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D-day arrives for Blues as they face must-win Heineken clash

IT'S do-or-die day for BOD and the Leinster boys.

Brian O'Driscoll might be sitting on the bench for kick-off, but you can expect Dublin 4 to shake when he eventually makes his long-awaited comeback at some stage in the game.

The final few tickets for the RDS match with the Scarlets were snapped up yesterday for what is a must-win for the boys in blue.

And nobody knows that retention of the Heineken Cup depends on the result more than coach Joe Schmidt.

He told the Herald: "Inevitably, there is a lot of hype. There hasn't been as much hype about the particular situation we are in, in my time, because we haven't been here before."

Leinster need an impressive win to keep dreams of reaching the knock-out stages of the tournament alive,

But Schmidt has warned that the 18,500 fans shouldn't expect a raft of tries.

"It is not a comfortable position to be in. I would much rather be in control of our own destiny.

"We've looked at the permutations. We can't control those. All we can do is make sure our performance is as good as it can be.

"If enough teams muck up, four points might be enough. That is highly unlikely.

"But, if we end up getting nine points from the next two games, that could even be sufficient."

See Sport, Pages 56-57