Rugby Seven-try Leinster put 50 on Northampton as Leo Cullen’s men book place in Champions Cup quarter-final

Rugby This is another magnificent add-on.


Rugby Dave Kearney scored one of Leinster's seven tries in the 50-21 win over Northampton Saints. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Dave Kearney scored one of Leinster’s seven tries in the 50-21 win over Northampton Saints. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Not quite a Christmas cracker then, but more of a turkey shoot as, for the second week running, Leinster ruthlessly flexed their muscles to easily dispose of Northampton Saints.

The writing was on the wall before a ball was even kicked in this one as the visitors opted to make eight changes from last week’s defeat, yet the ease with which Leinster tore Northampton to shreds was not a good look for the Premiership leaders.

That’s not Leinster’s problem however, and they will head into the Christmas break with the pool’s top spot already secured.

Their mission now is to secure as high a seeding as possible and barring a major upset or two against Benetton (away) or Lyon (home), they will march into the quarter-finals as the highest ranked team.

Leo Cullen’s men were at their fluid best at times and Saints had no answer to their pace and power.

Jordan Larmour and James Lowe linked brilliantly throughout a bitterly cold evening at the Aviva Stadium where a crowd of 42,041 were treated to some scintillating rugby.

The only negative was Ross Byrne being forced off after taking a knock to the leg in the second-half. The out-half looked okay to continue but with Johnny Sexton facing a spell out, Cullen wisely didn’t take any chances.

The bonus point was wrapped up as early as the 35th minute and after that, it was all about damage limitation for the English outfit, whose indiscipline let them down.

Two first-half yellow cards had them playing with 13 players for a brief period, but even before that, Leinster had cranked up the pressure.

Garry Ringrose’s two early tries set his side on their way, with Tadhg Furlong and Dave Kearney sealing the bonus point. Ringrose would later score his second hat-trick of this season’s tournament

These add-ons are quite unbelievable.

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