Leinster academy players are on display again after impressing at home against the Ospreys last Friday night.
Scott Fardy again captains the team which has a mix of experience and youth and not too many changes from last week.
Dave Kearney makes a welcome return from injury, and Ross Byrne is the only player from the Ireland squad the played the USA to be released back to the squad.
|Ryan Bevington||1||Ed Byrne|
|Richard Hibbard (Captain)||2||James Tracy|
|Lloyd Fairbrother||3||Michael Bent|
|Rynard Landman||4||Ross Molony|
|Lewis Evans||5||Scott Fardy (Captain)|
|Harrison Keddie||6||Josh Murphy|
|Aaron Wainwright||7||Scott Penny|
|Ollie Griffiths||8||Caelan Doris|
|Rhodri Williams||9||Jamison Gibson-Park|
|Jason Tovey||10||Ross Byrne|
|Hallam Amos||11||Dave Kearney|
|Jarryd Sage||12||Conor O’Brien|
|Tyler Morgan||13||Jimmy O’Brien|
|Jared Rosser||14||Adam Byrne|
|Jordan Williams||15||Hugo Keenan|
|Elliot Dee||16||Bryan Byrne|
|Aaron Jarvis||17||Peter Dooley|
|Leon Brown||18||Andrew Porter|
|Cory Hill||19||Mick Kearney|
|Ross Moriarty||20||Max Deegan|
|Tavis Knoyle||21||Paddy Patterson|
|Arwel Robson||22||Ciaran Frawley|
|Adam Warren||23||Tom Daly|
We have already beaten the Dragons this season, in round 3, but the first have performance was disappointing. We led 17-10 at half-time despite a much stronger team. The floodgates opened in the second half and the game ended 51-10.
What can we expect tonight? Playing away from home is a completely different experience. Referee decisions go against you, the crowd goes against you, and the weather seems to be playing for the home side.
It will be a bigger test for the rookies, a testing ground. It’s a game we hope to win, but it may take some patience to get the scores we require. Paddypower.com has set the spread at minus nine for Leinster, which seems like a tough ask.
Discipline as ever will be key. The team that makes the least errors and penalty turn overs will dominate territory and possession, and that will lead to points. Ross Byrne’s kicking has been decent. I expect Leinster to edge ahead and stay there.
Leinster to win by one score.