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- Guinness PRO12
- 4th Jan 2013
- KO 19:35
- Ground: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
- Att: 3,821
RaboDirect PRO12: Jonny Sexton stars for Leinster in their win over Edinburgh
Jonathan Sexton scored 16 points as Leinster enjoyed a comfortable bonus-point 31-16 victory away at Edinburgh in the Rabodirect Pro 12.
Ireland international fly-half Sexton scored a try and added four conversions and a penalty at Murrayfield, while Leinster also scored through a penalty try and scores for Gordon D'Arcy and Ian Madigan.
Edinburgh had taken the lead through the first of two Greig Laidlaw penalties, but they were never in front again after Sexton had levelled matters after 19 minutes for play-off chasing Leinster.
The European champions went in front with their penalty try on 34 minutes, which Sexton converted, after Dave Denton was sent to the sin-bin for pulling down a maul.
With a man advantage, things got even better for the visitors two minutes before the break when the home defence was stretched to breaking point and Sexton fired out a long pass to D'Arcy who strolled over.
Sexton's conversion extended the lead to 14 points although Laidlaw landed a second penalty for the hosts with the final play of the first half for a 17-6 interval scoreline.
Edinburgh lost Stuart McInally and Tim Visser through injury but they clawed their way back into the game when Piers Francis landed a drop-goal.
But Leinster struck back with a simple move that carved open the home defence, Sexton exchanging passes with Shane Jennings before galloping in at the corner and slotting the conversion to extinguish any hopes of an Edinburgh fightback.
Nevertheless, the hosts rang the changes and appeared set to score when Jamie Heaslip played in the ball in a ruck a couple of metres shy of the Leinster line, earning a yellow card for his trouble.
Yet, even while operating a man short, the visitors secured the bonus point try with a multi-phase move that ended with Madigan slicing through to touch down beside the posts and leave Sexton a simple conversion.
Edinburgh had the final word and rounded off a disappointing evening with a flourish.
Nel earned plaudits when he thundered over from 40 metres five minutes from the end and Francis booted the extra two points, although even that effort failed to tarnish the gloss on Leinster's four-try show.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:40||Glasgow Warriors vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Ospreys vs Scarlets|
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:00||Zebre vs Treviso|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Dragons vs Cardiff Blues|
|17:00||Connacht vs Munster|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Zebre|
|14:40||Leinster vs Ulster|
|17:05||Scarlets vs Ospreys|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:35||Connacht vs Edinburgh|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:40||Cardiff Blues vs Leinster|
|15:00||Zebre vs Munster|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Ulster|
|16:00||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Wednesday 14th January|
|TBC||Leinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Connacht|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Ulster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Zebre vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Munster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 21st February|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Connacht|
|TBC||Leinster vs Zebre|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ulster|
|Friday 26th December|
|Ulster 13 - 10 Connacht|
|Munster 28 - 13 Leinster|
|Cardiff Blues 17 - 23 Dragons|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Dragons 25 - 11 Zebre|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Ospreys 31 - 20 Ulster|
|Glasgow Warriors 21 - 18 Munster|
|Friday 19th December|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 9 Scarlets|
|Edinburgh 48 - 0 Treviso|
|Leinster 21 - 11 Connacht|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Glasgow Warriors 19 - 15 Dragons|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Connacht 14 - 8 Scarlets|
|Leinster 18 - 12 Ospreys|
|Zebre 18 - 10 Edinburgh|
|Friday 28th November|
|Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 Treviso|
|Munster 21 - 20 Ulster|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster|
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
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