Yes - I had actually written P15 W10 L5, but the editor got things mixed up.
Agreed Sam. However, Sexton is returning next season to Leinster and Gopperth is heading to UK to play. Madigan may get more opportunities to develop at 10 with Sexton returned, although Keatley, Jackson may move ahead of him at Munster and Ulster respectively.
You could also argue that O'Connor wants both of them on the pitch, and Reid hasn't done enough at 12 to warrant a regular starting spot, hence Madigan's utility status makes him more useful than Gopperth. Darcy is on his last legs.And Madigan is Leinster's top points scorers with the boot. He takes the kicks when both he and Gopperth are playing.
Madigan suits Schmidt's plans because he's a much better utility player for the bench - at 15, 12 and 10 and is a kicker. However, if Payne's injury had occurred before Sexton's in the England match, it would have been interesting to see if Schmidt would have brought on Madigan or Jones and if Bowe would still have moved to centre. I suspect Madigan because he has the boot, but maybe not at centre.
Good grief indeed.
All that remains is for you to tell us who you know is the best half-back pairing in the world currently.