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March 9, 2010

Leinster 29

Clermont 28

A magnificent game of rugby and an incredible night of drama as Leinster squeaked through to the semi-finals on a night when Clermont's normally unflappable out-half Brock James cracked spectacularly under the pressure.

The French hit Leinster with everything they had and mesmerising waves of attack saw Julien Malzieu storm over for a hat-trick of tries. It required a monumental effort from Jamie Heaslip to keep Leinster in it and the No 8 crossed for a brace of tries, with Jonathan Sexton banging over both conversions as well as five penalties. It was enough to secure a thrilling home win as James imploded -- missing five kicks off the ground and two late drop-goal attempts.

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October 2, 2009

Leinster 30

Munster 0

Munster came to Dublin seeking revenge for their Heineken Cup semi-final drubbing the season before but were blown apart by their hosts' all-round excellence, with Brian O'Driscoll toying with Munster's big-name signing Jean de Villiers.

The Irish captain waltzed past the Springbok centre for one of Leinster's three tries, Gordon D'Arcy and Shane Horgan supplying the others. John Hayes' second-half dismissal did not help Munster's cause but Leinster were cruising 20-0 up at that stage. The most riotously received of all Leinster's RDS triumphs.

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October 18, 2008

Leinster 41

Wasps 11

Leinster sent out an early statement of intent in their title-winning season with this hammering of the English champions before a full house.

Wasps rolled out all their England stars -- Paul Sackey, Josh Lewsey, Riki Flutey, Danny Cipriani, Phil Vickery, Simon Shaw and Joe Worsley -- as well as Ireland No 9 and future Leinster man Eoin Reddan. But it was Leinster's stars, led by Rocky Elsom, Felipe Contepomi and Brian O'Driscoll, who called the shots in a six-try demolition.

Wasps were expecting a tough game but not a humiliation and the English side were a sorry sight as they trooped off at the end.

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