Leinster’s Harry Byrne passing the ball against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road, England. [Inpho/Ryan Byrne]

Leinster get last-16 home tie

Leinster kept up their unbeaten run with a fine win away to Leicester, which now earns them a last-16 home draw in the European Champions Cup against the Tigers in the Aviva Stadium in early April.

Munster allowed a handsome lead to slip against Northampton Saints at Thomond Park on Saturday evening, though the losing bonus point saw them progress to the next round where they will face the same opposition but this time in Franklin Gardens.

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Leinster eased to a 27-10 win after being 10-0 behind, showing Leo Cullen’s side to be a class apart. Caelan Doris smashing over near the end for the fourth try took the winning bonus point as well.

Munster won’t feel so happy as they let slip a nine-point lead to lose to 14-man Saints by 26-23. It’s now an uphill battle for the men in Red, but they seem to like it that way.

If, as appears likely, Leinster get past Leicester, they could face their nemesis La Rochelle in the quarter-finals. Ronan O'Gara's side must first account for South African’s DHL Stormers in their last-16 encounter.

In the Challenge Cup, Connacht will travel to Top 14 side Pau while a so-far disappointing Ulster outfit are away to Montpellier.

Munster’s Sean O’Brien and Joey Carbery after the defeat against Saints. [Inpho/Dan Sheridan]