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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Pool 1

All time
# Champions Cup
Sexton on song as Leinster hit their straps to blitz Bath at the Aviva
Leo Cullen’s side produced a much-improved performance to run in six tries at the Aviva Stadium.
# On The Road
Larmour's intercept try crucial as Leinster squeeze out away win in Bath
Leo Cullen’s side weren’t at their best in tricky conditions but found a way to win.
AS IT HAPPENED
Bath v Leinster, Heineken Champions Cup
The champions travelled to the Rec for a crunch European tie.
# Analysis
Toulouse's stunning winning try against Leinster started with clever homework
Louis-Benoît Madaule turned a Leinster trait against them.
# classic
Leinster brought back down to earth with narrow defeat to thrilling Toulouse
Leo Cullen’s side led only once at Stade Ernest Wallon and came up short on a 28-27 scoreline.
# Champions Cup
Must-win match with Wasps a chance for Ulster to prove a point to themselves
‘Make sure this is not another false dawn,’ was the forceful message from Rory Best after a sensational win over La Rochelle.
# consistency is key
'We've to make sure this is not another false dawn': Best urges Ulster to back up big performance
The Ireland captain had to wait a long time to taste victory for Ulster, and he’s intent on repeating the feat on Sunday.
# attitude
'Vicious, belligerent' Ulster delivered at the vital moments
Ulster refused to be defined by their shaky form in recent weeks and endeavoured to win every inch possible.
# suftum
Brilliant Best leads ferocious Ulster to victory over La Rochelle
Pool 1 is now topped by Ulster after a three-try win over the powerhouse French outift.
# season-saver for the ulstermen
Lavishly-talented La Rochelle the tallest of orders for Ulster
Ulster must plough every last drop of effort and will to take over top spot in their Champions Cup pool.
# Familiar Foes
Bristling Warriors will be ready to move on Munster
Gregor Townsend desperately wants to put his side in the knock-out stages before departing for the international stage.
# SUAF
Erasmus' Munster can call on Thomond fervour as they welcome Leicester
The southern province are on a run of six consecutive wins since Anthony Foley passed away.
# demolition job
Glasgow make big statement in Munster's pool with bonus-point win against Leicester
Gregor Townsend’s side got their Champions Cup campaign off to the perfect start.
# red eye
Wallabies star to make European debut for Leicester in Glasgow clash
Munster will be keeping a close eye on this one.
# holding back
Stuart McCloskey 'rested' for Ulster's crucial Champions Cup clash with Oyonnax
The northern province are chasing a bonus point to give them the best chance of making the Champions Cup quarter-finals.
# Contenders
Hat-trick for Chris Ashton as Saracens continue to set pace in Ulster's group
Mark McCall’s side secured another bonus point against Oyonnax.
# Flawless
Saracens continue to smash their way through Pool 1 with a bonus point in Oyonnax
Europe’s nearly men are in incredible form this season.
# Hammering
Munster run nine tries past Sale in rampant second-half display
Anthony Foley’s side are out of Europe, but they finished on a high in Thomond Park.
# prop life
Martin Moore looking forward to ‘great opportunity’ with Ireland
The Leinster tighthead prop has been increasingly impressive for his province this season.
# Comeback
Strauss' return is 'brilliant for him and fantastic for us' - O'Connor
The Leinster head coach was delighted by his hooker’s return and the impact of Cian Healy.
AS IT HAPPENED
Leinster v Ospreys, Heineken Cup
We were live from the RDS as Matt O’Connor’s men looked to wrap up Pool 1 with a win against the Welsh region.
# Injury Update
Ruddock back in the mix as Leinster announce clean bill of health
Cian Healy came through his return from an ankle injury against Castres with ‘no ill effects’.
# zoom
George North scorches in 80-metre try as Saints hunt Leinster
The Welsh winger was in unstoppable form at the Liberty Stadium.
# 3kb
3 key battles for Leinster to dominate against Castres
There will be intriguing head-to-heads in the second row, midfield and at out-half tomorrow afternoon.
# Pool 1
In-form blindside Ruddock ready for battle with 'different team' in Castres
The blindside is enjoying his best season so far and wants to keep the ball rolling this Sunday.
# Analysis
Analysis: Leinster’s inaccuracy a stark contrast to Franklin’s Gardens
Matt O’Connor’s men will be frustrated with their attacking precision and breakdown work.
# turnaround
Madigan: 'They showed a week is a long time in rugby'
The out-half insists Leinster are ‘still in control of the group’ despite last night’s loss to Northampton.
# home defeat
O'Connor: 'We were inaccurate off the back of their commitment'
The Leinster coach admitted that his team were second best to the Saints in Dublin this evening.
AS IT HAPPENED
Leinster v Northampton, Heineken Cup
We went minute-by-minute in Dublin as Matt O’Connor’s men looked for their fourth consecutive Pool 1 victory.
# Preview
Leinster must prove that last weekend was no one-off
Northampton are in Dublin in search of retribution, but Matt O’Connor’s side have the goods to deliver.
# the difference
Three keys battles for Leinster to win against Northampton
Attacking fullbacks, physical blindsides and contrasting No. 8s; here are the vital match-ups.
# key player
O'Connor: Rob Kearney is a big driver of our environment
The Leinster coach doesn’t think for a second that Northampton will throw in the towel tomorrow in Dublin.
# return leg
Mike Ross: 'Revenge is a nebulous concept'
Leinster’s tight-head prop feels his team must expect an improved challenge from Northampton this weekend.
# Maturity
Kearney takes confidence from Ireland caps ahead of Heineken Cup
The Leinster winger is excited about the chance to play against Northampton in Saturday’s Pool 1 clash.
# Fronting Up
'We've got a huge respect for them' - Leinster ready for Northampton
Leinster scrum coach Greg Feek admits that the battle up front in Saturday’s Heineken Cup tie will be demanding.
# Wisdom
Cullen backing Leinster to break Lawes against Saints
Leinster’s captain says the memory of last season’s December failure will drive his province this month.
# Heineken Cup
Another win, and O'Connor promises further improvement from Leinster
When the smoke clears after two rounds of the Heineken Cup, the Australian should be happy with his lot.
# Pool 1
We're not underestimating them one bit - Matt O'Connor on Castres
The Leinster coach is ready for a titanic tussle with the Top 14 champions at the RDS this afternoon.
# Face off
Here are 3 of the key head-to-heads for Leinster v Castres
Physical scrum-halves, intelligent back rows and counter-attacking fullbacks will be on view at the RDS.
# Allez!
Castres at full-strength for Leinster visit
The French champions have named their strongest available team for tomorrow’s clash at the RDS.