Leinster's well-oiled machine rising to a crescendo

Leinster’s well-oiled machine functioning intop gear

James Lowe of Leinster celebrates after scoring his side's first try during the Heineken Champions Cup Semi-Final match between Leinster and Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Brendan Fanning

Not long before the kick-off to this ultimately lopsided European sem-final Leo Cullen was asked if he reckoned Munster had done his side a favour in dragging Toulouse through an energy-sapping schlepp before getting to the final whistle last weekend.