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You’re 10-3 up in the Champions Cup final and the clock has just gone red signalling the end of the first half and you’re in possession of the ball. What do you do?
Most teams would kick the ball out and take that seven point lead into the break and regroup for the second-half. Not Leinster though. They’re ballsy. But ballsy doesn’t always pay off. Just ask Johnny Sexton.
The Leinster outhalf was speaking after the province’s 20-10 defeat to Saracens yesterday and explained their questionable decision to not kick the ball out, which resulted in a Saracens try just minutes later meaning the two teams went in level at the breal.
“We conceded just before half-time which was a killer moment,” Sexton told Virgin Media Sport.
“We made a ballsy enough play. At a ruck, we could have put it dead and kicked it out. We were thinking, ‘lets put pressure on them and get another score.’ Like I say, you can never sit back and we’ve got a chance to put it up and win it in the air.”
“We didn’t take it and they scored just before half-time. But it’s not the game, we had lots of chances in the second half. That’s the way I saw it anyway.”
You win some, you lose some. Roll on the PRO14 semi-final.
"They took their chances. We didn't take ours."
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) May 11, 2019