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Sunday 16 December 2018

Stunning show by Blues leaves fans beaming

THE Aviva Stadium looks set to host a Heineken Cup quarter-final after Leinster brushed Saracens aside in scintillating fashion.

The Blues were rampant as they demolished the English outfit and secured qualification for the last eight of the competition.

With their passage secure, Leinster will line-out against Racing Metro on Friday knowing a win would give them the advantage of playing in front of their vociferous home support.

An all-Irish quarter final is also on the cards following a gutsy display by Ulster in Ravenhill on Saturday which saw them topple Biarritz.



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The IRFU will have their fingers crossed that the dream tie comes to pass and 50,000 fans pack the south Dublin venue in April.

Thousands of smiling Leinster fans exited the RDS on Saturday after a truly superb performance.

Number eight Sean O'Brien is becoming the most influential forward in European Rugby with his starting spot in the Six Nations team and his ticket to New Zealand in the autumn safely secured.

Leinster appear to have an embarrassment of riches with internationals Jamie Heaslip and Gordon D'Arcy still to return to team.

After years of living in the shadow of Munster, the Blues have now eclipsed their rivals as Ireland's number one province.

A 43-20, six-try victory over any English opposition is very significant and Leinster have become one of the tournament favourites after qualifying for the quarter-finals with ease.

No wonder Leinster star Rob Kearney was only too keen to celebrate his club's success with none other than U2 rocker Bono in Lillie's Bordello.

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