Munster vs Toulouse
This rematch of the 2008 final sees Munster play their 15th quarter-final and Toulouse their 14th. Given how many games both teams have played in the competition, it may be a surprise that it will be a first trip to Thomond Park for the visitors.
Munster have a very strong record at home. They’ve won 58/61 home games in the Heineken Cup by an average score of 29-13 and 58 of their last 70 league home matches by 24-13. Against French sides, it is a record of 22/22 wins by an average score of 29-15. What will frustrate Toulouse is that this trip was avoidable. A try bonus point win over Zebre in round 6 would have provided a home tie at this stage (and 2nd seed), but instead their scrappy 6-16 victory saw them ranked 5th.
Toulouse have won 36/63 away games in the competition by an average score of 20-22 and 4/9 away knockout matches by 20-19. In the Top 14, they have won just 1/11 away matches this season, by 25-16. Despite poor form on the road, Toulouse do have a draw at Stade Francais and away win at Saracens this season to build on. A strong 1st half at Castres (led by 12 points at HT) and 2nd half vs Stade (won 2nd half by 19 points) in recent games are also big improvement on the earlier performances. There does seem to have been a change in how they approach their away league matches and certainly more attacking ambition shown. That has coincided with injured and International players returning to the team.
The visitors showed their power when they beat Saracens in round 5 and an ability to slowly suffocate a team out of a contest. After that match the Saracens coach talked about being sucked into a game they didn’t want to play. Toulouse did benefit from having a referee that penalises the ball carrier a lot that match too, something that isn’t as likely to occur with Nigel Owens as the official.
Munster have won 3 of the previous 5 Heineken Cup games with Owens in charge – beating Sale, Northampton twice and losing semi-finals to Leinster and Clermont. He also refereed their home win in the Pro 12 against the Scarlets this season. Toulouse have won 4/6 Heineken Cup games with Owens as referee – beating Quins,Leinster, Leicester and Saracens and losing to Edinburgh (QF 2012) and Tigers away.
In the pool stages, only 1/6 home teams won with Owens as referee and he gave out 7 cards. Over a longer period he has handed out 27 cards in 39 matches and the home side has won 4/6 knockout matches.
He gives an average of 16 penalties a game which is low compared to other referees (average in Pro 12 / Heineken Cup is approx 21 a game and Prem / Top 14 – 25) and you tend to see plenty of competition at the breakdown (teams less concerned about being pinged) and more open games with him in the middle. He did whistle for 4 hands in ruck penalties when he officiated Toulouse in round 2 and the visitors would need to be wary of that again this weekend.
It isn’t always easy to say how much of an influence the assistant referees will have – but JP Doyle is pretty strict on high tackles, tackling in the air and foul play in general. He was in charge of Munster’s loss at Edinburgh in round 1 and their away win at Perpignan this season so will be familiar with them. Neil Hennessy is usually strict on the ball carrier not releasing after being tackled and offsides. Would have both down as more likely to suggest a yellow card than not if asked by the referee.
The hosts were soundly beaten 51-24 by Glasgow before last year’s quarter-final win at Harlequins, so there shouldn’t be too much concern about the Leinster loss last weekend. A bit of criticism in the papers may in fact be a useful motivational tool, as it was at this stage last year.
There is often talk of the conflict between the new style Penney has tried to bring in and Munster’s traditional approach and in some ways there is similar clash between the offloading, high tempo play Toulouse are capable of and the slower, power game they have favoured instead in recent seasons. In a cup match when fewer risks are taken, that may be less of an issue unless either side really needs to chase.
The hosts have proved adept at squeezing teams out of the contest at home and in their last 8 Heineken Cup home matches have conceded just 20 points combined in the 2nd half. Going back to 2008/9 they’ve only been outscored after the break in 2/21 games.
Toulouse have looked livelier in their recent away matches, but that has been necessary given their league position. They have visited the Stade de France and Stade Velodrome in the last 2 away games but there will be a completely different atmosphere at this venue.
