Rugby Leinster could repeat last week’s rout as Saints come to town

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Champions Cup: Leinster v Northampton Saints

Kick-off:5.15pm, Saturday.Venue:Aviva stadium.How to follow:The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 4.45pm.On TV:Live Channel 4, Virgin Media One and BT Sport.

Northampton’s largely shadow side only points to one outcome. Any result deviating from a comfortable victory for Leinster would be a major surprise.

Chris Boyd’s squad was already shorn of leading lights in Courtney Lawes and Owen Franks when torn asunder last Saturday at Franklin’s Gardens. Leinster did pay a toll for the seven try performance with old and new guard – Johnny Sexton (knee ligaments) and Rónan Kelleher (fractured hand) – ruled out for the foreseeable future.

Sexton must revisit a knee specialist in the UK, making a return for the Six Nations by no means guaranteed.

“Yeah, he’s seeing somebody in the UK and he’ll go back there just to get an update in a couple of weeks,” Cullen explained, “but he’s working hard to try and get himself back as quickly as possible, but he won’t be a million miles away hopefully.

“Not exactly, no,” Cullen replied when asked if there was a time line which would inclu

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