Leinster head coach Michael Cheika has defended his decision to rest his Irish internationals ahead of their crunch Heineken Cup clash with the Scarlets.
Eight players involved in Ireland’s Autumn series including full-back Rob Kearney and centre Brian O’Driscoll return for the trip to Wales after sitting out Sunday’s 30-14 defeat to Newport-Gwent Dragons.
Meanwhile Irish rivals Munster played a near full-strength side for their clash with Ospreys, but Cheika believes each approach has its own benefit.
He said: “There's no right or wrong way to go about these things and last week Munster chose to play most of their guys, but we made a decision to rest the team and start preparing for this week’s game.
“I can understand why maybe I got a bit of criticism last week because it was not the scenario that I would have liked to have had.
“As long as you’ve got a plan and you feel confident, and the players feel confident, then that’s the way you've got to proceed.”