Keith Wood: Over-reliance on Johnny Sexton is an "Achilles heel" for Leinster and Ireland

Keith and Gerry Thornley discuss interpros and ways of improving the Pro 12 with Off The Ball

BY Raf Diallo 20:45 Wednesday 6 April 2016, 20:45 6 Apr 2016

Leinster's Johnny Sexton ©INPHO/James Crombie

Keith Wood feels Leinster and Ireland's over-reliance on Jonathan Sexton is an "Achilles heel".

The former Ireland captain and The Irish Times' Gerry Thornley were on Off The Ball to reflect on a weekend of interpro derbies.

Touching on the topic of variety in attack in rugby, Keith spoke of the impact of opposition teams targeting Sexton.

"I think the reliance on Johnny Sexton, for me, is an Achilles heel in Leinster's rugby and Ireland's rugby because we know he's going to be targeted. He wasn't particularly targeted at the weekend but we know he is and we're pretty much saying 'well yeah, we will run every single thing through this guy' and if anything happens we're in trouble," he said.

Keith and Gerry also talked about ways to improve the Guinness Pro 12 to rejuvenate the competition, as well as looking ahead to Connacht's Challenge Cup clash against Bernard Jackman's Grenoble this weekend.


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