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Throwback Thursday: Wasps school Leinster at the RDS

Throwback Thursday: Wasps school Leinster at the RDS

The new season of the European Champions Cup kicks off on Friday night at the RDS as two rivals face off in Dublin.

Defending champions Leinster take on Gallagher Premiership Rugby stars Wasps in a clash of two sides that are extremely well acquainted.

Leinster emerged victorious the last time the two sides met, in the 2016/17 season at the quarter-final stage.

But they were drawn together in the same Pool in both the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons and have met nine times in total.

And for our latest throwback Thursday we are heading back to the RDS for their Pool stage clash in November 2015 when Wasps ran riot.

 

Hot on the heels of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the European season was delayed until early November.

And it was, like this year, Wasps, Bath and Leinster all drawn together although this time with Toulon as the fourth and final team in a Pool of death.

Wasps were the visitors to the RDS in round one and it was Charles Piutau who did the damage.

His defence was bone-shuddering but his counter-attacking made all the difference in this 33-6 romp.

After Jonathan Sexton and Ruaridh Jackson had traded early penalties, the boot of Elliot Daly came into the equation.

This was before Daly had broken through for England and his cannon of a left boot was not therefore that well known to Irish fans.

But at the RDS he time and again punished Leinster while Christian Wade and Joe Simpson showed trademark speed to break through for tries.

And even Leinster’s set-piece, so often their calling card, began to splinter late on as Wasps ran riot with Piutau finishing off the scoring.

All that meant that Leinster ended up bottom of the Pool, they shipped a half century to Wasps in the return leg at the Ricoh.

But the seeds were sown for Leo Cullen’s revolution that culminated earlier this year in Bilbao with their fourth European triumph.

Wasps, meanwhile, made the semi-finals that season, eventually losing to champions Saracens.

They made the quarter-finals a year later but were undone by Leinster and last year failed to exit their Pool as La Rochelle squeaked into top spot.

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