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.

DragonsPositionLeinster
Ryan Bevington1Ed Byrne
Richard Hibbard (Captain)2James Tracy
Lloyd Fairbrother3Michael Bent
Rynard Landman4Ross Molony
Lewis Evans5Scott Fardy (Captain)
Harrison Keddie6Josh Murphy
Aaron Wainwright7Scott Penny
Ollie Griffiths8Caelan Doris
Rhodri Williams9Jamison Gibson-Park
Jason Tovey10Ross Byrne
Hallam Amos11Dave Kearney
Jarryd Sage12Conor O’Brien
Tyler Morgan13Jimmy O’Brien
Jared Rosser14Adam Byrne
Jordan Williams15Hugo Keenan
Replacements
Elliot Dee16Bryan Byrne
Aaron Jarvis17Peter Dooley
Leon Brown18Andrew Porter
Cory Hill19Mick Kearney
Ross Moriarty20Max Deegan
Tavis Knoyle21Paddy Patterson
Arwel Robson22Ciaran Frawley
Adam Warren23Tom 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.