RECAP: Leinster v Cheetahs
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our coverage of the Pro14 Round 11 encounter between Leinster and the Cheetahs in Dublin.
Leinster’s imperious form this term has them in the hunt for an historic unblemished campaign and they have won every game they have played this season. That class has taken them comfortably to the top of the Conference A table with a Nadia Comăneci style 10 from 10.
A daunting task for Cheetahs is made all the more challenging when their history in Ireland is considered and they are yet to avoid defeat in seven Championship visits to the province.
They lost 7-19 in their last outing at RDS Arena but, sit third in the table and will hope to provide a serious test for their hosts boosted by their pair of derby wins.
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Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Jimmy O’Brien, 12 Joe Tomane, 11 Dave Kearney, 10 Ciarán Frawley, 9 Luke McGrath, 8 Max Deegan, 7 Will Connors, 6 Rhys Ruddock, 5 Scott Fardy (captain), 4 Ross Molony, 3 Michael Bent, 2 Rónan Kelleher, 1 Peter Dooley.
Replacements: 16 Seán Cronin, 17 Michael Milne, 18 Roman Salanoa, 19 Ryan Baird, 20 Scott Penny, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Harry Byrne, 23 Cian Kelleher.
Cheetahs: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Clayton Blommetjies, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 11 Rabz Maxwane, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Ruan Pienaar (captain), 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Junior Pokomela, 6 Chris Massyn, 5 JP du Preez, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Boan Venter, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Aidon Davis, 20 Gerhard Olivier, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Louis Fouche, 23 Chris Smit.
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant referees: Stuart Gaffkin (Ireland), Gwyn Morris (Wales)
TMO: Ian Davies (Wales)