Champions Cup: Leinster’s James Lowe happy to join shootout if required

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Leinster and Ireland wing James Lowe has put his hand up should the unlikely event of a place-kicking competition settle their Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse.

Last weekend Munster and Toulouse were level at 24-24 after 100 minutes of rugby, including extra time, and the game had to be decided by a place-kicking contest won by the French giants.

Ready to kick at goal

With only two games in the competition’s history reaching that point, it is unlikely this weekend’s clash will. Nevertheless, Lowe is prepared to kick at goal if required.

“Yeah, I’ll definitely put my hand up,” he told RTÉ Sport.

“Ever since I was a kid I’ve kicked the ball. I place-kicked a lot in school and club rugby back in New Zealand.

“I haven’t place-kicked a lot in recent times for obvious reasons: you’ve got the Sextons, the Byrnes, the Frawleys, Garry Ringrose, there’s a long list.

“But, you know, if there’s 100 minutes of footy played and I’m still standing then I think I can nudge them over from in front.

“Hopefully it doesn’t come to that. I don’t think any team wants another 100 minutes of rugby.

“I know the drama is amazing for the spectator but jeepers, when I heard that game went to 100 minutes… I wouldn’t want to play 100 minutes, 80 minutes is well and truly enough.”

Leinster and Toulouse met at the same stage back in 2019, where the Irish side claimed a 30-12 win, and Lowe recalls what was a tough clash.

“It was a (hotly) contested game, a beautiful day at the Aviva,” he said.

“It was topsy-turvy but we worked them well around the corner a few times and we were very clinical at our ruck and that went a long way.

“I feel like if we can get our stuff right then we’ll put our best foot forward.

“When we come unstuck it’s when we don’t get things right like the ruck and set-piece isn’t functioning.

“Funnily enough those things worked well at the weekend [in the 23-14 win over against Leicester] and we just couldn’t exit off the back of it. Those are the things we’ve worked on.”

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