Gerry Thornley: Eight great Leinster wins in Europe that trump Exeter comeback

The Sandy Park win is a long way down any list of great victories in the competition

Johnny  Sexton celebrates scoring a  try during the 2011 final against Northampton at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Johnny Sexton celebrates scoring a try during the 2011 final against Northampton at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Whatever way you look at it, that was a special win, even by Leinster’s standards. To down the reigning European and English champions after falling 14-0 behind, already missing six internationals and then losing their onfield captain and conductor in chief, has to be ranked right up there.

But where exactly? In the immediate aftermath it was tempting to rank Saturday’s 34-22 win over Exeter in, say, the top five, but then glance through the 122 wins they’ve compiled over the last 25 years and, well, maybe not.

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