The return of Brian O'Driscoll, Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald inspired a much-needed win for Leinster in the RaboDirect Pro12 on Friday - but there's undoubtedly a lot of work to be done before we can call this a complete revival.
Perhaps for the first time since taking charge of the Irish province in the 2010-11 campaign, head coach Joe Schmidt was under serious pressure with Leinster in a near critical situation domestically and in the Heineken Cup.
It was clear to me, Schmidt needed Fitzgerald, Kearney and O'Driscoll to find form and regain fitness ahead of their must-win clash against Scarlets next weekend in Europe's premier club competition - of course, this has a knock on effect for Ireland ahead of the Six Nations - and was all too keen to see them back last Friday.
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- Rob Kearney
- Luke Fitzgerald
- Joe Schmidt