Josh van der Flier didn't realise that Leinster had broken their own European record when they put 89 points on Montpellier on Sunday.

It’s not something that players have in mind when they take on Top14 powerhouses, but the tries came thick and fast at the RDS.

They ran in 13 in all, Van der Flier grabbing a double just after the break as they passed out the 92-17 win over Bourgoin in 2004.

Already behind the eight ball in terms of points available in the pool thanks to the 28-0 walkover defeat to their French opponents, they’ll take any advantage and that points difference may come into play yet.

"We spoke about it before the game, going out and attacking at every opportunity," said the Ireland wing forward.

"You saw it with the quick-taps, trying to score as many points as we can.

"Especially with the way we went 28-0 in the last Montpellier game, it doesn't put us in the best position so we knew we had to get as much points as we can.

"Hopefully this week goes well and every point will be important for placings and that sort of thing.

"It was pleasing to get that amount of points.

"For me there was a bit of nerves you wouldn't get as much in the season because it was the first game of the season all over again.

"You're getting up and running, we trained really hard but you're not sure how your fitness would be having played in a month.

"Preparations have been brilliant, training has been really good. We were saying all the right things before the game, the focus seemed very good. There was a lot of confidence coming in.

"We were feeling good before the game, but I suppose you never know how the game will turn out and what the opposition will do."

Alongside Lions number 8 Jack Conan and Caelan Doris in the Leinster back row, it won’t come as any surprise if the trio are named to start in Andy Farrell’s Ireland team for their opening Six Nations game against Wales in just under three weeks’ time.

"They're great, we've got a good balance," he says of the back row union.

"We've had a good amount of involvements each and that's important.

"Neither Caelan, Jack or any of the back-rows in Leinster, there's no selfish players there.

"There's times when someone has to be hitting the rucks, someone has to be keeping the space out wide and I think the lads are good that if someone is tired someone else can do a bit of work, they're great, world class players.

"It's a privilege to play in the back-row with them.

"Then you've Rhys [Ruddock] and Max Deegan coming on, you've Will Connors to come back, Scott Penny playing unbelievable and Josh Murphy was incredible today so there's a lot of very good back-rows around.

"That's part of it as well, being pushed along by all the competition there is every day in training."

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