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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 1
- 17th Jan 2014
- KO 20:00
- Ground: The Greenyards
- Att: 18,200
Leinster v Ospreys - Live
80 FULL TIME: LEINSTER 36-3 OSPREYS
80 That's it! Leinster win easily. The game was essentially over when Evans saw red. Leinster top the group and have done everything they could to get a home quarter-final. Thanks for joining us, cheers!
79 It' a comedy of errors as bodies fly in all directions to try dot down a loose ball that spills out of the back of a scrum and is hacked ahead by Murphy. The TMO says no try.
77 The scoreline isn't really fair on Ospreys, who have fought gallantly. Leinster continue to twist the knife though, looking to finish with a flourish.
75 TRY, LEINSTER, BOSS. 36-3. That's the best try of the night as the dam wall finally breaks. Excellent work from Fitzgerald to set up the replacement scrum-half, who has an easy run-in. The conversion is missed.
73 CONVERSION, GOPPERTH. 31-3.
72 TRY, LEINSTER, MURPHY. 29-3. At last the Opsreys resistance is broken and that's the bonus-point try. An excellent finish from Jordi Murphy from close range.
70 Richardt Strauss is on the field for Leinster and is bumped into touch with his first touch of the ball. Someone needs to start running straight for Leinster.
68 It's one-way traffic at the RDS. Ospreys continue to defend bravely but the waves of Leinster runners keep coming.
66 Leinster let another chance slip. Eoin Reddan has the ball bumped from his hands by Morgan in the act of diving over the tryline under the posts.
63 CONVERSION, GOPPERTH. 24-3. One more try to go and Leinster will have the five pool points they want.
62 PENALTY TRY, LEINSTER. 22-3. Another big maul from Leinster marches forward. Tipuric comes in from the side at the last moment...it's an easy decision for the ref.
60 A great opportunity here for Leinster as they attack from a 5m line-out after Gopperth finds touch from a penalty.
58 Ospreys are penalised under the posts for holding on. Kirchner spots a gap at the back, takes it quickly and sends a long kick into space. Habberfield gets back but doesn't make it past halfway on the counter before being shut down.
56 Biggar kicks for the corner from a penalty. Could the first points of the half come from the 14-man visitors? Adam Jones throws into the line-out and here come the men in white!
54 Leinster are making very hard work of this. Heaslip spills one out wide to allow Ospreys to get out of their half and then O'Driscoll kicks it out on the full meaning Ospreys are now camped in Leinster territory.
51 Tyler Ardron charges off the uncontested scrum and makes 15m - that's not great from Shane Jennings. Biggar puts ball to boot to give the visitors some breathing room. Gopperth heads to the blood bin with a nasty cut to his head.
50 Oh! Leinster have butchered a try here. Gordon D'Arcy started it all with a scything break, Kirchner bolts for the corner before offloading to Dave Kearney, who knocks on with the tryline begging.
48 Leinster have been a bit sloppy at the start of this second half. First Gopperth, then Fitzgerald and now D'Arcy drops the ball under no pressure, getting ahead of themselves. MORE injury issues for Ospreys as Scott Baldwin is forced off...that's both Ospreys hookers as Hibbard was lost at half time. We'll have uncontested scrums.
45 Leinster have their first chance to attack from a line-out but Reddan over-elaborates and sends his chip ahead straight into touch. We'll forgive him, he has been excellent otherwise. An early change for Leinster as Zane Kirchner comes on at full-back.
43 Promising early stuff from Ospreys, who are clearly ready to put up a fight. Aisea Natoga is tackled into touch on the Leinster 22.
41 Here we go for the second half as Gopperth kicks us off. For your info, Northampton are leading 3-0 over Castres.
40 HALF TIME: LEINSTER 17-3 OSPREYS
40 That's it for the first half. Leinster are half way to their bonus point win. It's hard to imagine the two tries required not coming in the second half. We'll be back in ten.
39 CONVERSION, GOPPERTH. 17-3. The result is in no doubt now...
38 TRY, LEINSTER, HEALY. 15-3. The resistance from Ospreys is powerful but the waves of bug runners finally break the dam wall...Healy stretches out to score Leinster's second.
35 Unreal! Gopperth breaks clear but is denied a try under the sticks by great defence from Rhys Webb and Sam Davies. Gopperth thought he'd scored but put the ball down on a boot..!