No Census Johnston is a big loss as even with the depth in their squad, there isn’t a way to replace his power. Kilcoyne will certainly be looking to unsettle Montes early. Beauxis has started at 10 for 8 league away defeats this season and this will be his 6th Heineken Cup start in 3 seasons. Those were all away matches – 2 wins at Connacht and defeats at Leicester, Gloucester and Edinburgh. Given he has 51 drop goals in 172 Top 14 games (3 in 26 in this competition), that may be worth a play at 2.2 (or better odds if just an away drop goal is available). Tekori has started at 7 in the recent trips to Castres and Racing Metro but with no Nyanga there is now a lot of pressure on Camara to handle O’Mahony at the breakdown. [edit - late change to team has seen McAlister named as 10 and Beauxis moved to bench].
Munster are 2.5 to win this game by a 1-12 point margin. Whilst they may not have been at their best this season, they have still been able to churn out results. They showed belief and an ability to score when it counted with that late Hanrahan try in Perpignan and moments like that could well be used as reference points for the younger squad members if things don’t go to plan during this game. Having written off Toulouse as a fading empire there is always the risk of eating humble pie but just don’t see them winning away in such a contest.
Munster: 15 Felix Jones, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 James Downey, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 James Coughlan 7 Tommy O’Donnell, 6 Peter O’Mahony (c), 5 Paul O’Connell, 4 Dave Foley, 3 BJ Botha, 2 Damien Varley, 1 Dave Kilcoyne.
Replacements: 16 Duncan Casey, 17 John Ryan, 18 Alan Cotter, 19 Donncha O’Callaghan, 20 CJ Stander, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 JJ Hanrahan, 23 Gerhard van den Heever.
Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Luke McAlister,, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Joe Tekori, 6 Yacouba Camara, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Yohan Montes, 2 Christopher Tolofua, 1 Gurthro Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Cyril Baille , 19 Romain Millo-Chluski, 20 Gillian Galan, 21 Jean-Marc Doussain, 22 Lionel Beauxis, 23 Clement Poitrenaud.
Clermont vs Leicester
Leicester once went 57 games unbeaten at home in the league (between 1998-2002), so will appreciate the effort that gone into Clermont’s current run of 74 games at Stade Marcel Michelin.
Les Jaunards have won their last 59 home matches in Top 14 by an average score of 34-13 and 29/34 games at home in the Heineken Cup by 33-16. They’ve also won the last 2 home games against Leicester by scores of 40-30 and 30-12.
Since winning away at Munster in the 2006/7 season, Leicester have won 8/24 Heineken Cup trips, with 6 of those victories coming against Italian opposition. Beating Montpellier this campaign broke a run of 7 consecutive losses in France.
The visitors have needed to cope with a large injury list this season but as with other years are starting to hit form at just the right time of the season. They scored 40 points against Newcastle and Exeter in the league in recent weeks and followed that up with an away win at rivals Northampton.
Earlier in the campaign the attack did look a bit blunt – take the 52 carries for 211m at home vs London Irish (who made 152 runs for 529m) as an example. That can be explained by the number of different midfield combinations they had to use which meant little continuity between games. Having Goneva and Tuilagi in the same backline now means there is not only a good chance of beating the first few tacklers but also the chance to suck in defenders and exploit space elsewhere. It won’t be a coincidence that the side looks better with Allen back either.
When things weren’t going well, Tigers still had the set-piece to fall back on and it is worth remembering they went away to Toulon last year and won penalties in the scrum. They did receive 2 yellow cards that match though and with 2 picked up at Northampton and 3 at Newcastle on their last 2 trips, they will have to be careful.
There have been a few changes this season that point to a new era for Leicester. Ed Slater was made captain in February and has put in some big shifts. Considering there are former skippers such as Deacon and Crane still playing regularly, it shows the regard that the management must have for Slater. His predecessor in that role, Toby Flood announced he was leaving for Toulouse, which has meant Owen Williams has been given a run of starts at 10, while back up Ryan Lamb fell out of favour after breaking his hand and moved to Worcester. Richard Cockerill has spoken in the build-up about his time at Clermont and the similarities between the two sides. Specifically, the idea that at both teams, a player either fully buys into the culture or he leaves. The contrasting treatment of Slater and Lamb may sum that up.
