Seven-try Leinster beat Northampton Saints 16-43

Ruben Hill
December 9, 2019

A penalty kick from Dan Biggar put the Premiership side into the lead but it was short-lived as Rhys Ruddock crossed the whitewash in the 16th minute followed by a conversion from Sexton making the scoreline 10-14.

The Ross Byrne, Luke McGrath and Ed Byrne replacements sealed a comfortable victory for last year's Champions Cup runners-up against a Saints team that never gave up until the last minutes.

Leinster got their first try after just two and a half minutes.

They sent out a statement of intent, as James Lowe went over in the second minute.

Clean line-out ball enabled Saints to respond as Ahsee Tuala and Teimana Harrison made big carries through the middle and, when the move swept left, quick hands ended with Tuala diving over in the right corner.

Hello and welcome to live text commentary of this third round, pool one game between Northampton Saints and Leinster from Franklin's Gardens.

Leinster's defence held firm as Northampton cranked up the intensity but a series of handling errors at key moments proved costly, while even giant wing Taqele Naiyaravoro was unable to make any impression. The ball eventually found Cian Healy after several phases who touched down. However, to compound matters worse Saints had their captain Alex Waller was given a yellow card for a pushing offence.

"We know we're going to have to be on form to stop them and we're going to have to try to stop their momentum".

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