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Tony Ward: Leinster gave a complete performance, but Wasps assignment will be a tall order

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Dave Kearney  is tackled by Richie Gray, left, and Rory Kockott

Dave Kearney is tackled by Richie Gray, left, and Rory Kockott

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Dave Kearney is tackled by Richie Gray, left, and Rory Kockott

Tony Ward believes Leinster put in their best performance of the season to date in beating Castres at the weekend to set-up a winner-takes-all showdown with Wasps.

Both these sides warmed up for the Pool 2 decider at Coventry's Ricoh Arena next Saturday lunchtime with contrasting successes.

Matt O'Connor's side ran riot on the struggling Top 14 side while Wasps staged a smash-and-grab victory over Harlequins at the Stoop. Their tackle count fell one short of 200, a clear indicator of their defensive efforts.

The three-time European champions have been criticised in many quarters for some below-par performances this season, but are just one victory away from the last eight of the inaugural Champions Cup, with a home tie the dangling carrot.

Ward says that the seven-try showing will boost morale ahead of the pool finale.

"Leaving the RDS on Saturday I was very confident," he told Radio One's Morning Ireland programme.

"It was one of the most complete performances I have seen in a long time."

However he said he is cautious after viewing the 23-3 defeat of Conor O'Shea's Harlequins.

"I saw what Wasps did to Harlequins and I was really impressed. It's going to be a winner takes all and it will be very difficult for Leinster."

"It really is some competition."

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