Clermont’s style is well established and based around power and pace. Looking at their pool games they carried for an average of 498m and kicked from hand just 18 times. (That kicking stat is actually inflated by the 2 games they played in wet conditions – they only kicked 10 times at home vs Quins and 14 vs Scarlets). When they are confident and have momentum there aren’t many sides that can live with them so big winning margins at home have become common. Over the last few seasons, they’ve probably been at their best when Rougerie and Vosloo have been able to offload to the powerful carriers.
The hosts have been guilty of being a bit one-dimensional though and if an opponent can remain within a score going into the final quarter of a game, they have often shown fragility. Bar a big win over Montpellier (despite having Parra sent off), they have looked a bit under par in the last 8 or so league matches. They are without Vosloo, Byrne and Sivivatu – 3 starters from the final last season and that means Buttin, Nakaitaci and Chouly get the nod. Nakaitaci has only featured for 220 minutes in the competition over the past 3 seasons while Chouly is a number 8 playing at 7. It is all relative with Clermont but those are areas that can be targeted. Fritz Lee has made an impact since signing but had 3 turnovers / 3 penalties conceded away at Quins and has picked up a couple of yellow cards in the league recently.
When the referee appointments were made, there was a negative reaction from some Leicester fans when they learnt Rolland would be the official .He did sin-bin 2 players (Chuter and Tuilagi) in the 30-12 defeat at this venue in the 2011/12 season and incidents like that or the long-range penalty try for a collapsed maul against Treviso in 2012/13 do stick in the mind of supporters.
His interpretation of the ruck may well suit the visitors though. Clermont scored 15 points in last year’s Heineken cup final with Rolland in charge and 16 points away at Harlequins this season when officiated by John Lacey (45% of his ruck penalties for tackler player not releasing so a similar ref to Rolland). Those games weren’t played at fortress Stade Marcel Michelin and Clermont do score less points away, but the likes of Salvi may find a bit of latitude when it comes to slowing down the hosts.
Leicester have 3 wins, 2 draws and a loss from their last 6 Heineken Cup matches refereed by Alain Rolland. The defeat was that 30-12 result at Clermont. Clermont have beaten Leicester and Saracens in Europe with him in charge but lost the Final last year against Toulon.
There is usually an accusation that Rolland favours the French side against the English team in these fixtures. In the last 16 English / French matches he has officiated in the Heineken Cup, the English teams have won 8 with 1 draw. Of greater relevance to this match should be the idea that he is very strict on the ball carrier not releasing.
After Saracens vs Toulon last year which was reffed by Rolland, beaten coach Mark McCall said – “it would be interesting to see how many penalties were given away by the attacking team..it seemed to be an extraordinary amount.”
Would expect an ‘average’ referee to give roughly 30% of their ruck penalties for tackler not rolling away and 30% for tackled player not releasing. As an example, in this year’s Heineken Cup – Wayne Barnes is 32% / 29% and Nigel Owens 24% / 24%. However, Alain Rolland penalises the tackler only 17% and the ball carrier 41%.
Looking at knockout matches with Rolland in charge, the Blues drew 26-26 with Leicester in 2008/9, USAP beat Toulon 29-25 in 2010/11 and Clermont won 3-22 at Saracens in 2011/12. The home side won 4/5 games in the pool stages this year and he handed out 3 cards. Over a longer run of European matches it is 30 cards in 33 contests.
Assistant referee George Clancy interprets the breakdown in a similar way to Rolland in that he is far harsher on ball carrier releasing than tackler rolling away. If he stays to form, David Wilkinson will be keeping an eye on players off feet at the ruck, offsides and collapsing in the scrum. Would have him down as a referee likely to suggest a yellow card if asked too.
Took the +14 for Tigers a few weeks ago but would still be interested in the handicap even though it has dropped to +11/+10 since the Northampton win. Players such as T Youngs, Slater and Salvi will get stuck into the big Clermont pack and whilst there is a school of thought that suggests they should look to match Clermont’s attacking style, think they could instead take heed of how Toulon won their knockout games with Rolland as referee last year. There is a good chance Clermont will become frustrated if the ball carrier is continually penalised and if Leicester can maintain discipline there will be opportunities to strike through Goneva and Tuilagi. Those old clichés of slowing down the tempo and trying to keep the crowd quiet are relevant here and if they can make it a battle of wills going into the final few minutes, there is chance of an upset.
