3 to forget at the RDS
Magners league final
May 29, 2010
Leinster went into the league decider as favourites, having ended the regular season on top of the table and with an unbeaten RDS record stretching back to September 2008 (see right).
However, Michael Cheika's side never really got going against an Ospreys outfit that arrived fired up and focused. Leinster failed to register a try, with all their points coming from the boot of Jonathan Sexton.
The visitors had tries from Lee Byrne and Tommy Bowe, with young out-half Dan Biggar contributing the rest of their points in an accomplished all-round performance. Not the exit Cheika would have wished for.
Sepember 28, 2008
A compelling tussle ended in a convincing defeat, with Felipe Contepomi having one of his Munster implosions and missing a spate of kicks he would customarily bang over.
The European champions brought intensity and organisation to Dublin 4 and Leinster were not allowed room to breathe.Tries from short-term South African signing Justin Melck and a coup de grace from Doug Howlett at the death were the crucial strikes, with Ronan O'Gara providing the rest of the points. The only time Leinster failed to score at the RDS.
October 9, 2009
London Irish 12
The golden rule in the Heineken Cup is that you win your home games, and Leinster's bid to retain their European trophy got off to a nightmare, and unexpected, start.
Former Leinster player Bob Casey wreaked havoc on the home line-out and Cheika's men never got into their stride. Sexton kicked three penalties and the scores were tied at 9-9 entering the final minute when substitute Ryan Lamb stepped up to knock over the winning penalty.
A disappointing evening was compounded by Shane Jennings' subsequent 12-week suspension.