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BOD gives fans something to cheer as Blues march on

LEINSTER advanced to the knock-out stages of the Heineken Cup in comprehensive style last night in a victory that may be Brian O' Driscoll's last Heineken encounter at the RDS.

The star centre is due to retire at the end of the season and the packed crowd at the old ground gave the former Lions captain a night to remember in the 26-3 victory over the Ospreys.

The momentous occasion wasn't lost on the loyal Blue supporters before or after the match as they celebrated the victory in style.

MEMORABLE

O'Driscoll was denied what would have been a memorable try in the final moments of the match.

"If it is his last game at the RDS it will be good to be able to say I was there", Naoise Sharkey (21) told the Herald.

The loudest cheer of the night went to the returning Richard Strauss who has overcome heart surgery to re-establish himself in the Leinster side.

There was talk of contracts throughout the game and fans like Nicola Holohan from Castleknock were keen to heap praise on Sean O'Brien for signing a contract extension.

"We're season ticket holders, the whole family. I'm here with my husband and the kids.

"My husband is ecstatic that Sean O'Brien is staying. Hopefully Jamie Heaslip stays too," Ms Houlihan said.

Killian Byrne, from Rathfarnham, who was at the game with his son Keith (8) also said he hoped Heaslip would follow O'Brien in extending his contract with the province but said the lure of a big money move to France was understandable.

"It's tough seeing it all played out in the press.

"As a Leinster fan all you want is to see the best people playing for the team, but they've very short careers so they have to maximise the time they've got. So I don't begrudge any of them," he said.

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