Clermont: 15 Jean-Marcellin Buttin, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Aurelien Rougerie (c), 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Naipolioni Nalaga, 10 Brock James, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Damien Chouly, 6 Julien Bonnaire, 5 Nathan Hines, 4 Jamie Cudmore, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Thomas Domingo
Replacements: 16 Ti’i Paulo, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Clément Ric, 19 Julien Piere, 20 Alexandre Lapandry, 21 Thierry Lacrampe, 22 Mike Delany, 23 Benson Stanley.
Leicester: 15 Matthew Tait, 14 Blaine Scully, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 AnthonyAllen, 11 Niki Goneva, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Ed Slater (c), 4 Louis Deacon, 3 Logovi’i Mulipola, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Marcos Ayerza
Replacements: 16 Rob Hawkins, 17 Boris Stankovich, 18 Fraser Balmain, 19 Graham Kitchener, 20 Thomas Waldrom, 21 David Mele, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Scott Hamilton.
Ulster vs Saracens
A rematch of last year’s quarter-final sees Mark McCall return to Ulster. He was Ulster club captain for their 1998/9 Heineken Cup winning season (but missed the final through injury) and later coached the side for 3 years. He returns to a rebuilt Ravenhill, looking to knock out his old team for a successive year.
Saracens do things differently and the trips to New York, Miami, Hamburg etc are part of a wider culture based on the players working for each other and personal development, instead of the usual win orientated system.That culture has proved successful and they are on course for a successive Premiership 1st place, having won 16/18 games so far and have reached the Heineken Cup QF stage for a third year in a row.
For the hosts it may be a case of ‘now or never’. They’ve lost a Pro 12 semi-final and final to Leinster in 2011 and 2013, away quarter finals in this competition to Saints and Saracens in 2011 and 2013 and the final – again against Leinster, in 2012. Players such as Afoa and Court are leaving and captain Muller retiring so it is a last chance for this particular group to win the trophy. Having secured their first home quarter-final since 1998/9 and with a home semi-final the reward if they win, they have put themselves in a good position.
Ulster have won 40/57 home games in the Heineken Cup by an average score of 23-16 and 17 of the last 18 by an average score of 25-11. They have also won 13 of their last 16 games in the league by an average score of 22-13 and 8/9 at home by 27-13.
Sarries have won 4/5 previous matches with Ulster, with the most recent being the QF last year at Twickenham. They had approx. 33% possession and territory that game, kicked from hand 36 times and had to make 150 tackles. They still back their defence but this season has seen an improvement in their attack and they have scored 507 points in 18 league games, compared to 418 at this stage last year.
Ulster have won their 3 previous Heineken Cup games with referee Garces in charge and all 3 were against English opposition. Saracens have also won their 3 most recent matches with him officiating. Garces has given 5 cards in the 5 pool games this season and 25 in 28 matches overall.
When Saracens beat Ulster 27-16 at this stage last year, there were 62 kicks combined from hand. With Ulster averaging 29 kicks a game this season it may well be the case their meeting this week also sees a high number of balls booted. The choice of referee could play a part in that too. Garces awards the majority of his ruck penalties for the ball carrier not releasing but in contrast to a ref like Rolland, he also pings the tackler frequently for not rolling away. On paper that doesn’t favour a flowing game and a team may deem that avoiding the contact area is preferable.
Assistant Marchat is strict on collapsing and standing up in the scrum, side entry at mauls, offside and obstruction. Raynal’s main targets are the scrum (collapsing, whipping, prop boring in and early engagement and maul.
The hosts won all 6 of their pool games but will also be aware that the last 2 sides to achieve that feat – Harlequins and Munster, went on to lose their home quarter-finals. Ulster were the team that knocked Munster out in 2012 with a huge defensive effort (187 tackles). Ferris played a key role in that win and his return from injury this season along with the Best, Bowe, Marshall, Tuohy and Pienaar means the hosts go into this contest at almost full strength.
