Leinster will go into this clash in the Aviva Stadium with a five point lead after a 26-21 victory at the Sportsgrounds last Friday. In Connacht's first ever Champions Cup knockout game, they brought the game to Leinster, who needed all their European experience to see out victory. With it all to play for in the Aviva Stadium, it should be another pulsating tie for these provincial rivals. Here's all the info you need on the big match, including TV info on how to watch Leinster v Connacht.
When Is Leinster v Connacht?
Kick off is at 5.30p.m this Friday the 15th of May at the Aviva stadium.
How To Watch Leinster v Connacht?
The game will be live on BT Sport 1, with coverage beginning at 5.15 P.M.
First Leg Review
With Connacht heading into the game in poor form, and Leinster coming off a victory over their biggest rivals Munster, many saw this going only one way. Except Connacht didn't follow the script.
Connacht flew out of the blocks and had their opening try after five minutes through John Porch. Leinster slowly grew into the game as the first half progressed, with James Lowe twice finding space in Connacht's defence to score.
While Leinster looked like they were going to pull away, Connacht kept the pressure on them to stay in the game through the boot of Jack Carty.
Both teams started strong in the second half, but it was Leinster who made it count, with Hugo Keenan's try cancelling out Carty's early penalty. However, Connacht remained strong and following Jamison Gibson Park's controversial yellow, Leva Fafita's try made it a two point game.
A penalty from Ross Byrne in the 78th minute meant Leinster will go into Friday's clash with a five point advantage. This fascinating fixture will see a Leinster side determined to show they are the best in Europe, while Connacht now know they are there for the taking.
Leo Cullen's side make three changes to their starting XV from last week's first leg. Andrew Porter and Ronan Kelleher come into the side after recovering from injuries they picked up during the Six Nations.
After a citing commission ruled he shouldn't be suspended after his infracition from last week, Jamison Gibson-Park starts at scrum half ahead of Luke McGrath.
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Here's your #LeinsterRugby team to take on Connacht tomorrow in the second leg of the @ChampionsCup Round of 16. 👇
Three changes as @JamisonGPark, @AindriuPorter and @ronank12 all return. 🙌#LEIvCON #HeinekenChampionsCup pic.twitter.com/EB6bKEXQYJ
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) April 14, 2022
Andy Friend makes one change from last week, with Caolin Blade named at scrum-half ahead of Kieran Marmion.
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Here's the 23 men representing Connacht in tomorrow's @ChampionsCup R16 2nd leg 🆚 @leinsterrugby 🟢
One change from last week's starting XV with Caolin Blade named at scrum-half 👊
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— Connacht Rugby (@connachtrugby) April 14, 2022