How last five Leinster coaches did on day one
Published 17/11/2015 | 02:30
Ospreys 9 Leinster 19,
Liberty Stadium, October 12, 2013
Sean O'Brien starred as the Australian got his campaign off to a winning start at the Liberty Stadium. Leinster displayed a hard edge in holding off the Welsh side and their star openside scored their only try.
Racing Metro 22
RDS, October 9, 2010
Having gotten off to a sluggish start, Schmidt's trophy-laden era at Leinster was kick-started by victory over Munster and the momentum continued into the opening round of the Heineken Cup as they shredded Racing Metro, scoring five tries.
Leinster 19 Bath 22
RDS, October 22, 2005
Current Australia coach Cheika got off to a losing start as Leinster coach as his side went down in a close encounter with Bath on opening day. The English side came back from 10-0 down and won it through a Chris Malone drop-goal.
Treviso 9 Leinster 25
Stadio Monigo, October 25, 2004
In between his stints as Munster coach, Kidney (left) guided Leinster to an unbeaten pool performance in 2004/5 before going out to Leicester in the quarter-finals. They opened with a win in Italy, with Shane Byrne, Shane Horgan and Brian O'Driscoll scoring the tries.
Leinster 32 Biarritz 6
Lansdowne Road, December 6, 2003
Ella's ill-fated season opened with a comprehensive defeat of Biarritz at Lansdowne Road with Shane Horgan the star of the show on that occasion as the Ireland winger scored two tries.