Double Kearney blow for Leinster

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:11
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INJURY UPDATE: Leinster's 37-24 Pro12 win over Connacht in Galway at the weekend came at a price.

International wing Dave Kearney limped out of proceedings with a nasty ankle injury to join brother Rob on the sidelines.\

It was the 27-year-old's first start since returning from injury and he hurt his left ankle in a collision with home hero John Muldoon, who was making his 300th appearance for Connacht.

Now Dave Kearney will face an anxious wait to see if he is fit to possibly face Clermont Auvergne in Sunday's Champions Cup semifinal in Lyon.

The win was Leinster's 12th game without defeat in all competitions and they remain unbeaten this year.

If they can maintain their success in Lyon this weekend they will reach their fourth European Cup final having won the title in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

The game in Galway was a repeat of last season's Pro12 Final, which Connacht famously won at Murrayfield, and the home side threw the kitchen sink at their Dublin rivals.

Their offloading and free-flowing style will have given Leo Cullen's men the perfect build-up to their clash with Clermont, who ran in nine tries in a 59-18 win at Grenoble that condemned the home side to a return to ProD2 next season.

The lead actually changed hands seven times before Leinster emerged victorious by five tries to two.

Their win earned them a home game in the Pro12 play-off semifinals, while Connacht look as though they will now have to rely on booking a Champions Cup ticket next season via the end of the season, play-off battle for the Final place.

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Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
EUROPEAN CUP
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Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 3 3 0 0 15
Ulster 3 1 0 2 8
Wasps 3 1 0 2 6
Harlequins 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 3 3 0 0 14
Saracens 3 2 0 1 10
Ospreys 3 1 0 2 8
Northampton Saints 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 3 3 0 0 14
Exeter Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Montpellier 3 1 0 2 8
Glasgow Warriors 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 3 2 1 0 11
Castres 3 1 1 1 7
Leicester Tigers 3 1 0 2 6
Racing Metro 3 1 0 2 6
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Toulon 3 3 0 0 12
Bath 3 2 0 1 9
Scarlets 3 1 0 2 7
Treviso 3 0 0 3 3