Leinster should be capable of extending their huge lead at the top of the conference with a win over Zebre tomorrow afternoon.

The team’s backbone is filled with senior, experienced players such as Jack McGrath, Jamison Gibson-Park and Dave Kearney, and is captained by the wily Australian, Scott Fardy.

They should prove too much for Zebre, a poor team at the best of times, but now deprived of many of their starters who are away on international duty.

ZebrePositionLeinster
Daniele Rimpelli1Jack McGrath
Oliviero Fabiani2James Tracy
Giosue Zilocchi3Andrew Porter
Samuele Ortis4Ross Molony
George Biagi5Scott Fardy (Captain)
Maxime Mbanda6Josh Murphy
Jimmy Tuivaiti7Max Deegan
Giovanni Licata8Caelan Doris
Josh Renton9Jamison Gibson-Park
Carlo Canna10Ross Byrne
Jamie Elliott11Barry Daly
Tommaso Boni12Conor O’Brien
Giulio Bisegni13Rory O’Loughlin
Gabriele Di Giulio14Adam Byrne
Francois Brummer15Dave Kearney
Replacements
Luhandre Luus16Bryan Byrne
Danilo Fischetti17Peter Dooley
Dario Chistolini18Michael Bent
Apisai Tauyavuca19Mick Kearney
James Brown20Jack Dunne
Riccardo Raffaele21Hugh O’Sullivan
Oaula Balekana22Noel Reid
Nicolas De Battista23Jimmy O’Brien

Away games can be tricky, but I expect Leinster to dominate this game, bullying Zebre at set piece and in broken play. They should dominate possession and territory and build a nice score.

Not to say that the home side will not have any teeth. The international break and frequently changing senior team means that this Leinster side has not had a chance to gel. Defensive lapses will be a possibility and we may let in a few scores.

The bookies are giving Zebre a 21 point head-start. It sounds about right, but I back Leinster to beat the spread. The danger will be if we let in some soft tries near the end when the game is beyond doubt.

Leinster will be eyeing a bonus point victory to put some distance on the chasing pack, freeing Leo Cullen’s hands to rotate the squad in the last few rounds of the regular season to keep the first team primed for action at the business end.