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Preview: Unbeaten Leinster and Edinburgh collide in Dublin blockbuster

Avatar Bradley West 10 Oct 2019

Leinster and Edinburgh Rugby take their unbeaten records to Dublin on Friday evening as the defending champions face their toughest test yet against the impressive Scottish outfit.

The hosts, two wins from two in the competition, are on the verge of entering near-unprecedented territory having only begun a Guinness PRO14 season with three successive wins once since 2003/04, that coming in 2017 when they went on to take the title.

The signs, then, could be that another triumphant season is in the offing, however Edinburgh could prove tricky customers given the Leinstermen’s recent record against Scottish opponents in the Championship – they have won only two of their last six contests.

Edinburgh have also notched up two victories so far this campaign, one a hammering over Zebre and the other a gritty affair against Cardiff Blues, as Richard Cockerill’s side have turned heads with their showings.

Can they keep it up against the champions? Edinburgh have only won once against an Irish province in any competition for the last twelve months but will feel that they are now in the best position they have been during that time to put an end to the statistic.

Kick-off: RDS Arena, Dublin | 19:35 UK, Friday 11 October

How to watch: Live on eir Sport 1, Premier Sports 1, DAZN, SuperSport 6

Players to watch out for:  Ronan Kelleher (Leinster), Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh)

It is hard to look past hooker Ronan Kelleher after his imperious hat-trick last weekend against Ospreys.

Kelleher became just the fourth hooker to score a Guinness PRO14 hat-trick on a night in which he scored his first, second and third tries in senior rugby.

They say start as you mean to go on and Kelleher now has a lot to live up to after a dream performance which set tongues wagging.

Edinburgh wing Duhan van der Merwe has simply been unstoppable this season, racking up the highest number of defenders beaten with 16 in the entire Guinness PRO14 so far.

Van der Merwe has been at the centre of all that has been good – and there has been a lot of it this season – about Edinburgh, with his speed and creativity on the ball setting up numerous tries.

If they are to pull off a huge win against Leinster then he will need to maintain that form.

Key stat: Leinster’s only defeat at the RDS Arena since April 2018 was to Glasgow Warriors in April 2019.

Leinster: Hugo Keenan, Dave Kearney, Rory O’Loughlin, Joe Tomane, James Lowe, Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park, Peter Dooley, Rónan Kelleher, Michael Bent, Devin Toner, Scott Fardy, Max Deegan, Scott Penny, Caelan Doris

Replacements: James Tracy, Michael Milne, Vakh Abdaladze, Ross Molony, Josh Murphy, Rowan Osborne, Harry Byrne, Jimmy O’Brien

Edinburgh: Damien Hoyland, Jamie Farndale, Mark Bennett, George Taylor, Duhan van der Merwe, Jaco van der Walt, Nic Groom, Pierre Schoeman, Mike Willemse, Pietro Ceccarelli, Jamie Hodgson, Murray Douglas, Mesulame Kunavula, Luke Crosbie, Nick Haining

Replacements: Cameron Fenton, Jamie Bhatti, Murray McCallum, Sam Thomson, Ally Miller, Charlie Shiel, Simon Hickey, James Johnstone


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

Historical Lineup Pre Opta (sfms data) - Preview - v2

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Report: Second-half try rush seals Leinster win

Avatar Andy Baber 11 Oct 2019

Leinster prevailed in the battle of the two unbeaten sides at the RDS Arena as a rush of tries either side of the break saw the Guinness PRO14 defending champions defeat Edinburgh.

Jamison Gibson-Park, Michael Bent, Caelan Doris, Scott Penny, Michael Milne and Rowan Osborne all crossed for the hosts to secure the bonus-point victory – their third in as many games.

Edinburgh had taken a 7-5 lead as Leinster were reduced to 13-men on the cusp of half-time, only for the Irish province to run riot after the break in Dublin to maintain their perfect start.

Key moments

Leinster thought they had the opening try with just seven minutes gone, only for Penny to see his score chalked off due to an obstruction in the build-up after a TMO review.

The video review played in the hosts’ favour on their next foray into the Edinburgh 22, though, with Gibson-Park dotting down after the ball bounced forward off James Lowe’s head.

Edinburgh responded strongly to going behind and after a penalty provided the Scottish side with territory, Dave Kearney did well to prevent a crossfield kick from finding a man in white.

The visitors continued to pile on the pressure in front of a raucous home crowd and after repeated scrum infringements, Bent was sent to the sin-bin as Leinster were reduced to 14-men.

Richard Cockerill’s side took advantage of their extra player soon after, with Jamie Farndale diving over the whitewash just after the half-hour mark following a clever switch pass from Nic Groom.

And the picture looked even better for Edinburgh when Joe Tomane was also shown yellow for a late challenge on the try-scorer as Jaco van der Walt added the extras from the tee.

But despite being reduced to 13 men, Leinster roared back and regained the ball before winning a penalty, allowing the hosts to finish the half camped on the Edinburgh five metre line.

The defending champions continued to hammer away at the Edinburgh defence and eventually found a way through as Bent powered over, with Ross Byrne adding the extras.

With the momentum on their side, Leinster continued where they left off after the restart and extended their lead when Doris crossed the whitewash and Byrne converted.

Leinster now had the game by the scruff of the neck and their bonus-point try followed soon, with Penny the man to touch down with less than ten minutes of the second half played.

Further tries from Milne and Osborne, the latter after a brilliant offload from Lowe, increased Leinster’s lead before Charlie Shiel added a consolation for Edinburgh.

Man of the match

Gibson-Park kept a calm head when Leinster were under the cosh and played a key role in their sensational second-half showcase.

He also demonstrated his never-say-die spirit to chase down the ball and dot down for the opening try.

Play of the day

With their backs against the wall, Leinster proved why they are the defending Guinness PRO14 champions when they were reduced to 13 men after Edinburgh’s opening try.

Having wrestled the ball back from the visitors, they heaped pressure on Edinburgh and smashed away at their tryline until Bent scored the decisive try just before half-time.


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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