Leinster 9 - 18 Northampton

Match info: Heineken Cup at The Greenyards

Date: 14/12/2013 KO: 18:00 Att: 48,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Leinster

PenaltiesMadigan (11, 46, 73)

9
vs
18

Northampton

TriesNorth (7) Elliott (80)ConversionsMyler (7)PenaltiesMyler (65)Drop GoalsFotuali'i (79)

FT (ht: 3-7)

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  • Full-time: Leinster 9-18 Northampton

  • TRY, NORTHAMPTON, ELLIOTT! What a finish we have had in Dublin. Leinster had countless phases of ball on the Northampton try-line but a spillage was snapped up by Elliott, who raced the length. Unreal!

    80
  • DROP-GOAL, NORTHAMPTON, FOTUALI'I! 9-13! A great strike at a vital time from the Samoan number nine.

    79
  • Another penalty goes the way of the Saints and from a similar position, Myler this time goes for the sideline. It's time to drive a maul off this line-out surely? That's what they do, twelve metres out.

    78
  • Oh my word that is ugly. Myler has missed a 45 metre penalty attempt on the angle after Jennings was penalised for offside. But, luckily for Northampton, O'Driscoll's clearing kick is also a shocker.

    76
  • PENALTY, LEINSTER, MADIGAN! 9-10! Hartley this time is penalised at a ruck. The lead is back to one.

    73
  • Top defence from North as he drifts across four Leinster attackers, forcing Zane Kirchner into touch. Saints eventually clear to halfway but they will be under the cosh once more as Leinster come again.

    72
  • Another positive moment for Northampton as Fotuali'i now wins a breakdown penalty 40 metres from his own line, just when Leinster were on the charge. Net result, Myler pushes the hosts back downfield.

    68
  • PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, MYLER! 6-10! Scrum offence and skipper Hartley this time points to the posts.

    65
  • What a slip pass from North in midfield as he hands it to Pisi on the charge into the 22. However, an attacking line-out soon after sees Hartley's throw called not straight. The drama continues in Dublin.

    63
  • Now it's Saints fronting up in defence as they win a breakdown penalty at a key time in their half.

    60
  • Will these errors come back to cost Northampton? This time Burrell loses it forward close to halfway.

    58
  • Leinster have weathered that mini storm then in this absorbing European fixture. Now, it's home ball on halfway which leads to Fitzgerald slicing through to the 22...but he's soon pinged for holding on.

    57
  • Garces has that one wrong I'm afraid. He says Manoa lost the ball forward when it clearly went back. One change to mention for Northampton as Mallinder chooses to take off Dickson for Kahn Fotuali'i.

    54
  • The line-out is pulled down by Leinster so it's another penalty for Northampton, just five metres out.

    52
  • But soon after Hartley and his pack win a much-needed penalty that is kickable. Wow, he snubs three.

    51
  • That's a quite superb touch-finding kick from Myler off a penalty, taking his side five metres out. Northampton throw from close-range then...but at the ensuing phase Hartley holds on in the tackle.

    48
  • PENALTY, LEINSTER, MADIGAN! 6-7! It's a one-point ball game. Leinster are rewarded for that passage.

    46
  • Northampton are holding on for dear life right now as Leinster have a free play just ten metres out.

    44
  • Terrible mistake from Dickson as he spills a ball soon after the restart so it's an early opportunity for Leinster in the red zone. Plenty of phases being racked up here. Big moment early in this half.

    42

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