Leinster put the rest of Europe on notice as the ruthlessly crushed Bath their Heineken Cup pool match at the Aviva Stadium by a scoreline of 52-27
The Heineken Cup champions came out of the traps and after Jonny Sexton hit the bar within the opening two minutes, Rob Kearney set the game alight with the first try of the game. The score came after some good work from the Leinster forwards and after some neat handwork Kearney barged his way over the line to send the home fans wild with delight.
Bath came back into the game and with Sexton and Ollie Barkley exchanging penalties they looked at times like they were going to cause Leinster trouble. The sin binning of Leinster captain Leo Cullen, for a swipe, gave Bath the perfect platform, however Leinster went into overdrive.
Luke Fitzgearld got the second try of the game after lock Devin Toner made a darting break up the middle. Toner offloaded to Rob Kearney, who was sharp in the opening 40, Kearney delayed his pass ever so slightly which allowed Fitzgerald to race onto it and go over.
Things got even better for Leinster when the bagged their third try of the half. Once again Luke Fitzgerald was at the heart of things. His break up the left opened Bath up and his neat pass to fly half Sexton, who was also excellent in the first half, put the No 10 in the clear to score.
Leinster started the second half as they ended the first, and they futher extended their lead two minutes after the break when Luke Fitzgerald grabbed his second of the game after a wonderful solo run took him clear of the Bath defence to put a clear buffet between the sides.
That buffer became even wider when scrum half Eoin Redden got in on the act in the 51st minute when he bulldozed his way through the weak Bath defence.
Leinster continued to attack Bath at will. The away side were not helped in their efforts with a lot of ill discipline including two players been binned at one stage.
The game was put beyond doubt when subs Rhys Ruddock and Ian Madiagn rounded off a wonderful Leinster performance getting his own try in front of a crowd that must have been rubbing their collective eyes with disbelief at times .
Late tries from Stephen Donald and Ben Williams put some gloss on the scoreline from a Bath perspective. However there was only going to be one winner.
Leinster announced to the world that they won’t be giving up their Heineken Cup crown without a massive fight. It will take one heck of a team to stop them.