Leinster have nothing to prove against anybody - Felipe Contepomi

Johnny Sexton missed the quarter-final against Glasgow due to ankle injury
Johnny Sexton missed the quarter-final against Glasgow due to ankle injury
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Leinster assistant coach Felipe Contepomi insisted that the Irish province have nothing left to prove ahead of the United Rugby Championship semi-final against Bulls to be played on Saturday.

Leo Cullen's side stormed into the semi-finals following a dominating win of 76-14 over Glasgow Warriors in the quarter-finals and now will be facing the South African club next weekend.

With comparisons rising on the similarity between Bulls and La Rochelle, who defeated Leinster to claim the Heineken Champions Cup last month, Contepomi said they are unfazed by the comparisons and expressed confidence on his side's skillset.

“If you ask me Toulouse are more similar to La Rochelle than the Bulls would be and we beat Toulouse. If you ask me, Leicester are a very power-based team and we beat Leicester.

"So I wouldn’t say we have to prove ourselves against anybody.

“We need to make sure that we keep improving ourselves and if you see Leinster this year compared to last year I think we’ve made improvements.

"We are a better team than we were last year and for me that’s what you’re looking for in a team; always keep evolving and getting better."

While Johnny Sexton and James Lowe missed the quarter-final with ankle and shin injury, Tadhg Furlong also had a back problem during the game against Glasgow but Contepomi is hopeful about their availability against a physical Bulls side.

“Hopefully the three will be available, but we can’t say today for certain. We’ll give them as much time as we can,” said Contepomi.