Leinster 52 – 27 Bath, Aviva Stadium, 6pm.
80 min FULL TIME All over here at the Aviva. Leinster crush Bath 52-27. Europe watch out
80 min Ben Williams gets over for Bath in the last play of the game
78 min TRY LEINSTER Ian Madigan wraps the game up for Leinster with an easy try. Nacewa nails the con
77 min Game has fizzled out.. However a lovely kick from Kearney puts Leinster on the front foot
76 min TRY BATH Dave Attwood gets over for Bath. Ollie Barkley gets the extras
75 min Bath inches away from the Leinster line
72 min Nice kick and chase comes to nothing for Leinster
70 min Game is becoming a tad messy, mistakes on both sides
69 min Pen to Leinster deep in their 22
67 min More good play from Bath.. The sting has receded from Leinster
65 min Mike Ross is off, replaced by Nathan White
64 min Barkley puts the con over
63 min TRY BATH A rare happy moment for Bath as Stephen Donald gets over
60 min Luke Fitzgerald was over again but the try was disallowed
58 min Leo Cullen off, Kevin McLaughlin on, Sexton is also off, Ian Madigan is on
56 min Sexton tags on the extras
55 min TRY LEINSTER Rhys Ruddock gets another Leinster try after a nice break from Rob Kearney
54 min Bath with their first break of the game and they have just had another player binned Chris Biller pinged for holding an ankle after the ball was free
53 min Sean Cronin, Rhys Ruddock and Gordon D’Arcy all on for Leinster now
52 min Sexton hits the extras. Leinster 38-6 Bath
51 min TRY LEINSTER They do get over, Eoin Redden gets the fifth try for Leinster
50 min Leinster almost over again
49 min Pen to Leinster, Bath down to 14, Sam Besty has been binned
47 min Leinster pinged for holding on at the breakdown
46 min Leinster are enjoying themselves, Cian Healy is on and makes his first barllling run
45 min Small break in play with a few players receiving treatment
43 min Line out for Leinster on halfway
42 min TRY LEINSTER Luke Fitzgearld gets an amazing score. He is back. Sexton nails the extras
41 min The second half is about to get underway.
40 min HALF TIME Leinster lead 24-6 at the break
40 min He pulls it wide.
39 min Sexton has the chance to put Leinster further into the distance
37 min Something you don’t see everyday. A knock on from Sean O’Brien
36 min Scrum on halfway. Leinster have blown away Bath in the opening half
34 min Leo Cullen is back on.. Leinster didn’t really miss him that much!
33 min what a kick. Sexton hits the extras
32 min TRY LEINSTER Jonny Sexton gets his first try of the game after more great work from Luke Fitzgerald
31 min More great work from Heaslip at the breakdown. One of a number of big performances from the men in blue tonight
30 min A massive hit from Strauss halts Bath just as they were getting into Leinster’s 22
28 min Sloppy lineout from Leinster on halfway
26 min A beautiful kick from Sexton brings pay up to near the Bath line
25 min Sexton gets the extras
24 min TRY LEINSTER What a try from Leinster. Great break from Devin Toner..Sweet offload to Kearny who put Luke Fitzgearld clean through
22 min Leo Cullen has been binned for swiping at a Bath player at the breakdown
21 min More like it from Leinster. Good play from O’Malley forces Bath into giving away a pen. Leinster just outside the 22
20 min Bath steal Leinster’s line out but amazing digging by Heaslip wins the ball back
19 min Nice break out wide from Bath. They are on top at the moment
17 min Lovely charge down from Richardt Strauss almost puts Leinster in.. Soild defending from the away side
16 min Isa Nacewa introduces himself to the game with a mazy run. Lovely kick by Sexton brings play right up to the Bath line
14 min He pops it over. 10-6 Leinster
13 min Leinster give away another silly pen and Barkly has another chance to cut the lead
12 min A combination of good defence and sloppy play from Bath sees a chance wasted
11 min Nice play by Bath brings them up to Leinster’s 22
9 min Jonny Sexton with a beautiful drop goal restores Leinster’s 7 point lead
8 min Great break up the middle by Jamie Heaslip comes to nothing. Leinster off their feet and give away pen
7 min Ollie Barkley splits the posts. 7-3 Leinster
6 min Bath win a pen and have a chance to pull the score to within four
5 min Bath win the restart but give away a silly pen. Scrum Leinster
4 min Sexton nails the extras Leinster 7-0 Bath
3 min TRY LEINSTER.. Rob Kearney gets the first score of the game. Leinster have raced out the blocks
2 min Sexton hits the bar
1 min First break of the game.. lovely run by Fergus McFadden.. Bath concede pen
1 min Nice long hanging kick.. well fielded by Bath1 min Jonny Sexton to get the game underway
0 min Bath have just taken to the field to a less than full house.. and here come Leinster
0 min We are live at the Aviva for Leinster v Bath. It should be a great game. My predication is Leinster by 10.
0min It has been billed as a ‘Christmas cracker’ and both Leinster and Bath will be trying to live up to that billing when the two sides meet at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday evening in the pool stages of the Heineken Cup, kick off 6.00pm.
Despite last weekend’s five point win in Bath, Joe Schmidt knows that his side could and should have won by more. A number of clear cut chances from the likes of Sean O’Brien and Rob Kearney were not converted at The Rech which left the defending champions holding on at times during the eighty minutes.
That been said Schmidt will be looking forward to Saturday’s game knowing that his side are playing well and creating opportunities. Leinster played well in patches last week and will need to put together a more complete performance in front of an expectant crowd at the Aviva.
Leinster have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game which should mean a similar starting 15 to the one that got the job done last weekend. A lot of eyes will be on Sean O’ Brien after some rather choice comments were made in an English newspaper about the ‘Tullow Tank’ and his actions at the breakdown.
Speaking ahead of the game Joe Schmidt knows his side have to be more clinical this weekend “We want to be a lot more accurate to make sure we finish opportunities that we create. “The frustration was that we couldn’t get the ball over their line. (last weekend) We appeared to have a couple of gilt-edged chances”.
Bath will take heart from their display against Leinster, however Sir Ian McGeechan knows just how difficult Saturday will be, in a game that his side must win to stay in the competition.
“ Leinster have got huge experience and they have got good players in key positions. When you win Europeans Cups, that’s what you get. You know how to do it, you’ve been there before, and so it grows.
“They bided their time very well, and that is experience. That is a good team with good players reading the situation well.”
One has the feeling that if Bath were ever going to beat Leinster it was last weekend. It is hard to fathom that Leinster will be as sloppy as they were at times last weekend and they are selected to win on Saturday night.
Leinster over 12.5 points is a good bet and should be backed.