ALL THINGS IRELAND: LEINSTER 34-3 CARDIFF BLUES
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Saturday, April 7, 2012

LEINSTER 34-3 CARDIFF BLUES

Rob Kearney scored two tries
Leinster are into the Heineken Cup semi-finals again after a comrehensive defeat of Welsh side Cardiff Blues 34 points to 3, scoring four tries in the process.



Ironically, it was Cardiff who opened the scoring at Dublin's splendid Aviva stadium with a penalty by Leigh Half-Penny.

It proved to be their only score of the entire game as Leinster sprang into life with a Jonathon Sexton penalty on 8 mins.
Ica Nacewa then finished off a fine move by the Leinster backs to score in the corner, converted by Sexton.

The Irish provincial side dominated upfront to lay the platform for good posession and full-back Rob Kearney ran in under the posts for a second Leinster try on half an hour, converted again by Sexton.

Cardiff were being totally out-played by the reigning Champions and Brian O'Driscoll scored a welcome try for him, having been out for the Six-Nations after shoulder surgery, Ireland's talisman clearly enjoyed the moment.
Sexton's conversion made it 27-3 to Leinster coming up to half-time.

Cardiff Blues had a mountain to climb and they changed tack in the second-half playing tap and go rugby in a bid to get an early try to get back into the match.
Leinster showed their defensive mettle and put the game well out of reach 6 minutes into the half with another fine move ending in a second try of the game for Rob Kearney.
Sexton made it four conversions out of four to open up a 31 point gap.

Cardiff, to their credit, never gave up and kept attacking the Leinster line, they almost breached it through Matthew Jenkins, but the Video ref adjudged that the ball had slipped from his hand an inch from the line.

Cruel luck on the Welshmen and that was as close as they got to a score in the second-half as Leinster ran out impressive winners of an entertaining game.

Man of the Match: Rob Kearney

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