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Leinster v Exeter - Live
full-time Leinster 9 Exeter 6
80 Exeter are back on the attack and are awarded a penalty when Leinster deliberately slow down the ball just inside their own half of the field. Mieres indicates that he will take a shot at goal. His effort sails just wide of the uprights and there's a huge cheer from the home side's supporters! that's the final act of the match and although Leinster have won this match Exeter can hold their heads high as this result could easily have gone in their favour.
78 Exeter are back on the attack inside Leinster's 22 but O'Driscoll makes a vital tackle on Naqelevuki and the hosts soon win turnover ball!
75 Exeter are not giving up hope and are desperately trying to take the lead! they attack on the edge of Leinster's half but it all comes to nothing when Chris Whitehead goes off his feet at a ruck.
74 PENALTY, LEINSTER, SEXTON! 9-6. Sexton adds the crucial three points which gives the hosts lead again!
71 Jamie Heaslip is stopped just short of Exeter's 22 and he offloads to O'Driscoll who fails knocks on at the crucial moment!
68 Exeter go on the attack on the edge of Leinster's 22 but lose possession at a critical moment. The ball comes out to Nacewa who hoofs it up field.
66 PENALTY, EXETER, STEENSON! 6-6. Steenson adds the extras to draw his side level once again! That's his final act of the match as he is then replaced by Ignacio Mieres.
65 Exeter take the ball through several phases until Leinster are eventually penalised for slowing the ball down at a ruck inside their own 22.
62 Exeter go on the attack inside their own 22 and Sireli Naqelevuki takes a big hit from O'Driscoll, The big centre does well to spin out of the tackle and shows tremendous leg drive before being brought to ground.
59 Sexton gets a chance to extend his side's lead after Tom Hayes is pinned for bringing a maul down illegally. His effort is off-target though and Exeter's supporters breath a huge sigh of relief.
56 Exeter go on the drive from a line-out just outside Leinster's 22. They make little headway and are eventually penalised when Tom Johnson holds onto the ball on the ground.
54 PENALTY, LEINSTER, SEXTON! 6-3. Sexton regains the lead for his side after an Exeter forward is pinned for an early tackle.
52 There's some aerial ping-pong as Matt Jess and Ian Madigan exchange kicks. Madigan eventually swings the ball wide to Reghardt Strauus who goes on an attacking run.
50 Brian O'Driscoll tries to put Sexton into a gap with a deft inside pass 10 metres from Exeter's try-line. Sexton fails to hold onto the pass and Exeter get out of jail!
47 Exeter are on the attack at a scrum close to Leinster's 22 but the hosts gain a reprieve when Carl Rimmer is pinned for a scrum infringement.
45 Exeter are dominating proceedings but it's not reflected on the scoreboard. The defending champions are trying hard but are struggling to get their hands on the ball!
44 Luke Arscott tries to take the outside gap inside Leinster's 22 but Isa Nacewa brings him to ground with a telling tackle!
42 Leo Cullen is penalised when he fails to release a tackled player on the ground. Steenson puts the ball into touch close to Leinster's 22-metre line and from the resulting line-out Exeter go on the drive.
40 Sexton gets the second half started with a deep hanging kick which Ian Whitten gathers and takes into contact.
Half-time Leinster 3 Exeter 3
40 From the restart, the ball comes to Hayden Thomas, who promptly boots it into touch. The referee brings proceedings to a close with a shrill blow of the whistle and the teams head inside for half-time. Leinster have certainly not had things going their own way as Exeter are proving to be a competitive unit. They have enjoyed most of the possession during this half and deserve to be level at the break.
40 PENALTY, EXETER, STEENSON! 3-3. It's third time lucky for Gareth Steenson as he adds the three-pointer which draws his side level!
38 Exeter take the ball through 10 phases and are soon inside Leinster's 22! The move comes to nothing when they are called back for a forward pass from Ben Sturgess to Tom Johnson.
35 Leinster seem frustrated and are trying to run the ball from deep inside their half. Exeter's Tom Hayes is penalised for not rolling away at a ruck and Sexton puts the ball into touch midawy between Exeter's 22 and the halfway line.
33 Leinster are penalised for an infringement at a ruck on the halfway line. Steenson opts to take the shot at goal but although he gets plenty of distance on his effort his direction is not so good.
31 Matt Jess finds the ball in space close to the halfway line and bumps off Conway's poor attempt at a tackle. The Leinster's speedster's blushes are saved by Fergus McFadden who brings Jess to ground.
29 Leinster go on the attack inside Exeter's half and are soon close to their opponents' 22 but Cian Healy knocks on after running onto a pass fro Eoin Reddan.
27 Exeter are on the attack close to Leinster's 22 but all their good work is undone when some of their forwards go off their feet at a ruck.
25 Mike Ross goes on a surging run midway between Exeter's 22 and the halfway mark but is eventually stopped in his tracks by Hayden Thomas! The ball is spun wide but Jamie Heaslip is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground and the visitors get out of jail!
23 Leo Cullen goes through a gap inside Exeter's half but throws a forward pass to Andrew Conway.
21 Exeter take the ball through several phases and are soon camped inside Leinster's 22! Simon Alcott carries strongly but can't offload to a team-mate on his inside. Eventually Steenson puts in a cross kick which Ian Madigan has great difficulty dealing with. The ball goes over the dead-ball line but Madigan has touched it and Leinster can restart the match with a drop kick on their 22 metre line.
17 Sexton puts the ball into touch just outside Exeter's 22 after Richard Baxter is penalised for holding onto a tackled player on the ground.
15 Steenson gets a chance to draw his side level, after Leinster are pinned for being offside, but like Sexton he pushes his first attempt wide of the posts.
13 Exeter try to launch an attack through their backs and Jason Shoemark carries strongly but Leinster's defence is well organised and keep them at bay.
11 PENALTY, LEINSTER, SEXTON! 3-0. Sexton makes no mistake this time after Ian Whitten is penalised for playing an opponent in the air.
9 Jonny Sexton gets a chance to score the game's first points after an Exeter player is pinned for a tackling offence. The pivot's kick sails just wide of the uprights, however!
6 Leinster try to launch an attack from a line-out close to Exeter's five-metre line. Brian O'Driscoll runs onto a pass from Sexton at pace but he is stopped in his tracks by a wall of defenders.
4 Hayden Thomas brings relief for Exeterwith a box kick upfield which Ian Madigan gathers inside his own 22.
2 Exeter are pinned for a scrum infringement on the edge of Leinster's 22 and Jonny Sexton ;aunches an attack which takes the hosts into Exeter's half.
Kick-off Gareth Steenson gets us underway! The ball is gathered by the Leinster forwards who immediately set up a ruck on the edge of their own 22.
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