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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 5
- 19th Jan 2013
- KO 18:00
- Ground: Sandy Park
- Att: 10,198
Exeter v Leinster - Live
80 The ref looks at his watch, and decides that's enough for one evening and blows his whistle. Leinster keep their quarter-final hopes very much alive with tonight's bonus-point win, but boy did they have to work for it!
79 So it's 14 v 14, but Exeter need two scores to win this match. Mumm charges through, but is bumped into touch - time running out for the hosts.
76 YELLOW CARD, LEINSTER. Now replacement Isaac Boss sees yellow, which levels the playing field!
73 PENALTY, LEINSTER. And up steps Sexton to rub further salt into Exeter's wounds the resulting penalty. 20-29!
72 YELLOW CARD, EXETER. Oh dear, trouble for the home team now as Ben White is given his marching orders. The Chiefs down to 14 men!
70 PENALTY, EXETER. Arscott picks up the loose ball, and finds support through Naqelevuki. Leinster offsides, and this time Steenson does go for poles... over it goes! 26-20
69 Once again though, Exeter fail to push for the try despite all the backs running in to help put the shove on. Had Leinster turned the ball over, the hosts would have been in real big trouble!
68 The Chiefs awarded another penalty. Will they go for poles this time? No. Once again, Steenson goes for the corner...
67 Exeter set up a line-out 10m out. Mumm wins it cleanly, and it's that man Naqelevuki who thunders into the blue wave of defenders. The Fijian has been everywhere tonight.
65 Now the Chiefs backs move the ball wide to Luke Arscott, but the full-back can't get passed Luke Fitzgerald. Exeter manage to get the ball back though, and win a penalty after Cullen is pinged for a high tackle.
63 Sexton punts and puts some distance on the ball. Perhaps too much as the ball flies 80m into Exeter's territory, but rolls all the way over the deadball line. Which means the Chiefs will have a scrum from where Sexton punted the ball...
62 So the two packs scrum down as we head into the final quarter of this match. The tempo has certainly slowed down after the break, though one feels an Exeter score will bring this game back to life.
60 Oh dear, the decision has backfired as Exeter cough up possession. Some pushing and shoving going on - the Chiefs getting frustrated.
58 Finally, the men in pink put some phases together and win a penalty. It's in goal distance, but 9 points down, Steenson is instructed to kick for touch and sets up a line-out 15m out from Leinster's line...
55 Exeter have the throw-in at a line-out on half-way. But the ball flies over the top of everybody's heads, and Heaslip cleans it up. The Chiefs losing their way in this match in a big way...
52 CONVERSION, LEINSTER. Sexton once again raises the flags and extends his team's lead. 17-26!
51 TRY, LEINSTER. The visiting forwards, who have dominated the opposition, power ever closer to the Chiefs' line and it's Ireland skipper Jamie Heaslip who finishes off with a try under the sticks. That's the bonus point folks. But the game isn't in the bag just yet...
48 Leinster have clicked into fifth gear following that early second-half try, and will be chasing the all-important bonus point that will help them towards a quarter-final spot.
45 CONVERSION, LEINSTER. Sexton missed his last conversion, but makes no mistake this time round. Leinster back in front! 17-19!
44 TRY, LEINSTER. The visitors force a turnover, and it's captain Leo Cullen who puts his team on the front foot. His fellow forwards arrive in numbers. A couple more phases and it's Cullen on the run again before he hits the deck, pops to O'Driscoll and the veteran dots down for Leinster's third try of the match!
Second half So Sexton gets the second forty under way. The Chiefs make sure to not make the same mistake as Leinster at the start of this match and Dean Mumm takes in well.
Half-time EXETER 17-12 LEINSTER
40 PENALTY, EXETER. Steenson is called up to add three more points to the Chiefs lead after Kevin McLaughlin is pinged atthe breakdown. You can hear a pin drop in the stadium... but the silence turns to a roar as the flags go up! Exeter head into the half-time sheds 17-12 ahead - what a game.
38 Can Exeter hold onto their lead as half-time approaches...? Either way, the crowd are being treated to a cracking game of rugby. Richardt Strauss carries two defenders with him, but spills the ball forward as he hit the deck.
