The heavy pitch and Pontypridd's dedication to an old school approach ground down the Irish in the last play of the game.
A faster track and a fleet-footed Leinster three-quarter line should be able to take advantage of a solid platform where the front-five will be sorely tested.
More than that, the return of Leinster's Grade-A performers to Heineken Cup action puts downward pressure on the roster, meaning players like Dave Kearney, on his way back from injury, will line out.
Leinster were beaten by Munster in the semi-final last season. They will want to repair the damage done by that. The goal is to win this competition.
Verdict: Leinster A
Leinster A v Pontypridd
TOMORROW, Donnybrook 2.0