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Huge boost for Leinster to see Sexton fire again

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Chris Henry

By Chris Henry

Even without Ulster in action last week, it was still a great weekend of rugby, and after six months of European competition I don't think there's any doubt that what we've been left with are the two best sides preparing to go head-to-head.

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For Leinster and Saracens, it feels as if the machine just keeps rolling on.

With Ulster having come so close to beating the champions last month, there was always going to be a sense of what if for all of us in the province, but that game will have given Toulouse real hope as well.

We are, after all, talking about a team who booked their place in the last-four thanks to a win over Racing with 14 men for most of the match.

And yet Leinster controlled things so well, a real professional performance where, after a few months of looking somewhat ragged, the big names were firing once again.

One moment for me that probably summed up the transformation was the sight of Johnny Sexton not reacting to the French giving him a bit of a shove on the sideline.

Think back to the Munster game at Christmas, or during the Six Nations, and it's no wonder that opponents are still trying to get under his skin, but it can only bode well for Leinster that his response was a man of the match award.

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