EUROPEAN CUP. Toulouse clearly disadvantaged physically compared to Leinster?

One hundred minutes of rugby. Twenty too many compared to Leinster, future opponent of Stade Toulousain. The quarter-final between Toulouse and Munster left its mark. Organizations were traumatized by the stigma of the fight and the intensity of the encounter. Damage is to be deplored in the Toulouse ranks. Maxime M├ędard, Dimitri Delibes and Baptiste Germain are all uncertain ahead of Saturday’s game at Aviva Stadium. The good news lies in the potential returns of Arthur Bonneval, Zack Holmes, and finally Juan Cruz Mallia who served his suspension following his red card received against Ulster in the round of 16 first leg.

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Faced with a full and fit Leinster team, how can Stade Toulousain be physically ready to face one of the best teams in Europe today? Because in addition to being a rugby team, which represents 80% of the Irish team, Leinster has been able to manage its workforce and rest its executives in its last weeks. After sending the big team to Limerick for the clash against Munster in the United Rugby Championship, and having chained against Connacht in the Champions Cup, the Dubliners had to face two South African teams in southern Africa. Thus, Leo Cullen opted for a very broad staff review. Only three players against Leicester were in South Africa: Andrew Porter, Rhys Ruddock, and Tommy O’Brien. The others were resting to prepare for the trip to Leicester.

And Toulouse during this time? After their tiring round of 16 against Ulster, Toulouse rotated their squad to Marseille against Toulon, but returned the cover the following weekend for the reception of La Rochelle at the Stadium. Thus, Leinster is on a more easily manageable schedule unlike Toulouse, which cannot afford to drop any meeting. Assistant coach Jean Bouilhou explained how Toulouse would prepare for the huge challenge ahead:

You have to recover. The bodies are bruised. We will have to find freshness. We’re not going to train too much. Our rugby, the guys know it by heart. We will therefore work on details and work strategically in relation to the characteristics of the opponent.

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Leinster actually knows him by heart. See Garry Ringrose, who said earlier this week that Stadistes had a “sixth sense”. If there is no doubt that Toulouse will be able to use the ball this Saturday, its physical form remains a big question mark against a team so strong. The Irish collective speed is likely to get the better of Toulouse over time. And even such a week of recovery may not be enough.

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