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Donald plots Leinster scalp

BATH out-half Stephen Donald has now set his sights on reigning European champions Leinster after he played a pivotal role in keeping Bath's Heineken Cup dream alive.

The New Zealander, whose penalty secured World Cup final glory for the All Blacks against France in Auckland last month, marked his home debut in style.

Donald created Bath's opening try for winger Olly Woodburn during a tense 16-13 victory over French outfit Montpellier.

He then almost scored the second following a lengthy interception sprint -- prop David Flatman was the eventual beneficiary -- while he also slotted two penalties to get his team up and running in Heineken Cup Pool Three.

Bath now face Leinster in back-to-back fixtures next month, with the outcome set to either keep them on a quarter-final course or nudge Donald and company towards a pool stage exit.

"We play Leinster next, and what is not to get excited about playing against the defending champions and half the Irish team? I can't wait for it," he said.

Academy please boss

Leinster Academy manager Colin McEntee doubles up as the British & Irish Cup coach, and has been well-served so far by his players in a competition that has yielded two five-point returns, away to Esher and at home to Melrose last Saturday.

Brendan Macken was among the scorers for Leinster in the 42-20 win, bagging a wonderful brace of tries.

"The next away game is going to be difficult. We have Llanelli on the same weekend as Leinster play Bath in the Heineken Cup," said McEntee.


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