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Friday 14 December 2018

Leinster eye up Munster showdown

Celtic Cup: Dragons Dev v Leinster A, CCB Centre, (Today, KO2.30)

Leinster’s Adam Byrne
Leinster’s Adam Byrne

Leinster and Munster are tied together at the top of the Irish section of the Celtic Cup.

They have both been masters of their four rounds to this point, accruing 19 points.

It leaves just this weekend and next to negotiate.

The Celtic Cup was designed to have an Irish-Welsh final with four clubs from each country segregated into the two Pools.

At this point, Leinster hold the lead on points-difference with Munster set to travel to Energia Park next Friday night (KO5.0).

The last thing Leinster-light would want to do is go to Wales and hand over their unbeaten record to The Dragons.

In fairness, there is enough experience through the likes of Nick McCarthy and Adam Byrne and flanker Josh Murphy to guide these young guns to a fifth win in the first year of the competition.

Dragons: C Penny, C Wellington, T Hoppe, J Benjamin, D Smith, J Botica, R Davies; J Reynolds, R Lawrence, C Coleman, J Davies, M Screech, J Thomas, L Greggains (Capt), T Basham. Replacements: Z Hewlett, S Evans, L Yendle, M Williams, B Fry, D Buckland, G Gasson, W Kelly.

Leinster: J Kelly (Capt); A Byrne, J O'Brien, C O'Brien, M Silvester; C Frawley, N McCarthy; M Milne, R Kelleher, V Abdaladze, C Ryan, J Dunne, J Murphy, S Penny, C Doris. Replacements: D Sheehan, G Coyne, J Aungier, R Baird, R Watters; P Patterson, D Hawkshaw, L Turner.

Verdict: Leinster A

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