Wednesday 28 September 2016

How last five Leinster coaches did on day one

Published 17/11/2015 | 02:30

In between his stints as Munster coach, Declan Kidney guided Leinster to an unbeaten pool performance in 2004/5
In between his stints as Munster coach, Declan Kidney guided Leinster to an unbeaten pool performance in 2004/5

Matt O'Connor

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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.

Joe Schmidt

Leinster 38

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.

Michael Cheika

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.

Declan Kidney

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.

Gary Ella

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.

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