The last time Connacht hosted Leinster they handed the then Guinness Pro14 and European champions elect an awful hiding.

So comfortable was the victory, a game where Leinster made 15 changes to their team from the Champions Cup semi-final the week previous, that the retiring John Muldoon was trusted with a late conversion attempt, which he duly sent over the bar.

The game ended 47-10.

Leinster prop Cian Healy said earlier this week that "[a forward taking a kick] is something you have to take a bit of offence to when you’re not taken seriously".

However, Connacht were keen to play down the incident with their coach Andy Friend saying: "I don't think there was anything in it. I think it's history."

Wishful thinking?

In a day and age of not giving anything to the opposition to pin up on the dressing room wall the conversion might just come up in conversation.

Jonathan Sexton, no stranger to playing a straight bat when required, gave a tongue-in-cheek answer when asked about kicking duties for Saturday's 5.15pm kick-off. 

Would he let a forward have a shot at goal?

"It depends where it's from really," Sexton, who has started both of Leinster’s last two games, told RTÉ Sport.

"If it's under the posts, I'll be taking it because I want two points. If it's from out wide, they can take it, yeah."

The out-half, who may be rested for the trip with a home game against Munster and two Heineken Champions Cup games to come, also says that any bad blood that exists between the sides is not a recent development.

During the week, Luke Fitzgerald, the former Leinster and Ireland back who retired in 2016, told Independent.ie's Left Wing podcast: "They hate us…the funny thing is there is a real hatred building in Leinster for them."

Sexton added: "Was [the needle] not always there?

"I always found that rivalry [there] with Connacht.

Sexton and Cullen in action for Leinster against Connacht in 2008

"I remember going there when Michael Cheika was coach, I think we lost and there was a couple of red cards so there was a lot of needle back then as well.

"I think someone got sent off for a headbutt in one, another sent off for an elbow so if that's not needle I don't know what is.

Asked about Fitzgerald’s hatred comments, Sexton said: "Welcome to the club, you'd probably get that off a lot of people.

"It happens when you are perceived in a certain way.

"When you are from Dublin, and when you are perceived to be from Dublin, we're not all from Dublin, you have this perception, maybe that's where they get their kicks from.

"It doesn't concern us much. Sometimes if you are successful a lot of teams don't like you either. I'm sure a lot of teams don't like us."

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