With the internationals away for the Six Nations, the rest of the squad have been mopping up the competition. A stiffer challenge awaits them in the RDS on Friday.

Leinster has an almost unassailable lead at the top of their conference and field a competitive team led by captain Rhys Ruddock. There is plenty of strength in the pack and back line.

Caelan Doris and Conor O’Brien have seen lots of action this season, but are still relative beginners. They start to continue their good run of form. Josh Murphy is also relatively new and may get an opportunity from the bench.

Peter Dooley1Ox Nche
Bryan Byrne2Reinach Venter
Michael Bent3Johannes Coetzee
Ross Molony4Walt Steenkamp
Scott Fardy5JP Du Preez
Rhys Ruddock (Captain)6Gerhardus Olivier
Max Deegan7Abongile Nonkontwana
Caelan Doris8Junior Pokomela
Jamison Gibson-Park9Tian Meyer
Ross Byrne10Tian Schoeman
Fergus McFadden11Sibhale Maxwane
Conor O’Brien12Dries Swanepoel
Rory O’Loughlin13Benhard Janse Van Rensburg
Adam Byrne14William Small-smith
Dave Kearney15Louis Fouche
James Tracy16Jacques Du Toit
Ed Byrne17Charles Marais
Andrew Porter18Luan De Bruin
Mick Kearney19Sintu Manjezi
Josh Murphy20Marnus Van Der Merwe
Hugh O’Sullivan21Hanco Venter
Noel Reid22Rudy Paige
Barry Daly23Shaun Venter

The Cheetahs lie in second last place in the other conference, but that is only six points of that third play-off spot. They are far better than their countrymen the Kings. Expect lots of explosive action and more than a few tries.

Leinster should build on last weeks win over the Kings. The spread this week is 25 points and it seems a fair offer.