Lunchtime Sports Update

RUGBY

The two most decorated teams in Heineken Champions Cup history face-off in the semi final of the competition this afternoon.

Johnny Sexton returns at out-half as Leinster host fellow four-time champions Toulouse in Dublin.


James Lowe also returns to the wing for Leo Cullen’s side as he joins Jordan Larmour and Rob Kearney in the back-three.

3 o clock is the kick off time at the Aviva Stadium.

The winners of that game will play Saracens in the final at St James’ Park in Newcastle next month.

It’s after the English side beat Munster on a 32-16 scoreline at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry yesterday.

SOCCER

Liverpool face a potential banana skin as they bid to return to the top of the Premier League this afternoon.

Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Cardiff City, who are three points from safety with only four games remaining.

A win for the Reds will see them leapfrog Manchester City at the summit.

Kick off is at 4 o clock.

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At the same time, Arsenal will hope to consolidate their position inside the Premier League’s Top 4.

The Gunners can move above Tottenham into 3rd place with a win at home to Crystal Palace.

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The day’s action gets underway at Goodison Park, as Everton face Manchester United.

The visitors can go level on points with Tottenham with a win.

That game kicks off at 1:30.

GAELIC GAMES

Cork and Dublin will look to book their place in the Division One final of the Lidl National Ladies Football League.

The winners will play Galway in the decider, after they beat Donegal yesterday.

Throw-in at Nowlan Park is at 2 o clock.

SNOOKER

Ding Junhui is just 1 frame away from progressing to the 2nd round of the World Snooker Championships.

He leads 9-6 against Anthony McGill at the Crucible.

On the other table, John Higgins has opened up a 4-2 lead against Mark Davis.

GOLF

Shane Lowry is one shot off the lead heading into the final day of the RBC Heritage Open.

The Offaly man is 9 under par after his first three rounds in South Carolina, trailing Dustin Johnson who is on 10 under.

Just two shots seperates the top 10 in the field.

RACING

The Easter Festival begins at Fairyhouse today where a seven race card gets underway at 10-to-two.

There’s two grade one competitions with the Irish Stallion Farms Mares Novices Hurdle at 10-to-3 while the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Steeplechase is at twenty-five-past-four.

There’s an eight race card as well in Cork where the first goes to post at twenty-to-two.