Despite only three appearances for his new team, lock Jason Jenkins has already made his mark at Leinster, assisting the side to the top of the log after three rounds in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship.
The 2.03m, 124kg forward has settled well into his new surroundings since joining from Munster, making a telling impact in the URC wins over Zebre, Benetton and Ulster.
Apart from his obvious physical presence in the lineout, Jenkins has been happy to move around the pitch and be involved in Leinster’s attacking play, too.
Assistant coach Robin McBryde explains that the power he brings to the scrum has also been notable.
“He’s been great,” said McBryde.
“Everybody is happy when Jason is behind them. Then, from a maul point of view as well, he’s all over his detail in fairness to him. [It’s] a big ask to come and learn a different language, learn a different way of doing things, but he has taken it in his stride and I expect him to grow even further. [We are] really happy with the way Jason is going.”
Injury issues limited Jenkins to just 10 appearances for Munster in his sole season at Thomond Park, but McBryde says Leinster had no concerns about his durability before bringing him across the country.
“He was unlucky with injuries joining us in Leinster. I know the medical team has worked hard with him with regard to a finger injury he had when he arrived. It was very hard for him to hit the ground running right from the word go without having had those minutes under his belt. But, now that he has a clean bill of health, he is playing really well.”
Following Friday’s win over Ulster, Leinster are now preparing for a Saturday evening clash with the Sharks, who travel to Dublin without the bulk of their South Africa internationals.