Tuesday 12 December 2017

Blues v Saints clockwatch

4: Scrum Saints in the Leinster half, Nathan Hines steals the ball at the ruck and makes a dash to midfield.

5: Eoin Reddan passes to Jonathan Sexton off the ruck, he kicks too far and it goes over the deadball line.

8: Lee Dickson receives the ball and picks out Jon Clark. He beats his man, holds off the tackle and offloads to Dowson on the line, he gets over and Myler converts.

14: Clark gives away a penalty after he plays the ball on the ground. Sexton converts.

20: Penalty off another Saints scrum and Myler converts.

23: Leo Cullen wins the lineout for Leinster, Shane Horgan gets on the ball passes to Sean O'Brien who switches inside to Brian O'Driscoll. O'Driscoll makes the break but Ben Foden tackles and the centre knocks on trying to offload.

26: Brian Mujati pulls Cian Healy back off the ball, penalty for Leinster, yellow card for Mujati.

30: Foden touches down after another Saints drive, Myler converts.

34: Tom Mercey plays the ball in the ruck illegally, penalty Leinster. Sexton gets a vital three points.

38: Chris Ashton picks from the scrum and drives for the line. Leinster hold him up but Dylan Hartley drives over the line. Myler misses the conversion attempt.


Leinster 6

Northampton 22

43: Reddan feeds Sexton on the right, he passes by Soane Tonga'uiha and goes over for a try. His conversion hits the post but goes over.

47: The tide is turning. Leinster win a penalty off a Saints scrum.

52: Sexton takes the pass off Heaslip, holds off a defender and forces his way over from two metres out. He follows up with the conversion.

55: Penalty Leinster, as Saints stand up in the scrum. Sexton scores again as Leinster's comeback complete.

60: Downey deliberately knocks on. Again Sexton is unerring with the boot.

65: Sean O'Brien pushes for the Saints line. He is stopped short but Nathan Hines picks up and gets down for the try. Sexton converts.

67: Human after all, Sexton misses a penalty.

69: Saints scrum in their own half and get the ball to Foden, he carves through Leinster but eventually is penalised for holding on in the ruck.

71: Sexton kicks the penalty to touch and Leinster lose the lineout. Sean O'Brien gets the ball when he shouldn't and breaks through four Saints tackles. The Saints concede another penalty for handling on the ground.

75: Saints win the scrum and Callum Clarke makes a good break. The ball is dropped but the Saints hang onto it.

79: Leinster lose possession in midfield. Saints knock on, scrum Leinster but it collapses.


Leinster 33

Northampton 22

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