second half was really pleasing from a players' point of view."

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