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Watch the highlights of Leinster's nerve-wracking draw last night in Castres

Leo Cullen’s side had settle for a draw but it should be enough for a home quarter-final.

David Smith scores his side's second try Castres's David Smith scores his side's second try. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

ONLY AN ENORMOUS winning margin for Connacht tomorrow in Toulouse will deny Leinster home advantage when they enter the quarter-final stages of the European Champions Cup, but for a while during last night’s final Pool 4 game away to Castres it looked like Leo Cullen’s side were about to blow it.

Going into the final quarter of the game, Leinster trailed 24-17 to a side who had won just two of their five games in the competition this season. However, Dan Leavy’s try was converted by Ross Byrne and the eastern province secured a share of the spoils to finish on 23 points at the top of the standings.

Connacht will now need a bonus-point win with a 62-point margin against Toulouse to prevent Leinster from getting the all-important home quarter-final. However, Leinster’s failure to win last night could cost them home advantage in the semi-finals should they progress to the last four.

Here are the highlights of last night’s game in France, which included a couple of tries for Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw…

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