Lowe: ‘RDS crowd can give us the edge’
October 30, 2019 3:17 pm Conor Sharkey
In the 31st-minute of Leinster Rugby’s win over Edinburgh back on 11 October at the RDS Arena, the province was reduced to 13 men following two yellow cards and Jaco van der Walt was lining up a conversion to put the Scottish side 7-5 ahead.
A nine-minute spell leading into half-time with reduced numbers beckoned and Edinburgh were on the charge.
It was around that time that the 13,000 supporters in the stands stepped in to bridge the gap in numbers on the field.
“It gives me goosebumps thinking about it,” James Lowe told Leinster Rugby TV this week, recalling that night in the RDS.
“It’s one of those times when you’re playing and you just literally feel a rush of energy coming from the crowd, understanding the situation that we were in with 13 men on the pitch.
“(Edinburgh) get a penalty at halfway, they kick it into our corner, we manage to get a turnover. Things like that are absolutely huge. We managed to get down the other end and score and we go in half-time up. That can be the difference, especially in these big games coming up with Europe just around the corner, so another boisterous RDS crowd would be very handy.”
Lowe knows that boisterous RDS crowd will be needed again as Dragons come bounding into town this Friday (KO 7.35pm) on the back of a win over Glasgow Warriors last Saturday.
Dean Ryan’s side are currently fourth in Guinness PRO14 Conference A thanks to that win over 2015 champions Glasgow and a thumping 52-28 victory over Zebre in Parma.
“It’s an exciting prospect obviously with them playing so well on the weekend against Glasgow, tipping them up – and quite comfortably in the end.
“Dragons are a different kettle of fish this year. Sam Davies at 10, the old Ospreys 10. We’re excited. We feel like we’ve set a pretty good precedent at home. And we want to keep it that way.”
Tickets for Leinster v Dragons at the RDS Arena this Friday are on sale now from €26.