Surprisingly, a top seed has only won the tournament once (and that was Toulouse in the first one) but been knocked out at home at the QF stage 7 times. The 2nd seed has 7 cup wins and 2 home QF exits and 3rd seed 6 cup wins and 3 losing QFs. It may be the pressure of being top seed has an effect or perhaps a team that ends up with most points / tries after the pool stages has had an easier route to the knock out stages.
It will be interesting to see how last year’s game influences this one. Ulster put on a tactical kicking master class at Montpellier in round 2, in a result that went slightly under the radar due to Cardiff Blues beating Toulon the same day. The hosts also found joy with their strong kick-chase against Leicester in the 2 meetings. They may feel they carried too much in last season’s contest against Saracens for little reward and will be aware they cannot make a similar start.
Saracens have only conceded 74 points this campaign and Ulster 62 so it could take something special to break either aggressive defence. Vunipola and Williams are capable of smashing through and offloading but think it may come down to a kicking duel and would have to go with the returning Pienaar at home, just.
Ulster 1-12 at 2.38.
Ulster: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Tommy Bowe, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Roger Wilson, 5 Dan Tuohy, 4 Johann Muller (c), 3 John Afoa, 2 Rory Best, 1 Tom Court.
Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Andrew Warwick, 18 Ricky Lutton, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Stephen Ferris, 21 Robbie Diack, 22 Paul Marshall, 23 Craig Gilroy.
Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Duncan Taylor, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 David Strettle, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Jacques Burger, 6 Billy Vunipola, 5 Mouritz Botha, 4 Steve Borthwick (c), 3 James Johnston, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Matt Stevens, 19 Eoin Sheriff, 20 Kelly Brown, 21 Neil de Kock, 22 Charlie Hodgson, 23 Chris Wyles.
Toulon vs Leinster
Only Leicester and Leinster have won back to back Heineken Cups and if Toulon are to join that list they will need to beat a side pushing for their 5th European trophy in 6 years. After winning the 2012 final, Brian O’Driscoll stated “After we won the first (2009) we talked about not being content with that… We’re now trying to create some kind of dynasty and something to be remembered.” Toulon will be driven by a similar incentive. The retirements of Wilkinson and O’Driscoll will also bring plenty of hype and emotion that will need to be managed.
The Stade Felix-Mayol has proved an intimidating venue for opposition teams and Toulon have won 45 of the last 50 league games there, by an average score of 32-13. They have also won all 10 home Heineken Cup matches by an average score of 38-17. Scores of 62-10 against Brive, 43-10 against Montpellier and 64-10 over Oyonnax show what the side are capable of when they are on a roll. On the other hand, they conceded 20 or more points in each of their 3 home pool games and in 3 of the last 5 league matches. One of those games was a 21-22 defeat by Grenoble and would think coach Bernard Jackman has passed on a few bits of advice to his former side.
Last season Toulon won their Heineken quarter-final by 21-15 and semi-final 12-24 – with all the points coming from Wilkinson’s boot. Looking at their previous knockout games, that has been a feature. They scored 1 try through the QF,SF and F of the 2011/12 Top 14 season with the other 39 points being penalties from Wilkinson or Giteau. In the same season, they beat Toulouse 32-29 in an Amlin Cup semi with 1 try and 27 points from Wilkinson and lost the final to Brive by 21-18 (5 Wilkinson penalties and a drop goal). That approach to big games is perhaps similar to their away mentality in this competition – they’ve won 5 of the last 7 on the road by an average score of 13-16.
Leinster have 13 wins and 2 draws from their last 21 away matches in the Heineken Cup, with an average score of 15-22. They have outscored teams 2nd half on 9 of their last 10 trips. Since losing at Wasps in round 5 of the 2008/9 season, their away losses have all been in France – Toulouse SF 2009/10, Clermont rd 3 2010/11 and Clermont round 3 2012/13. In the past they too have been capable of playing a tighter game if required away.
