Leinster head coach Leo Cullen insists that losing his side's unbeaten start to the season against Northampton Saints at the weekend would not be a disaster.

Cullen’s side travel to Franklin’s Gardens to take on the Premiership leaders in one of the most tantalising Champions Cup fixtures of the weekend.

The Saints have lost just one game this season and both teams are unbeaten in Pool One of the Champions Cup after two games.

The two fixtures between Leinster and Northampton look like they may well decide the final group standings but Cullen believes that his side could recover from defeat in England.

"In certain circumstances, a losing bonus point is not the end of the world," he told RTÉ Sport.

"Whatever situation we find ourselves in, it’s just about making sure we try and maximise every point we can from the fixture.

"It’s not trying to talk in cliches here, but it’s that piece of Europe that is a little bit unique isn’t it? We're just trying to get everything we can possible from all these games."

Chris Boyd

Cullen has been impressed by the Saints so far this season and believes that under Chris Boyd they’ve developed into a well balanced side that will offer a real threat.

"They’re going really well," he said. "Obviously Chris Boyd has come in there last season and now he has some young English coaches around him; Phil Dowson who’s Northampton through and through at this stage, Sam Vesty for backs and attack.

"I would have played with Sam in Leicester, he has a very, very creative mind, you can see that with the way they’re attacking.

"With Chris Boyd’s background with the Hurricanes most recently and just the attacking mindset that team has, it paints a picture of a head coach that would lead a very attacking oriented set-up and team.

"In terms of the personal I think they’ve made some great signings. They’ve got that mix of real top end experience, guys who have done it on the biggest stage plus lots of very good young players. It adds to a really good youth and blend in terms of youth and experience.

"You just look through the names, even at the weekend Owen Franks pulled out, Courtney Laws pulls out and Dan Biggar pulls out before the morning or on the morning of the game. They’re replaced by three 22-year-olds essentially and they go on to put in a very commanding performance against Leicester.

"They’ve recruited very, very well but it’s been underpinned by some very good young players which is nice to see from a distance because it’s very much of a similar philosophy we would have here.

"We know it’s going to be a real stern challenge for us tomorrow."