Leinster’s James Tracy, Noel Reid and Rhys Ruddock tackle Nemani Nadolo of Montpellier during the  Champions Cup match at the RDS. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leinster 24 Montpellier 17 One of the golden rules of navigating ones way out of the European Champions Cup’s treacherous pool stages, all the more s(...)

Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Montpellier’s Kelian Galletier during the European Champions Cup clash at the RDS Arena, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Basking in the glow of a fine, bonus point win, Robbie Henshaw’s first try of the season and Man of the Match award were secondary considerations as h(...)

Leinster’s Barry Daly secures a bonus point as he gets over for their fourth try despite Frans Steyn and Timoci Nagusa of Montpellier during the  Champions Cup game at the RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 24 Montpellier 17 ‘C’mon on ye boys in blue’ has rarely seemed so apt, nor more deserving. Already shorn a stellar list of serial European C(...)

Isa Nacewa at Leinster Rugby press conference, RDS, Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Leinster v Montpellier Venue: RDS.  Kick of: 1pm. TV: Sky Sports Action from 12.30pm. The unexpected absence of Johnny Sexton – playmaker in (...)

Isa Nacewa returns to the Leinster side for the Champions Cup opener against  Montpellier at the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leo Cullen has said that Johnny Sexton and Rory O’Loughlin had been ruled out of tomorrow’s European Champions Cup opener against Montpellier at the R(...)

Tadhg Furlong showed his true value to Leinster in unlocking space against Munster. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Many things in rugby interest me; currently it’s space. Where is it? And how can a team create then exploit same. With monster Montpellier winger Nema(...)

Munster’s Chris Farrell offloads as he is tackled by Leinster ’s Josh van der Flier and Robbie Henshaw at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 23 Munster 17 For a team that never led and rarely threatened to do so, Munster could nonetheless take plenty from this game and certainly, (...)

Leinster’s Devin Toner and Peter O’Mahony of Munster compete for the ball during their Pro14 clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster’s satisfaction in winning a contest of this ilk will be tempered slightly by glitches in performance. Dominating territorially and in the pos(...)

Leinster fullback Joey Carbery claims the high ball during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Munster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 23 Munster 17 At the end, it was another one-score finale to a Leinster-Munster showdown, yet instead of hammering at the Leinster line, Mun(...)

Robbie Henshaw makes his first start  of the season for Leinster on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Robbie Henshaw returns for his first game of the season but there is no Sean O’Brien as Leinster host Munster in Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 clash at th(...)