Leinster host Treviso in the RaboDirect Pro 12 series at the RDS this Saturday evening at 5pm.
The home side welcome back a number of their international stars and will be expecting to win this game with something to spare.
When the sides met in Italy earlier in the season, it took a late drop goal from Jonathan Sexton to save Leinster’s blushes. The Irish side currently lie in third place in the league, behind Glasgow and Ulster.
With no room for any slip ups at this stage of the competition, the Blues will come out with all guns firing and hope to pick up a bonus point as well. Treviso have had a mixed campaign and lie eighth in the standings. They have no chance of progressing in the series this season but have acquitted themselves well and will be hoping they can claim the scalp of the European champions on Saturday.
Cian Healy misses out for Leinster due to his well documented citing ban, but Fergus McFadden and Luke Fitzgerald return from international duty. Rhys Ruddock captains the side on his 50th appearance for the province. Michele Rizzo, Manoa Vosawai, James Ambrosini, Giulio Toniolatti and Andrea Pratichetti all come in for Treviso.
Players To Watch
For Leinster, the returning international stars McFadden and Fitzgerald are two to watch, while Dave Kearney has also been exciting in recent displays. Treviso will look to the giant Fijian Manoa Vosawai to make an impression.
Leinster have to be strong favourites to win this match and keep alive their hopes of making the top two in the league. While there is little value in the outright market, a winning margin of between 11 and 20 points looks interesting at 9/4 with Boylesports.com