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Sunday, December 11, 2011

LEINSTER EDGE OUT BATH 18-13 IN THE HEINEKEN CUP

Heineken Cup holders Leinster had to rely on the boot of Jonny Sexton to get the upper-hand over English-side Bath at The Rec on Sunday.

The young out-half kicked six penalties out of seven to ensure the away side a valuable and deserved victory by 18 points to 13.

However, Leinster were very wasteful with the ball and squandered three clear try-scoring chances in the game.
The worst of those came from the normally excellent Sean O'Brien when he was metres from the try-line and with a three-man overlap, he chose to go it alone instead of passing the ball outside for a certain try.

England wing Matt Banahan then barged over Leinster's line which put them in the lead with Ollie Barkley's conversion on 65 mins.
Luckily, Joe Smidt's team, especially Sexton, held their nerve to close out the win as Bath's captain, Francois Louw conceded loose penalties under pressure from the Leinster forwards.

Leinster top the Group with a home game against Ian McGeechan's side at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin next weekend.


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