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BOD and Leinster in mood for a fightback

HE may have looked a little outnumbered in the heat of battle, but Brian O'Driscoll displayed the heart of a lion in Leinster's Heineken Cup win over Castres Olympique.

The blue army were out in force at Stade Pierre-Antoine as thousands of fans travelled to the south of France.

The Blues came back from being 14 points down to win 29-22.


And although the former Ireland captain is preparing to retire at the end of this season, he still showed he has plenty of fight left in him.

In what was at times a heated encounter, O'Driscoll (34) led from the front as he exchanged words with Castres' Cedric Garcia.

The Leinster star was a driving force as his side came back from a potentially damaging defeat.

Jimmy Gopperth was the top scorer with 21 points – including two tries – and Jordi Murphy clinched his debut European try.

Leinster have now regained control of pool one in the Heineken Cup, and Matt O'Connor's side are favourites to go through ahead of their final game next week.

However, there is still a long way to go.

Although Leinster remain four points clear of their nearest rivals, Northampton Saints, the English side chalked up a 29-17 win over Ospreys in Wales at the weekend.

Leinster lost their home game to Northampton in the previous round and will need to continue to battle to ensure their place in the quarter-finals.