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Strauss return lift that Leinster needed

Leinster will need Glasgow Warriors to do them a favour at home to Toulon today and Edinburgh away to Munster tomorrow to hold out any chance of earning a home quarter-final in the Heineken Cup in April.

The inspirational introduction of hooker Richardt Strauss (inset), miraculously back from heart surgery, lifted Leinster to the bonus point they so badly needed against The Ospreys in the Heineken Cup last night.

Leinster were stuck on three tries and looking around for direction when coach Matt O'Connor introduced Strauss for Seán Cronin in a master stroke.

The tense and frustrating atmosphere immediately lifted at the sight of Strauss and the bonus-point arrived on cue from Jordi Murphy's hard line in the 73rd, Isaac Boss following with the fifth, giving The Blues an outside shot at a home quarter-final.

The match was finely balanced at 3-all when The Osprey seconds row Ian Evans stamped on the head of Mike McCarthy, opening up as severe head wound.

Evans was shown a red card and the game was turned in an instant, Leinster looking for reward and getting it from their pack with two penalty tries and another from Cian Healy.

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