After the 6Nations there is often a tricky period , where returning players have to fit back into club rugby, remembering calls etc. Northampton and Stade Francais would be 2 examples of that at the moment. It may be different for these teams though – Toulon had just 3 players in action which has meant very little disruption. Leinster had 17 players involved with Ireland so most of the group have been together over the last few months and will be boosted by that tournament win.
Both sides have a great amount of experience with 1120 International caps combined in the starting line ups (Toulon 551 and 804 including bench, Leinster 569 and 706 including bench). Toulon backed their scrum and disciplined defence last year when it came to the knockout stages last year and in Wilkinson have a player able to put them in the right places. Michalak may have sparked the attack last week but he isn’t in the squad for this match. The hosts are without Sheridan, Botha, Williams, Masoe and van Niekerk. Like with the Clermont absentees, there are still good players stepping into their place but Bruni and Mikautadze won’t being the same aura as Botha and Masoe for opponents or reassurance for team mates.
Before the teams were announced, the thought was that Leinster may aim to move around that big Toulon pack so Gopperth for Madigan might be a slight surprise. The former Newcastle fly-half started the 4 games against Castres and Ospreys in the pool stages but his last league start was February against the Cardiff Blues (he played 8 minutes off the bench at the end of the 27-0 win over Zebre 2 week ago). Leinster have scored an average of 34 points in the 5 games he has started with Reddan this season though. His game management and 2 tries against Castres may have sealed his starting place for this game (the 7 missed tackles perhaps a concern that game) and there is the option of bringing on Madigan against a tiring defence.
Referee Barnes was in charge of 2 Toulon away losses in 2010/11 and their home win over Montpellier in 2012/3. Since the 2009/10 season, Leinster have beaten Scarlets, Clermont and the Ospreys and lost to Clermont twice with him as referee.
The home team won 2/4 pool games with Barnes as referee this campaign and 3 cards were given. He has handed out 26 in 33 games going back to 2008/9 season. That is down from his usual average of 2 a game in the Premiership and it is noticeable he gives less maul penalties in the Heineken Cup than he does in the Prem but more at the scrum. The offence of standing up is something he has been specifically strict on this campaign and he tends to give his scrum penalties in the last 30 minutes and in a team’s 22. He was in charge of Leinster when they won a few scrums against the head against Ospreys in round 1
Assistant Greg Garner gave 12 cards in 6 pool stage games and has been strict on high tackles and offside this season. He was in charge of Toulon’s home games against Glasgow and Cardiff Blues this year and gave 3 penalty tries against the visitors in the latter match, so may have a preconception that Toulon have the dominant scrum. Leinster lost 3/7 scrums on own ball when he took charge of their game in round 2, but then again Castres lost 5/13 themselves. The Irish side were only penalised 4 times that game. Luke Pearce gave a high number of ruck penalties in the Heineken Cup this year and seems to be hot on offside and taking the man in the air at the lineout.
Matt O’Connor prepared Leicester for an away trip to Toulon at this stage last season and saw his side lose a close one. The visitors conceded a total of 12 points during the 2 periods they had a player in the sin bin and the losing margin was 6 points. Leinster have showed confidence, discipline and an ability to chase down a deficit without panicking in away games over the past few seasons. Am happy with the +5 on handicap and the 2.88 for an away win.
Toulon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 David Smith, 10 Jonny Wilkinson, 9 Sebastian Tillous-Borde, 8 Steffon Armitage, 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, 6 Juan Smith, 5 Jocelino Suta, 4 Danie Roussouw, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Xavier Choicci
Replacements: 16 Jean-Charles Orioli, 17 Florian Fresia, 18 Martin Castrogiovanni, 19 Virgile Bruni, 20 Bryan Habana, 21 Maxime Mermoz, 22 Michael Claassens, 23 Konstantine Mikautadze
Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Brian O’Driscoll, 12 Gordon D’Arcy, 11 Dave Kearney, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Jamie Heaslip (c), 7 Shane Jennings, 6 Rhys Ruddock, 5 Mike McCarthy, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Martin Moore, 19 Leo Cullen, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Isaac Boss, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Zane Kirchner