Leinster's preparations for Sunday's Heineken Cup decider against Edinburgh at the RDS have been thrown into chaos after lock Malcolm O'Kelly was cited. O'Kelly faces a disciplinary hearing in Dublin on Thursday after he was sin binned for stamping on the England prop in a bizarre 19-12 defeat to Wasps at Twickenham last Saturday. A ban will cause major problems for coach Michael Cheika ahead of a game when Leinster will book their place in the last eight against Edinburgh if they match the Wasps result away to Castres. Replacement out-half Dave Walder kicked Leinster a charitable Heineken Cup lifeline at Twickenham, and the Blues say they would have done exactly the same thing had the roles been reversed. Walder's decision to take three points off an 88th minute penalty rather than go for the corner and set up a potential try scoring opportunity was the European Cup equivalent of hari-kari. The seven point winning margin ensured four points for the English champions, but the bonus point picked up by the losers means Leinster's Euro hopes are now in their own hands thanks to their emphatic 41-11 win when the sides met in Dublin last October. All they have to do when they face Edinburgh at the RDS on Sunday is match the Wasps result away to Castres, and Michael Cheika's side will be guaranteed a quarterfinal place despite trailing throughout Saturday night's battle of the capitals. "If I was in their position I'd probably have done the same thing," said Leinster out-half Isa Nacewa. "We talked recently about it being vital to get a bonus point in the away games. That's what we have lacked in the last couple of seasons so to come away from here with a point like that is a bonus. "We're in control of our own destiny now against Edinburgh on Sunday and the fight back against Wasps is a big positive now going into that game." Leinster did indeed claw their way back into Heineken Cup contention after trailing 13-9 at the break when former French star Serge Betsen notched the only try for Wasps and Felipe Contepomi hit three of his four penalties for the visitors. Brian O'Driscoll summed up the fighting spirit within the Leinster camp when he went off with a blood injury in the 56th minute but was back 60 seconds later to offer some heroic defending in the last quarter. "That summed up the team really," said coach Cheika after the pressure was lifted off his shoulders by that bonus point. "He got hit early and I think he was out. Then he took a knock to the head and was able to recover, came back and got another one, had to go for a blood injury and finally came back on again and was still contributing at the end with some great defensive work. "Brian typified the fight and the spirit there tonight. Our fate is in our own hands now and that's how we wanted it. "We've had to go and earn it this season. We've picked up points away from home where we didn't in the past and that has made a difference as it did on Saturday." Munster Wins Munster ran in six tries in a comprehensive 37-14 win over Sale at Thomond Park on Friday night as they guaranteed their place in the Heineken Cup quarterfinals. Paul O'Connell, Jerry Flannery, David Wallace, Ian Dowling, Tomas O'Leary and Paul Warwick all scored tries as the Reds went through to the last eight for the 11th season in a row. Captain O'Connell said, "We just really wanted it. We put a lot of ourselves into it this week. There's been a lot of talk about Thomond Park in the last few weeks, a lot of opposing players talking about playing here. "The crowd are fabulous here but they don't do anything for you on the pitch - you have to do that yourself. We filled the jersey well today." An early second-half try form the in-form Wallace was crucial for Munster. "Every team in the world goes in at half-time whether you are behind or ahead and the clichZ is to make the first score - be it a three pointer, five pointer or a seven pointer. That first score is vital," added O'Connell. GAA Results Kilkenny served up an ominous warning for the season to come when they hammered Dublin by 18 points in the Walsh Cup at Parnell Park on Sunday. "We got a lesson, what can I say?" said new Dubs boss Anthony Daly. "They are way ahead of us, physically and hurling wise. We wouldn't be in Kilkenny's league at the moment, but then nobody is. We were very naive, very green. "They have fellas there who, when they get a chance, sure it's nearly like their All-Ireland because they might not get a chance again. They'd be very anxious to impress and that was very obvious from the way they went about it. "Thankfully, you don't have to play teams like Kilkenny every day, but their hunger and appetite - even so early in the season - was amazing." In other GAA results, Galway began hurling life in Leinster with a Walsh Cup win over Offaly in Tullamore on Sunday, but new manager John McIntyre was unimpressed with the sin bin rule changes on trial. "These guys are working like dogs on the training ground. Then they put a foot or a hurl out of place and they're forced to watch the rest of the match from the dugout. It's not good enough," said McIntyre. "There are people in Croke Park trying to justify their existence coming up with these rules." Offaly boss Joe Dooley agreed and said, "If that's the way we're going, then we may as well forget it. "It ruined the game for spectators. People paid in to watch this game - then to see that is ridiculous." O'Se's Return DARRAGH O Se will be back on the Kerry team in the near future according to selector Ger O'Keeffe. "We've been in touch with Darragh, and he is training away on his own," said O'Keeffe. "He is carrying one or two knocks and is getting medical treatment but as soon as those are sorted, he'll be back training with the county squad." GAA Shorts KERRY asthma sufferer Aidan O'Mahony is still awaiting a verdict on his appeal against a suspension for failing a drugs test last year . . . KERRY will have to find a new goalkeeper for the NFL campaign with Diarmuid Murphy ruled out after eye surgery . . . TIPPERARY'S hurling selectors have drafted exciting youngster Noel McGrath into their squad for the 2009 season . . . COCA-Cola have withdrawn as sponsors of the Compromise Rules series between Ireland and Australia . . . VETERANS Larry Reilly and Jason O'Reilly have returned to the Cavan squad under new manager Tommy Carr . . . GALWAY midfielder Niall Coleman will miss the start of the NFL campaign due to work commitments . . . CONOR Mortimer expects to make his Mayo return in the NFL opener against Derry on Sunday, February 1. . . NEIL McGarry will captain Antrim in their first season in the Leinster SHC . . . WEXFORD hurling defender Paul Roche is out until March after knee surgery. McCullough's Challenge Former world champion Wayne McCullough has again challenged Bernard Dunne to an All-Ireland showdown. "It's the one fight out there that everyone in Ireland wants to see," McCullough told setanta.com. "When people visit me in Vegas or when I come home for a few days, they ask me, 'When are you fighting Bernard Dunne?' "To start with, me and Bernard are friends. But I've fought my friends in the amateurs. I'd sign a contract right here and now." Meanwhile, Olympic hero Darren Sutherland will have his second fight as a pro in Wigan at the start of March.
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