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Passionate Gloucester bow out on a high

Monday 9th October 2006

12:00 am (GMT)

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- 09/10/2006 17:05

- 09/10/2006 17:05

Gloucester have the unenviable task of trying to halt the irresistible form of Pool 2 leaders Leinster at Kingsholm on Friday.

The Irish province smashed Edinburgh at Donnybrook last weekend in their 49-10 six-try romp with Shane Horgan crossing for a hat-trick and Felipe Contepomi weighing in with a 24-point haul.

In contrast, Gloucester were defeated at Agen with Fijian flier Rupeni Caucaunibuca stealing the show with a jaw-droppingly good Heineken Man-of-the-Match performance.

And Gloucester came off second best when the two sides met at Lansdowne Road in October when Leinster ran in four tries in front of a 22,000 crowd.

The Leinster squad to face Gloucester in Friday’s final Pool 2 Heineken Cup clash at Kingsholm (KO: 7.30pm) has been named.

The squad have been boosted by the return of skipper Brian O’Driscoll, Girvan Dempsey and Brian Blaney who all missed last weekend’s 49-10 victory over Edinburgh.
All 11 players who were selected in Ireland’s RBS Six Nations squad on Tuesday are available for selection as Leinster bid to secure a home quarter final in the Heineken Cup. 

Felipe Contepomi, the competition’s third highest points scorer this year (with 55), is also included in a strong looking squad.

In excess of 2,000 Leinster supporters are expected to make the trip to Kingsholm on Friday night.

Meanwhile, tickets for Leinster’s next home game in the Magners League against the Llanelli Scarlets in Donnybrook (KO: 7.40pm) on Friday week, January 26th, are on sale now online at www.leinsterrugby.ie and from www.ticketmaster.ie

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Passionate Gloucester bow out on a high

Monday 9th October 2006

12:00 am (GMT)

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- 09/10/2006 17:05

- 09/10/2006 17:05

Leinster may have won Pool 2 in Round 5 but defeat at Gloucester a week later has left them struggling to claim a home draw in the quarter-finals.

Winning on English soil in the Heineken Cup had become something of a good habit for the Dubliners prior to their trip to Kingsholm with seven wins and only one defeat.

But they were unable to maintain their winning streak and, despite a last gasp penalty in the 10th minute of injury time that bought them a bonus point, they were well and truly beaten.

Facing the strong, swirling wind in the first half the visitors could feel well pleased with their efforts. Despite conceding a penalty try after collapsing a driving lineout, they conjured up a try of their own thorough skipper Brain O’Driscoll to make it 7-7 at the break.

O’Driscoll was off the field when Gloucester bagged their opening score having picked up a yellow card for using hands at a ruck and England scrum half Peter Richards was sitting on the sidelines for an act of petulance when O’Driscoll crossed for the Leinster score.

Felipe Contepomi raised Leinster hopes after 57 minutes when he kicked a penalty to give his side the lead for the first time, but some subtle changes to the home pack brought about a major change in the course of the game.

The introduction of French front row internationals Christian Califano and Olivier Azam beefed up the forward effort and the pressure turned on the Leinster forwards.

Califano was credited with the push over try from another close range lineout after 65 minutes and then the French loosehead single handedly destroyed a Leinster scrum near halfway to help to create the opportunity which lead to Mark Foster’s chip and chase try.

Ryan Lamb’s wide angled conversion put Leinster nine points behind, but Contepomi clawed back a bonus point with his 90th minute penalty to leave the Dubliners on 21 points

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