Leinster Rugby head coach Leo Cullen labelled his team’s back-to-back Heineken Champions Cup matches with Bath Rugby this month as “huge” as he attempts to guide the Irish province back to the top of Pool 1.

After demolishing Wasps 52-3 at home in Round 1, the defending champions lost 28-27 at Toulouse in Round 2 back in October to trail the French club by two points.

However, they now have a chance to apply pressure on their fellow four-time European Cup winners with consecutive matches against Bath – at the Recreation Ground on Saturday and then at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium a week later.

“We’ve got two huge games now against Bath,” Cullen told Premier Sports. “It’s a very exciting time for the club. This part of the season plays such an important part in what you’re doing later in the season.

“Two huge games against Bath, then we have our three ‘friendly’ interprovincial derbies after that, then we’re into Europe for Toulouse at home and Wasps away. It’s an exciting block of games.”

Leinster prepared for the Bath fixtures with a 59-10 victory at Dragons in the Guinness PRO14 at the weekend which put them 15 points clear at the head of Conference B.