35 CONVERSION, EXETER. Steenson won't miss from bang in front and over it goes - the Chiefs take the lead! 14-12!
33 TRY, EXETER. Now it's the defending champs who are forced to defend their line. The Chiefs rumble forward, and it looks like Sireli Naqelevuki has found a way over the whitewash. Exeter players are celebrating, as referee Romain Poite awards them a penalty try!
30 Exeter looking to hit back and bring the crowd to their feet as Jason Shoemark exploits a gap and races 20m before he's hauled down. The ball's quickly recycled, Steenson puts in a cross-field kick for Matt Jess but has overcooked it. Doesn't matter, the ref was playing advantage - Leinster offsides.
27 This time though Sexton is unable to add the extras. 7-12!
26 TRY, LEINSTER. Quick hands from O'Driscoll and Sexton creates an overlap for Leinster and it's Kearney this time who finishes off in the same corner D'Arcy scores earlier!
25 So the teams pack down once again, and Exeter nearly win a tight head. Instead, the ball pops out Leinster's side and picked up by Heaslip who charges off the back.
23 Leinster now with an attacking scrum 5m out. The pack huff and puff and set the ball up for Reddan, who goes blind. The Chiefs were offside though, and the ref has his arm raised. Leinster have a chance out wide, but a poor pass sees Luke Fitzgerald gather at his feet before getting thumped into touch. But it matters not, the ref was playing advantage...
20 Leinster on the attack once more. This time it's prop Cian Healy who bulldozes his way up the field - some hard yards gained by the Ireland prop... and not for the first time in this match either.
17 CONVERSION, EXETER. Gareth Steenson steps up to add the extras and doesn't disappoint the home crowd! Scores level! 7-7
16 TRY, EXETER. The Chiefs with a line-out throw 10m out from Leinster's chalk. Neil Clark finds his man, and now the hosts get their groove on. Leinster falling off tackles, and Clark punishes some poor defending after powering over for a well-earned try! Game on!
15 Big blow for Exeter as England flank Tom Johnson is stretchered off the pitch...
14 Cullen taps down to Eoin Reddan, and Sexton gets the backline going once again. The Chiefs having make their tackles count once again, but survive another onslaught after Jamie Heaslip is blown for hands in the ruck.
12 The hosts are pinned back inside their 22, but at least have the put-in at the scrum. Barrett feeds, Richard Baxter breaks off the back. He passes back inside to Barrett who drops ball to boot but sends the pigskin directly into touch outside his 22. So Leinster will have the line-out...
10 The game is being played at a furious pace! The Chiefs running everything at the Irish giants, as Gareth Steenson opts to have a go himself and nearly breaks clear. The pivot is blown for holding on though, and concedes a penalty.
8 Chiefs scrum-half Kevin Barrett puts in a chip over the top for Ian Whitten to chase. Rob Kearney has the ball covered, but has no room to move and is forced into touch 8m out from Leinster's tryline.
5 CONVERSION, LEINSTER. Sexton nails the tricky conversion and the visitors sprint into an early 7-0 lead!
4 TRY, LEINSTER. The men in blue get some momentum going, and bash away at Exeter's defence through their forwards. Out the ball comes, and now the backs have it. Through the hands it goes, and it's Gordon D'Arcy who finishes off in the corner for the first try of the match!
2 The scrum is reset, and the second shove Leinster's forwards shove Exeter's pack off the ball and force a penalty which Sexton bangs into touch.
1 And we're under way! Exeter kick off and Leo Cullen knocks on as he lept to gather in the ball. So early scrum to the Chiefs. Poor start by the defending champs...
Team news Leinster hooker Richardt Strauss returns after missing the last month with an ankle injury in one of three changes to the pack. Sean O'Brien is also back in action to join fellow returnee Kevin McLaughlin and Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip in the back row.
In the backs, Brian O'Driscoll resume his centre partnership with Gordon D'Arcy.
Team news Exeter coach Rob Baxter has made two changes in his back division where injuries rule out both Phil Dollman and Gonzalo Camacho. Into the side come Sireli Naqelevuki and Ian Whitten; whilst in the pack Aussie international Dean Mumm is given the nod over James Hanks in the second row.
Welcome! Hello and welcome to Sandy Park for this final round Heineken Cup clash between Exeter and three-time champions Leinster, who know only a bonus point win will keep their chances of defending their title and a Heineken Cup quarter-final place alive.
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