Pete Wilkins: Leinster preview

28 May 2024

Pete Wilkins: Leinster preview

This Friday Connacht travel to Dublin where they take on Leinster in the final Round of the BKT United Rugby Championship at the RDS Arena, kick off is 7.35pm

Reaching the playoffs are still a possibility for Connacht but they will be depending on other results this weekend if they are to reach the knockout stages.

Pete Wilkins spoke to media ahead of the interprovincial derby.

"The mentality coming into this game is strong and positive"

"This has a cup final feel for us"

"We have put ourselves in this position which is do or die"

"We need to make sure we get the right result and hope others go our way"

Pete's side come up against a Leinster squad which lost to Toulouse at the weekend in Champions Cup. Wilkins knows whatever side Leinster play on Friday that they will be up for it and will want a reaction.

"Whenever you play a really good side away from home you know the start is crucial"

"We can't just fully focus on the start of the game because this Leinster team are very good in the second half"

"Overall they are good most of the time but especially the second half"

Ahead of the game Pete confirmed that Denis Buckley and Shane Jennings are back fit and available for selection this week after missing the Stormers game.