WATCH: Johnny Sexton ‘heir’ shows INCREDIBLE skills with DOUBLE kick pass

Dylan Coetzee
Leinster fly-half Sam Prendergast.

Leinster fly-half Sam Prendergast.

Sam Prendergast, who is often touted as the great Johnny Sexton’s heir, continues to show promise at Leinster and underlined his talent with a magnificent bit of skill in their 43-20 win over Ulster in their United Rugby Championship quarter-final.

The heat of the play-off tie had been broken by Leinster’s starters by the time the 21-year-old was brought on for the last 10 minutes, but that did not stop the starlet fly-half from flexing his ability.

The ball was played to Prendergast who was in the pocket in his own half looking to kick up field for territory, but an Ulster defender rushed up. Instead of forcing a kick the fly-half chopped inside, running at the defensive line. He then calmly dinked the ball over the oncoming defenders and chased.

It was just out of Prendergast’s reach and with the cover defender rapidly approaching he had to make a decision. The Leinsterman calmly stuck his foot out and perfectly toed the ball to his teammate in support.

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Needs more game time

Prendergast’s moment may have been a small intervention, but it is this kind of skill and game awareness that has led to the likes of Bernard Jackman calling for Leinster to either get rid of one of their fly-halves or loan the young star out to another province.

For Leinster, they shift their attention to a fascinating clash against the Bulls in Pretoria as they seek their first bit of silverware since the final season of the PRO14 in 2021.

Full strength

What makes the semi-final interesting is that Leinster have never sent their full squad to South Africa as their tour has always been scheduled around the time of the Champions Cup play-offs when coaches have opted to protect their front-line stars.

There is no chance of that this time around as Leinster lost yet another Champions Cup final and only have the URC left as a source of silverware.

There is another element to the clash as it is well publicised that Leinster make up the majority of the Ireland national side who will be facing the Springboks at the same venue, Loftus Versfeld, in July, making the semi-finals a sneaky dress rehearsal.

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