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Leinster v Northampton Saints - Live

Last updated: 14th December 2013  

Full Time Full-time: Leinster 9-18 Northampton

TRY80 TRY, NORTHAMPTON, ELLIOTT! What a finish we have had in Dublin. Leinster had countless phases of ball on the Northampton try-line but a spillage was snapped up by Elliott, who raced the length. Unreal!

Drop Goal79 DROP-GOAL, NORTHAMPTON, FOTUALI'I! 9-13! A great strike at a vital time from the Samoan number nine.

78 Another penalty goes the way of the Saints and from a similar position, Myler this time goes for the sideline. It's time to drive a maul off this line-out surely? That's what they do, twelve metres out.

76 Oh my word that is ugly. Myler has missed a 45 metre penalty attempt on the angle after Jennings was penalised for offside. But, luckily for Northampton, O'Driscoll's clearing kick is also a shocker.

Penalty73 PENALTY, LEINSTER, MADIGAN! 9-10! Hartley this time is penalised at a ruck. The lead is back to one.

72 Top defence from North as he drifts across four Leinster attackers, forcing Zane Kirchner into touch. Saints eventually clear to halfway but they will be under the cosh once more as Leinster come again.

68 Another positive moment for Northampton as Fotuali'i now wins a breakdown penalty 40 metres from his own line, just when Leinster were on the charge. Net result, Myler pushes the hosts back downfield.

Penalty65 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER! 6-10! Scrum offence and skipper Hartley this time points to the posts.

63 What a slip pass from North in midfield as he hands it to Pisi on the charge into the 22. However, an attacking line-out soon after sees Hartley's throw called not straight. The drama continues in Dublin.

60 Now it's Saints fronting up in defence as they win a breakdown penalty at a key time in their half.

58 Will these errors come back to cost Northampton? This time Burrell loses it forward close to halfway.

57 Leinster have weathered that mini storm then in this absorbing European fixture. Now, it's home ball on halfway which leads to Fitzgerald slicing through to the 22...but he's soon pinged for holding on.

54 Garces has that one wrong I'm afraid. He says Manoa lost the ball forward when it clearly went back. One change to mention for Northampton as Mallinder chooses to take off Dickson for Kahn Fotuali'i.

52 The line-out is pulled down by Leinster so it's another penalty for Northampton, just five metres out.

51 But soon after Hartley and his pack win a much-needed penalty that is kickable. Wow, he snubs three.

48 That's a quite superb touch-finding kick from Myler off a penalty, taking his side five metres out. Northampton throw from close-range then...but at the ensuing phase Hartley holds on in the tackle.

Penalty46 PENALTY, LEINSTER, MADIGAN! 6-7! It's a one-point ball game. Leinster are rewarded for that passage.

44 Northampton are holding on for dear life right now as Leinster have a free play just ten metres out.

42 Terrible mistake from Dickson as he spills a ball soon after the restart so it's an early opportunity for Leinster in the red zone. Plenty of phases being racked up here. Big moment early in this half.

41 Welcome back to Aviva Stadium where it's Northampton ahead in a surprising scoreline after last week.

Half Time Half-time: Leinster 3-7 Northampton

40 Oh dear. Myler has missed a penalty attempt and it was a bad miss. With that it's the end of the half.

38 This will be pleasant viewing for Mallinder as Leinster's backline misfires on halfway, which results in the ball flying into touch on the home ten-metre. Hartley to throw, in a safe spot territorially.

35 Things liven up now. A great kick again from full-back Kearney, this time a grubber downfield, sees Fitzgerald chasing after it. The ball rolls into touch though and the Saints eventually kick clear.

33 Rob Kearney replies with a massive kick though that pushes Saints back. It's quiet at Aviva Stadium.

32 Dickson doesn't really get good purchase on his clearing kick soon after. Leinster line-out, 30 out, but that, luckily for the visitors, leads to a handling error. Leinster seem to be missing O'Brien.

30 Nothing comes of that passage though and in fact the Saints are now the ones doing the defending as Myler's pass is called forward by Garces. Leinster to put in then on the halfway line, centre-field.

28 They go through the phases now with some patient rugby being shown by the English side. Fifteen out.

26 No try. Cronin has been penalised for obstruction though so it's another five metre line-out coming.

25 Almost another try for the Welsh wing but he might get another opportunity soon as Northampton set up an attacking line-out five metres out. They drive it on and are over the line. Time for the TMO here.

24 But the Irish side soon find their rhythm as their offloading game sees them pierce the midfield. But this time a turnover saves the Saints who regroup and slow down the game before North is on his bike!

21 Wonderful rugby from Northampton again as they go all out through Lawes and North on the 22. However, a fumble from Clark ultimately brings an end to that attack ten metres out. Leinster look shocked.

19 Plenty of kicking just now before it ends with Leinster going off their feet on halfway. Myler will look for touch, with the Saints surely delighted with how they have responded to last week's defeat.

17 Day combines with Lawes on halfway before the ball goes high to the Leinster 22. The Irish side come through that unscathed and in fact could have been away on the right had Sean Cronin caught the ball.

13 This is great kicking from Myler and then Ken Pisi as Northampton look to pin Leinster in their 22.

Penalty12 PENALTY, LEINSTER, MADIGAN! 3-7! Leinster respond after Manoa is penalised by referee Jerome Garces.

9 Leinster come storming back though as Fitzgerald breaks down the left wing. More territory for them.

Conversion7 CONVERSION, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER! 0-7! No mistake from the Saints number ten. We have ourselves a game.

TRY6 TRY, NORTHAMPTON, NORTH! 0-5! He was. No card, just a penalty and the Saints snub the three as they instead opt for the line-out. It soon comes wide to the Welsh finisher, who crashes over the line!

5 Mistake from Jennings though halts Leinster and here come Northampton with purpose down the left. It is Collins racing down the wing, grubbering ahead and surely he's taken out by Rob Kearney? TMO time.

3 Leinster are trying things early on here as Ian Madigan goes cross-field from a penalty on his 22. McCarthy is now involved, showing his power in midfield. Leinster on the charge then over halfway.

0 Here we go then with Stephen Myler kicking off for Northampton to his right. Knock-on by Calum Clark.

0 Saints will play at the Aviva Stadium for the first time on Saturday evening, with Salesi Ma'afu, Christian Day and Calum Clark all returning to the starting XV for the clash with the three-time Heineken Cup champions. Ma'afu has recovered from the foot injury which kept him out of last weekend's game, while Day and Clark come in for Sam Dickinson and Phil Dowson, who drop to the bench. They will be joined by Kahn Fotuali'i, who comes into the match day squad in place of Ryan Glynn.

0 Leinster have suffered an injury blow before their Heineken Cup clash with Northampton with the news that Sean O'Brien has failed a fitness test. Shane Jennings starts while Kevin McLaughlin comes onto the bench. Jamie Heaslip leads an all-Ireland team for the return visit of Northampton. Mike McCarthy continues his second row partnership with Devin Toner and the Moynalvey man is set to make his 31st Heineken Cup appearance.

0 Hello and welcome to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin as Northampton look to salvage some pride after last weekend's mauling by Leinster in Pool 1 of the Heineken Cup.

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