34 CONVERSION, GOPPERTH. 10-3. Easy extras for the Leinster fly-half.
32 PENALTY TRY, LEINSTER. 8-3. A massive rolling maul from Leinster rumbles almost 30m upfield. There is nothing Ospreys can do except collapse it...ref Romain Poite has no choice.
30 You'd never believe it, but Ospreys are plying the pressure inside the Leinster half. The Welshmen are breathing fire...but how long can they maintain this intensity?
28 The Ospreys are impressive on defence. Richard Hibbard has put in some thundering hits. More injury problems for the visitors though as Ryan Jones if forced off. Lloyd Peers comes on.
26 Penalty against Toner and Healy after the line-out as Leinster try to start the maul. That's a waste.
24 Scrum penalty against Ospreys. Gopperth sticks it into the corner...and so the chase for the bonus point begins.
22 It's hard to see the Ospreys competing with a man down for an hour. The Leinster scrum is marching forward against the weakened Ospreys pack.
20 RED CARD, OSPREYS, EVANS. It took a while to find the evidence, but it looks pretty damning. Evans stomped on McCarthy's head in a maul - the decision is totally understandable.
19 A halt in play here as the video ref has a look at possible foul play. Mike McCarthy got his head stamped on...a red card is possible please.
18 Leinster are winning the scrum battle, going forward at every engagement. They win a free kick this time and Heaslip takes it quickly. Very good defence from Ryan Jones and Alun-Wyn Jones again to force the turnover. A bit of kick-tennis follows and Rhys Webb can dot down despite the crowd's claims that he carried it over.
15 Superb rugby on display here. A great counter attack from Osprey sees Alun-Wyn Jones break inside his own half to put Natoga clear. The speedster is pulled down on the Leinster 22 and forced to hold on.
13 PENALTY, OSPREYS, BIGGAR. 3-3. It bounces over off the crossbar but they all count. Great long-range effort from Biggar - that's 21 from 21 kicks in Europe this season!!
11 All the attacking intent coming from Leinster at the moment but Ospreys are defending well. Eoin Reddan is looking very sharp.
9 PENALTY, LEINSTER, GOPPERTH. 3-0. Scrum penalty against Adam Jones. Easy three points for the home fly-half.
8 The Ospreys' injury woes get worse as Ben John is forced off. Matthew Morgan comes on.
7 Leinster are looking dangerous with ball in hand. Jimmy Gopperth in particular has found a few gaps already. Ryan Jones forces a turnover though so we'll scrum down 8m from the Ospreys line.
5 Leinster on the attack off a line-out after Ospreys full-back Sam Davies sees a punt go off the side of his boot. The ball is lost in centre field though as Biggar rips it from Cronin's hands.
3 Ospreys looking good early on. Ryan Jones makes a good carry. Eventually Aisea Natoga is bumped into touch. Leinster kick after the line-out, sparking a bit of tennis...Rob Kearney finds touch deep in Ospreys territory.
1 Here we go! Dan Biggar kicks us off. It goes deep to Heaslip, who takes it cleanly. Gopperth clears and Ospreys look to attack from halfway.
The players are on the field. Hold onto your seats, kick-off is approaching!
Alun-Wyn Jones skippers an Ospreys side whose chances of progression in the tournament are over. It is a strong pack, with Adam Jones, Ian Evans and Richard Hibbard also named in the tight five, while Justin Tipuric starts on the openside. Promising youngster Sam Davies is at full-back, while prolific Canadian winger Jeff Hassler continues on the right wing.
There are four changes to the Leinster pack that started in the hard fought away win in Castres last weekend. Props Cian Healy and Martin Moore come into the starting XV along with Rhys Ruddock and Shane Jenning joining the loose trio in place of Kevin McLaughlin and try scorer against Castres, Jordi Murphy. Fit again hooker Richardt Strauss is named on the bench.
Leinster, four points clear of Northampton Saints in Pool 1, kick-off with the fewest points of all the pool leaders. But with Ulster, Toulouse and Toulon all playing away from home in Round 6, the Irish province hope to lay down a marker. To do that they must once again get the better of Ospreys having won 19-9 at the Liberty Stadium in Round 1.
Hello and welcome to the RDS in Dublin where Leinster need just one point to be assured of top spot in Pool 1 but will be gunning for all five in the hope of securing a quarter-final on home soil. The Ospreys are looking to avoid their lowest finish in the Heineken Cup for a decade having managed just one win from their previous five games.
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