Rugby Heineken Cup



Time for champions to show their class


Shane Jennings sheds blood for Leinster

Shane Jennings sheds blood for Leinster



By Damian Dolan


Champions Leinster have it all to do at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday if they are to keep alive their hopes of making it three Heineken Cup titles in a row, following defeat to Clermont Auvergne.

After Leinster’s 15-12 loss at the Stade Marcel Michelin last Sunday, anything less than a bonus point win in Dublin will leave the French side as firm favourites to top Pool 5, and resign Joe Schimdt’s side battling for an away quarter-final date at best.

Defeat on Saturday, meanwhile, is unthinkable and would leave Leinster looking at results elsewhere in order to sneak through to the last eight on just four wins. Their fate would be out of their own hands.


For more see this week’s (Dec 15) edition of the Irish World.


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