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Published: 14:16 | 13/9/18

WATCH: Leinster still need "little tweaks", says eir sport pundit Stringer


eir sport pundit Peter Stringer says Leinster still need to make "little tweaks" defensively ahead of Saturday's Pro 14 game against Dragons.

Defending Pro 14 champions Leinster were beaten 23-21 by 2017 title winners Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday evening, after winning their Pro 14 opener against the Blues at Cardiff Arms Park the previous week by just a single point.

And former Munster and Ireland scrum-half Stringer says the Leinster defence need to tighten up defensively ahead of their first home game of the season, against the Dragons at the RDS on Saturday, a match which will be shown live on eir sport 1 [coverage starts 4.30pm].

"They won last week, and they got a losing bonus-point this weekend, but they won't be entirely happy," he told eir sport's The Pro 14 Hour.

"There are elements of their game that need to improve. The defence has leaked a lot of points, over 50 points in two games, which is unlike them.

"You look at little moments in the game, there is quite a big gap between certain defenders. There was a moment when Gareth Davies went through [in Saturday's game against Scarlets] and he was able to get an offload.

"These things need to be fixed before the season gets going properly."

Former Scotland lock Alastair Kellock, who captained Glasgow Warriors between 2006 and 2015, believes the Leinster pack has yet to form a cohesive defensive gameplan in their opening two matches so far.

"Leinster got caught between sacking [grabbing the player with the ball between waist and arms after a line-out] and blitzing [cramping the opposition attack at speed through weight of numbers]," the 37-year-old told eir sport's The Pro 14 Hour.

"Now that's very unlike Leinster, because generally the communication would be there. 

"In one case. you had a man trying to bring a player down, and another two trying to keep him up.

"You are working against each other."

Leinster's Pro 14 clash against Dragons at the RDS on Saturday, 15 September will be shown live on eir sport 1 [coverage starts 4.30pm].

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