A Leinster legend only has eyes for Dupont: ‘I’ve never seen an engine like his’

A Leinster legend only has eyes for Dupont: ‘I’ve never seen an engine like his’
A Leinster legend only has eyes for Dupont: ‘I’ve never seen an engine like his’

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Anthony Tallieu

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May 29, 2024 at 4:52 p.m.

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Like the very elegant player he was, Brian O’Driscoll has lost none of its fair play. On Saturday, the former Irish three-quarter center was logically fully behind his long-time club, the Leinsterwhen Champions Cup final facing Toulouse stadium. And his disappointment was great to see the province of Dublin fail at this stage for the third time in a row.

In the media Off the Ballhe delivered his analysis of this epic finale, marked according to him by the powerful performance by Antoine Dupont. In a long tirade, BOD delivered a true declaration of love to the captain of the XV of France.

“Cros and Willis were huge, Kinghorn played very well, but Dupont was on a different level to any other player on the field on Saturday. The strangest thing is that he did not distinguish himself on what one might have expected him to do: crossings, magnificent passes… but on all the work behind the scenes. I’ve never seen an engine like his. »

The best player of the professional era?

Even if he did not cross the field, Dupont stood out with his ability to reign in the ground game but also with the precision of his kicking game. A performance which gave way to euphoria on the networks and launched the debate on Dupont’s place among the best players in the history of rugby. For O’Driscoll, who would certainly rank high in this pantheon, Dupont is not that far from the top.

“He’s so brilliant to watch!” Even though I wasn’t neutral on this match, I have to say that his performance was breathtaking. I’m not the type to say that you absolutely have to win the World Cup to be seen as the best in the world or in the professional era. In any case, he is on a trajectory that brings him very close to it. »

It is not the supporters of Stade Toulouse who will contradict him.

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