Leinster hammer Cardiff

Updated: December 2, 2011

Leinster were run away winners at the RDS against Cardiff after they finished the game 52-9 with six tries scored by the home side.

The Cardiff Blues kept in touch with the European champions in the first half but Leinster scored 39 points in the second 40 minutes to kill the game for the visiting Welsh.

Leinster were immediately pegged back by three points when they gave away a cheap penalty from a lineout and Ceri Sweeney kicked for the points with 2 minutes played.

Fergus McFadden levelled the score just three minutes later with a penalty and with 9 minutes gone Leinster scored the first try of the game.

The home team piled on the pressure with wave after wave of attack and after Nacewa picked the ball up from Eoin O’Malley’s attempted try, he was taken down, only for Isaac Boss to touch the ball down for five points; McFadden converted the try.

Both teams were cagey in the first half and the try opportunities were few and far between and the first half ended with Cardiff closing the gap to 13-9 thanks to a penalty scored by Sweeney.

Leinster started the second half as they meant to go on when Nathan White ran in for the first try of many but the received a blow ten minutes later when Leo Cullen was shown a yellow card for entering the ruck from the side as Cardiff pushed for a try.

Leinster showed their character in defence and held on despite the absence of Cullen and they got their rewards in the 63rd minute when substitute scrum half Eoin Reddan set up Ian Madigan for the third try of the game.

Dave Kearney scored two tries in three minutes when he got on the end of Sexton’s chipped pass and then two minutes later he profited from Nacewa’s brilliant run as he picked up the ball from the tackled winger and scored his second try.

Leo Auva’a put the icing on the cake in the last minute when his intelligent quickly taken penalty resulted in a try for himself, which Sexton converted.

Fergus McFadden had a great game for Leinster, getting 7 out of 7 of his kicks and continued his good form after kicking 15 points from a possible 15 in Leinster’s last win over Treviso.

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Leinster 52 – 9 Cardiff Blues

Full time

Leinster: McFadden 5min(pen), 10min(conv), 14min(pen) 43min(pen), 46min(conv), 52min (drop), 64min (conv), Boss 9min(try), White 45min(try), Madigan 63min(try), D Kearney, 69min (try), 71min (try), Sexton 72min (conv), 80min (conv), Auva’a 80min (try).
Cardiff: Sweeney 2min(pen), 20min (pen), 40min (pen).

80min TRY to Leinster! Leo Auva’a takes the penalty won from the scrum quickly and sneaks over the line for another try to Leinster. Sexton converts the try and the referee blows the final whistle.
78min Leinster are over the line but their are Cardiff players between the ball and the ground and the ref calls play back for a scrum to Leinster.
77min Leinster relieve the pressure as Cardiff give away a penalty. Sexton kicks the ball way down the field inside Cardiff’s 22 and wins the lineout. Great kick from the Ireland outhalf.
76min Eoin O’Malley kicks the ball down the field but it rolls out fo play and Cardiff have a scrum on Leinster’s 22 metre line.
72min Sexton scores the conversion.
71min TRY to Leinster! Dave Kearney grabs his second try as Cronin breaks free and feeds Rob Kearney who gives the ball to Nacewa. The winger is tackled but Dave Kearney picks the ball up and scores the try.
70min Sexton misses the conversion.
69min TRY to Leinster! Dave Kearney latches on to Nacewa’s brilliant chipped kick and goes over the line for five points. McFadden has also gone off for Rob Kearney.
66min Sykes goes off for Damian Browne and Jonathan Sexton comes on for Ian Madigan.
64min McFadden converts the try and Leo Cullen is back on the field.
63min TRY to Leinster! Reddan has an immediate impact as he sets up Ian Madigan for a try. The Leinster outhalf bursts through the Cardiff defence after Reddan’s pass for the try.
62min A Cardiff player is sin binned and Reddan comes on for Boss as Strauss comes off for Cronin. Sean O’Brien also goes off for Leo Auva’a.
61min Leinster are on the attack now as Nacewa barges his way down the left wing.
59min Scrum to Leinster and the Cardiff players go in too early so the referee awards a penalty to Leinster, which Madigan uses to clear.
58min Leinster hold off the Cardiff pack and win a penalty.
57min Still at the same scrum as Cardiff bring on Michael Paterson for Cory Hill.
55min Scrum to Cardiff just 5 metres from Leinster’s try line. The ref moves the scrum to more solid ground the packs go again.
54min Cardiff are agonisingly close to scoring a try and the referee stops the play to give Leo Cullen a yellow card for entering the ruck from the side.
53min Try-scorer Nathan White comes off for Mike Ross.
52min Leinster drive forward this time and orchestrate a kicking opportunity for McFadden, whose drop goal sails over the bar for three points. Leinster really pulling away here.
50min Cardiff make a bit of a mess of their attack but they have another go and drive forward. Leinster get a penalty after a Cardiff player is penalised for holding on.
48min Richie Rees kicks down field and wins a lineout to Cardiff.
46min McFadden converts the try.
45min TRY to Leinster! Cardiff kick clear through Richie Rees but Leinster attack again. It’s Nathan White who scores the try after he breaks free from the Cardiff defence and dives to put the ball down.
44min Boss’ massive kick down field lets Leinster breath and gives them a platform for an attack.
43min Leinster win a penalty 41 metres out and McFadden makes the kick from the left hand side of the pitch.
41min Madigan gets the game underway again and Leinster win a lineout. Cian Healy has been replaced by Heinke van der Merwe.

