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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 1
- 17th Jan 2014
- KO 20:00
- Ground: The Greenyards
- Att: 18,200
Heineken Cup Pool 1: Leinster cruise past Ospreys to reach quarter-finals
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Leinster secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup with a 36-3 bonus-point victory over Ospreys at the RDS.
Needing just a match point to top Pool 1, Leinster always looked set to qualify against the struggling Ospreys, but the visitors did themselves no favours when Ian Evans was sent off for stamping in a maul after 19 minutes.
The scores were locked at 3-3 at the time but Leinster went on to score two penalty tries with further scores from Cian Healy, Jordi Murphy and Isaac Boss. Jimmy Gopperth kicked four conversions and a penalty.
Gopperth and Dan Biggar swapped penalties in the first 13 minutes, the visitors keeping edgy Leinster at bay until a penalty try and Healy's score shortly before half-time.
It was far from vintage stuff from the Irish province, who were error-strewn at times, and they finally added to their 17-3 lead with a penalty try past the hour mark.
Richardt Strauss' return from recent heart surgery was warmly applauded, before fellow replacements Murphy and Boss touched down to close out the bonus point win.
The accurate kicking of scrum halves Eoin Reddan and Rhys Webb was an early feature, as both sides went the aerial route.
Amid some crunching hits, man-of-the-match Healy bore a hole in the Ospreys defence and a strong Leinster scrum was rewarded by three points from Gopperth's boot.
Already hampered by injuries in the back-line, the Ospreys lost the services of centre John but gritty work at the breakdown allowed Biggar to level matters - with the aid of the crossbar.
Aisea Natoga's smart break was foiled by Gopperth's penalty-winning contribution at the ensuing ruck, although the Welsh region continued to look nothing a team lying bottom of the pool.
Their task grew significantly harder when Evans was picked out by referee Romain Poite and TMO Laurent Valin for stamping on McCarthy on the ground as the Ospreys mauled forward.
The match officials agreed there was deliberate contact with McCarthy's head and the red card was produced, with the bloodied Leinster lock having to be replaced.
It was a real dog-fight up front and Leinster struggled to make their numerical advantage count as the Ospreys - despite also having to replace the influential Jones - battled for every ball.
That was until the 33rd minute when a monster lineout maul was collapsed illegally near the Ospreys line and Poite awarded a penalty try which Gopperth converted.
Biggar then got back to deny the New Zealander, positioning his leg so that Gopperth was unable to touch down under the posts following an eye-catching Martin Moore run.
But Leinster did register their second try before the break, the defensive workload taking its toll on the visitors as electric prop Healy muscled over from close range.
Gopperth converted and further injuries to Ospreys hooker Richard Hibbard and his replacement Scott Baldwin led to uncontested scrums with half-an-hour remaining.
Leinster's hunt for more tries stuttered as a Dave Kearney effort was cancelled out for a knock-on and handling errors ruined a couple of Luke Fitzgerald-inspired attacks.
The scrum became a factor again upon Marc Thomas' introduction and Ryan Bevington's move to hooker, and Leinster used to the set piece to earn their second penalty try - Webb deliberately infringing as the home pack powered up to the line.
The third try of the night was converted by Gopperth and his half-back partner Reddan just lost control of possession - under pressure from Matthew Morgan - as Leinster hunted for the fourth.
It arrived with eight minutes left as Boss' short feed was finished off by young back rower Murphy for his second try in as many European games, and Boss then gobbled up Fitzgerald's inviting pass for the fifth.
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|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|Friday 17th October|
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Castres|
|Saturday 18th October|
|13:00||Sale vs Munster|
|15:15||Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne|
|19:45||Leicester vs Ulster|
|15:15||Glasgow vs Bath|
|17:15||Racing Metro 92 vs Northampton|
|Sunday 19th October|
|17:15||Leinster vs Wasps|
|15:15||Toulon vs Scarlets|
|13:00||Toulouse vs Montpellier|
|13:00||Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso|
|Friday 24th October|
|19:45||Munster vs Saracens|
|Saturday 25th October|
|13:00||Ulster vs Toulon|
|19:45||Scarlets vs Leicester|
|15:15||Bath vs Toulouse|
|17:15||Montpellier vs Glasgow|
|17:15||Northampton vs Ospreys|
|Sunday 26th October|
|13:00||Clermont Auvergne vs Sale|
|15:00||Castres vs Leinster|
|17:15||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|17:15||Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92|
|Saturday 6th December|
|TBC||Munster vs Clermont Auvergne|
|TBC||Sale vs Saracens|
|TBC||Castres vs Wasps|
|TBC||Harlequins vs Leinster|
|TBC||Ulster vs Scarlets|
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