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 Dooley||1||Ox Nche|
|Bryan Byrne||2||Reinach Venter|
|Michael Bent||3||Johannes Coetzee|
|Ross Molony||4||Walt Steenkamp|
|Scott Fardy||5||JP Du Preez|
|Rhys Ruddock (Captain)||6||Gerhardus Olivier|
|Max Deegan||7||Abongile Nonkontwana|
|Caelan Doris||8||Junior Pokomela|
|Jamison Gibson-Park||9||Tian Meyer|
|Ross Byrne||10||Tian Schoeman|
|Fergus McFadden||11||Sibhale Maxwane|
|Conor O’Brien||12||Dries Swanepoel|
|Rory O’Loughlin||13||Benhard Janse Van Rensburg|
|Adam Byrne||14||William Small-smith|
|Dave Kearney||15||Louis Fouche|
|James Tracy||16||Jacques Du Toit|
|Ed Byrne||17||Charles Marais|
|Andrew Porter||18||Luan De Bruin|
|Mick Kearney||19||Sintu Manjezi|
|Josh Murphy||20||Marnus Van Der Merwe|
|Hugh O’Sullivan||21||Hanco Venter|
|Noel Reid||22||Rudy Paige|
|Barry Daly||23||Shaun 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.