Match Preview: Leinster
Get the latest ahead of Monday's trip to Dublin as we face reigning league champions Leinster at the RDS Arena in Round 6 of the Guinness PRO14.
HOW TO WATCH
The match is live on Premier Sports 2 (Monday 16 November) from 8.15pm. You can also follow the action with minute-by-minute updates via the club's live match centre.
Referee: Craig Evans (WRU, 13th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Andrew Brace and Eoghan Cross (both IRFU)
TMO: Joy Neville (IRFU)
Played 33, Leinster won 21, Edinburgh won 12.
STORY OF THE MATCH
Edinburgh’s sluggish start to the new season appears to be behind them with back-to-back wins over Welsh opponents but a trip to the RDS Arena is enough to make anyone wince.
Leinster have lost just one Guinness PRO14 match on their own patch since April 2018, when Glasgow Warriors emerged with the points 18 months ago.
Leinster are also chasing a sixth straight bonus-point win, which would them to within one of the all-time record. Edinburgh can point to recent success against Leinster. Each of their last five meetings have been won by the home side on the day, with Edinburgh claiming the spoils in two of those.
The capital side also know how to win at tough away grounds, seeing off Munster at Irish Independent Park last season.
LAST TIME OUT
It's been over a year since Edinburgh have faced Leinster, with the last match-up between the two sides taking place at the RDS in October 2019. A much-changed Edinburgh side travelled to Dublin where the hosts ran out 40-14 winners.
Ross Byrne(3C) Barry Daly(2T) Bryan Byrne(T) Joey Carbery(2T/P) Dan Leavy(T)
Ross Byrne(C) Jordi Murphy(T) Joey Carbery(T) Jamison Gibson-Park(T) Johnny Sexton(2C)
Ross Byrne(2C) Max Deegan(T) Barry Daly(2T) Scott Fardy(T)
Nathan Fowles(T) Duhan van der Merwe(T) Jaco van der Walt(C) Mark Bennett(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(C) Murray McCallum(T) Luke Crosbie(T)
Fergus McFadden(T) James Lowe(T) Garry Ringrose(T) Jordan Larmour(T) Johnny Sexton(T/3C)
Jaco van der Walt(C) Magnus Bradbury(T)
Ciaran Frawley(2P) Sean Cronin(T)
Jaco van der Walt(2C) Viliame Mata(T) Willem Nel(T) Ross Ford(T) Simon Hickey(C) Penalty Try(T)
Jamison Gibson-Park(T) Rowan Osborne(T) Michael Bent(T) Ross Byrne(4C) Harry Byrne(C) Scott Penny(T) Caelan Doris(T) Michael Milne(T)
Jaco van der Walt(C) Jamie Farndale(T) Simon Hickey(C) Charlie Shiel(T)
Defending Guinness PRO14 champions Leinster have made a perfect start to their defence having won all five games with maximum points – the Championship record for successive try bonus points is seven on four previous occasions, the last of which was Glasgow in 2019.
The only time that Leinster have been defeated at the RDS Arena in any competition since April 2018 was when Glasgow were the visitors in the PRO14 in April 2019
Edinburgh Rugby have won their last two Guinness PRO14 matches, at Scarlets and at home to the Cardiff Blues, whilst they have not won successive away games since March 2018.
Edinburgh’s last two visits to an Irish province have both been to face Munster, beating them in Cork in November 2019 and losing in Limerick in October 2020.
The last five fixtures between the two sides have been won by the home side on the day, however Edinburgh have not beaten Leinster on their own soil since a trip to Donnybrook in November 2005.