Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Sowerby hails 'complete' Leinster

Shaun Sowerby

Toulouse star Shaun Sowerby has labelled Leinster "a complete side" ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final showdown in Dublin.

Sowerby and company head to the Irish capital one win away from reaching their seventh Heineken final, with Northampton or Perpignan awaiting the victors on May 21. Leinster though, conquerors of Leicester in the quarter-finals, are backed in many quarters to repeat their 2009 exploits this term and be crowned European champions for a second time.

"In my opinion, there are only a couple of teams in Europe that you could class as a complete side - and Leinster are one of those teams," said South African back-row forward Sowerby. "They have a good pack that can dominate, talent out wide and the experience and the know-how to win games."

He added: "They are a big European side who have represented themselves well this season, as they have done over the last couple of years.

"We all saw their quarter-final win against Leicester - it is on all of the computers down at our training ground. I thought they played really well and deserved the win. It really was a big statement beating Leicester."

Toulouse, the Heineken Cup holders who are in pursuit of a fifth European title, lead 5-3 on previous tournament meetings, including a 26-16 semi-final victory last season.

And Sowerby admitted: "We are extremely familiar with them. We have met them a lot over the last few seasons, so we know what they are all about.

"They are technically spot-on, they play with pace and intensity, and we have to be ready for that."

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