Half time The first half ends with Leinster ahead at 13-9 and Cardiff just getting back into the game in the last few minutes. Neither side are really playing great rugby and the scores have mostly come from penalties, bar Boss’ try.

40min+1 Madigan kicks the ball to touch and ends the first half.
40min Sweeney makes the kick and reduces the gap to just 4 points.
39min Cardiff win a penalty inside Leinster’s half and a fight breaks out. It seems Cian Healy was in a offside position as he gets into some after with Cardiff captain Paul Tito.
38min Great tackle by Fionn Carr on Mustoe to prevent an attack down Cardiff’s right wing but the away side are still looking for an opening.
37min Madigan’s cross field kick tries to find Dave Kearney but it’s just too far as Rees shepherds the ball out of play.
35min McFadden kicks to Mustoe who calls a mark and clears the ball but Leinster are straight back down Cardiff’s end as Nacewa charges down another clearance attempt.
34min Leinster win a penalty on their halfway line and Madigan kicks to touch. Leinster win the lineout and look for their second try.
32min The penalty is about 40 metres out and in a central position but the Cardiff out-half misses.
31min Leinster lose the ball in Cardiff’s half and a run from their centre, Laulala, brings the away team into the Leinster half, where they win a penalty which Sweeney will kick.
29min Cardiff unleash a good attacking move but the ref calls play back as one of their passes was forward and Leinster win the scrum.
28min Cardiff relieve the pressure once again after they win a penalty which they kick to touch inside Leinster’s half.
27min A brilliant pass by Boss sends Carr down the wing but Cardiff recover and clear their lines. Lineout to Leinster which they win.
25min Leinster come close to the tryline but Strauss can’t control the ball and the play moves up to the half way line with a lineout to Cardiff.
23min Leinster drive forward a win a penalty which they kick to touch. They’re going to go for the try here.
21min It’s like ping pong at the RDS as the two full backs keep kicking long to each other.
20min Sweeney easily makes the kick and Cardiff pull three back.
19min Fionn Carr makes a good interception but Cardiff win a penalty as Kearney is offside. Sweeney will go for the three points.
18min Cardiff win the ball back as they put Jennings out of play.
17min The throw isn’t straight and Leinster get the put in to the scrum.
16min Cardiff win a penalty from the scrum and go for the lineout.
15min Cardiff attempt to hit back but Sweeney over cooks his kick and the ball goes dead.
14 min McFadden kicks Leinster further into the lead. 13-3 now.
13min Leinster win a penalty after a Cardiff player fails to roll away and McFadden is looking to make it 3 out of 3 so far.
11min Great interception from Leinster as Cardiff are careless in possession and Nacewa carries the ball into Cardiff territory.
10min Fergus McFadden converts the try.
9min TRY to Leinster! It’s Isaac Boss who takes the ball from the grounded Nacewa and gets the 5 points to the delight of the home fans.
9min The home team are just metres away from a try and O’Malley and Nacewa come extremely close as the referee will go to the TMO for clarification.
8min Leinster are on the attack now as they make their way into the Cardiff half, looking for an opening.
7min Richie Rees makes a darting run for a try but the Leinster defence stands strong and relieves the pressure with a kick up the field and a lineout.
6min Cardiff are straight back down Leinster’s throats from the kick off as they successfully win a lineout.
5min The Leinster centre makes no mistake from about 25 metres out and the home team are level.
4min Leinster win a penalty in a good position after a high tackle from a Cardiff player and Fergus McFadden will look to go for the posts here.
2min Leinster give away a soft penalty after they tackle the Cardiff player in the air and Sweeney puts the first three points on the board.
1min We’re underway at the RDS as Ceri Sweeney kicks to Leinster and Cardiff immediately win a lineout in Leinster territory.
0min the home team are firm favourites at 1.19 on Betfair.com but Cardiff have been in good form recently and a defeat of the European champions is at 3.6 for the Blues.

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Leinster team to play Cardiff: 15 Isa Nacewa, 14 David Kearney, 13 Eoin O’Malley, 12 Fergus McFadden, 11 Fionn Carr, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Isaac Boss; 1 Cian Healy, 2 Richardt Strauss, 3 Nathan White, 4 Leo Cullen (capt), 5 Steven Sykes, 6 Rhys Ruddock, 7 Shane Jennings, 8 Sean O’Brien.

Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Mike Ross, 19 Damian Browne, 20 Leo Auva’a, 21 Eoin Reddan, 22 Jonathan Sexton, 23 Rob Kearney.

Cardiff: 15 Chris Czekaj, 14 Richard Mustoe, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Gavin Evans, 11 Tom James, 10 Ceri Sweeney, 9 Richie Rees; 1 John Yapp, 2 Ryan Tyrrell, 3 Taufaao Filise, 4 Cory Hill, 5 Paul Tito (capt), 6 Maama Molitika, 7 Josh Navidi, 8 Xavier Rush.

Replacements: 16 Marc Breeze, 17 Nathan Trevett, 18 Sam Hobbs, 19 Macauley Cook, 20 Michael Paterson, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Gareth Davies, 23 Dafydd Hewitt.

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