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In Pics: Connacht 16 Leinster 31

In Pics: Connacht 16 Leinster 31

Click here for photos of Friday’s Magners League clash between Connacht and Leinster in Galway.

Pictured above: Returning Leinster captain Brian O’Driscoll is tackled by Connacht’s Darren Yapp as he tries to offload at the Sportsground. Trevor Hogan, Guy Easterby, Shane Horgan and Denis Hickie all ran in tries as Leinster picked up their fifth straight win over the westerners.

Leinster centre Shane Horgan, who scored an injury-time try, is confronted by Mark McHugh, Matt Lacey and David Gannon of Connacht.

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Connacht out-half Mark McHugh and the province’s Kiwi centre Gavin Williams get to grips with Leinster’s returning full-back Girvan Dempsey. McHugh kicked two penalties and a conversion.

Defences are on top in Galway as Leinster’s teenage winger Luke Fitzgerald is smothered in a tackle.

Leinster flanker Stephen Keogh prepares to take an Andrew Farley hit.

Brian O’Driscoll tries to step past Connacht centre Gavin Williams.

Gavin Williams is well shackled by the Leinster defence, with prop Ronan McCormack and flanker Stephen Keogh.

Brian O’Driscoll tries to rush past Connacht number 10 Mark McHugh.

**All photos by Billy Stickland of Inpho Photography**