Exeter 20 - 29 Leinster

Match info: Rugby Champions Cup at Sandy Park, Exeter

Date: 19/01/2013 KO: 18:00 Att: 10,198

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesClark (17) Penalty (34)ConversionsSteenson  (17, 34)PenaltiesSteenson  (40, 70)



TriesD'Arcy (4) Kearney (28) O'Driscoll (46) Heaslip (53)ConversionsSexton (4, 46, 53)PenaltiesSexton (74)

FT (ht: 17-12)

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  • The ref looks at his watch, and decides that's enough for one evening and blows his whistle. Leinster keep their quarter-final hopes very much alive with tonight's bonus-point win, but boy did they have to work for it!

  • So it's 14 v 14, but Exeter need two scores to win this match. Mumm charges through, but is bumped into touch - time running out for the hosts.

  • YELLOW CARD, LEINSTER. Now replacement Isaac Boss sees yellow, which levels the playing field!

  • PENALTY, LEINSTER. And up steps Sexton to rub further salt into Exeter's wounds the resulting penalty. 20-29!

  • YELLOW CARD, EXETER. Oh dear, trouble for the home team now as Ben White is given his marching orders. The Chiefs down to 14 men!

  • PENALTY, EXETER. Arscott picks up the loose ball, and finds support through Naqelevuki. Leinster offsides, and this time Steenson does go for poles... over it goes! 26-20

  • Once again though, Exeter fail to push for the try despite all the backs running in to help put the shove on. Had Leinster turned the ball over, the hosts would have been in real big trouble!

  • The Chiefs awarded another penalty. Will they go for poles this time? No. Once again, Steenson goes for the corner...

  • Exeter set up a line-out 10m out. Mumm wins it cleanly, and it's that man Naqelevuki who thunders into the blue wave of defenders. The Fijian has been everywhere tonight.

  • Now the Chiefs backs move the ball wide to Luke Arscott, but the full-back can't get passed Luke Fitzgerald. Exeter manage to get the ball back though, and win a penalty after Cullen is pinged for a high tackle.

  • Sexton punts and puts some distance on the ball. Perhaps too much as the ball flies 80m into Exeter's territory, but rolls all the way over the deadball line. Which means the Chiefs will have a scrum from where Sexton punted the ball...

  • So the two packs scrum down as we head into the final quarter of this match. The tempo has certainly slowed down after the break, though one feels an Exeter score will bring this game back to life.

  • Oh dear, the decision has backfired as Exeter cough up possession. Some pushing and shoving going on - the Chiefs getting frustrated.

  • Finally, the men in pink put some phases together and win a penalty. It's in goal distance, but 9 points down, Steenson is instructed to kick for touch and sets up a line-out 15m out from Leinster's line...

  • Exeter have the throw-in at a line-out on half-way. But the ball flies over the top of everybody's heads, and Heaslip cleans it up. The Chiefs losing their way in this match in a big way...

  • CONVERSION, LEINSTER. Sexton once again raises the flags and extends his team's lead. 17-26!

  • TRY, LEINSTER. The visiting forwards, who have dominated the opposition, power ever closer to the Chiefs' line and it's Ireland skipper Jamie Heaslip who finishes off with a try under the sticks. That's the bonus point folks. But the game isn't in the bag just yet...

  • Leinster have clicked into fifth gear following that early second-half try, and will be chasing the all-important bonus point that will help them towards a quarter-final spot.

  • CONVERSION, LEINSTER. Sexton missed his last conversion, but makes no mistake this time round. Leinster back in front! 17-19!

  • TRY, LEINSTER. The visitors force a turnover, and it's captain Leo Cullen who puts his team on the front foot. His fellow forwards arrive in numbers. A couple more phases and it's Cullen on the run again before he hits the deck, pops to O'Driscoll and the veteran dots down for Leinster's third try of the match!


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