Cardiff v Leinster live commentary

Updated: January 7, 2012

Cardiff 19 – 23 Leinster

Mins Played: 80 mins

Live commentary:

80 min FULL TIME Leinster hold on for a dramatic 23-19 win from an unlucky Cardiff side
80 min Pen to Leinster. They will hang on for a nail biting win.
79 min Cardiff DEEP into Leinster’s 22
78 min Lineout Cardiff. Surely their last chance.
77 min Cardiff still have the ball on halfway. But very scrappy
76 min Leinster have control of the ball now. But kick it away. Cardiff come racing back into Leinster
74 min Nice line out from Leinster. Takes the pressure off for a minute
72 min On Cardiff come. Yet again Rob Kearney kicks Leinster out of trouble
70 min Cian Healy is off. Heinke van der Merwe on
69 min Cardiff run smack bang into Fergus McFadden who turns the ball over. A monster kick from Rob Kearney lifts the pressure on Leinster
68 min Cardiff come rocking back at Leinster. Into Leinster’s 22
66 min No mistake. 23-19 Leinster
66 min Leinster have a chance to push their lead out a little further. McFadden with the penalty.
65 min What a miss from Halfpenny. Somehow Leinster still lead
64 min Cardiff get another penalty and surely Halfpenny won’t miss this chance
63 min The kick falls inches below the bar. Leinster escape.
62 min Side entry from Leinster. Ill discipline from the Heineken Cup champions at the moment. Halfpenny will kick for goal
60 min Cardiff getting the benefit of the refs decisions at the moment
59 minSexton has been taken off for Leinster. Fionn Carr is on
58 min TRY CARDIFF Jenkins with the try for Cardiff. The home side are right back in this game now. Halfpenny gets the extras. 20-19 Leinster
57 min Ref gone up to TMO
56 min Cardiff tap and go. Almost over Leinster’s line
54 min Cardiff on the front foot now. Dave Kearney with some good defence on his line. Scrum five Cardiff
53 min Conway looses the ball right on Cardiff’s line. A try that went a begging. Parks with the pen to clear the lines
52 min Sexton almost away for Leinster. Very scrappy from the away side
50 min Another excellent from Halfpenny. 20-12 Leinster
49 min Pen to Cardiff off the scrum
47 min Another knock on from Leinster. Scrum Cardiff on halfway
45 min Good line out from Cardiff. Up to Leinster’s 10 meter line
44 min No mistake. 20-9 Leinster
43 min Pen to Leinster. Not releasing by Cardiff. Right in front of the sticks for Sexton
42 min Leinster almost over for a try but Cardiff hold firm. Parks clears the lines for the home side
41 min Sexton gets the second half underway
40 min HALF TIME Leinster lead at the break. 17 -9.
39 min Scrum Leinster Great work from Rob Kearney
39 min Sexton nails the pen. 17-9 Leinster
38 min Gordon D’Arcy has been taken off. Nacewa on
37 min They get a chance now. Sexton with a kick at goal.
36 min Great carry from Cian Healy on halfway. Leinster could do with a score before halftime
34 min Just wide, but what a kick from Halfpenny
33 min Cardiff going for a kick at goal right on halfway..
32 min What a hit from Conway on halfway. Knocks Cardiff right back, until Leinster give away a cheap penalty
30 min Open game at the moment. Both sides looking to attack at every chance
29 min Lovely kick from Sexton. Right on the money,. pushes Cardiff right back into their 22
28 min Parks gets a well taken drop goal. 14-9 Leinster
27 min Great break from Cardiff up Leinster’s left.
26 min Scrum down to Cardiff after a knock on from Sean O’Brien
24 min Pen to Cardiff after some good carrying from Leinster
23 min Parks with a big kick clears the line for Cardiff.
22 min Knock on from Heaslip stops Leinster’s march to the line.
21 min Nice hands from Leinster . Up to Cardiff’s 22
19 min He nails it. 14-6 Leinster
18 min Leinster pinged for not rolling away. Another chance for Halfpenney
17 min Messy from Leinster on their own 22. Kearney clears the lines
16 min Lovely kick from Halfpenny gets Cardiff off the mark. 14-3 Leinster
15 min Pen to Cardiff and the chance for them to get on the scoreboard
14 min Cardiff on halfway, met with fierc Leinster defence
12 min Leinster are rolling now. Unlucky cross kick from Sexton almost finds Dave Kearney
11 min TRY LEINSTER Rob Kearney ghosts past the Cardiff defence to get Leinster’s second try of the game. Sexton adds the extras
10 min Great defence from Leinster forces the turnover. Gordon D’Arcy superb at the breakdown
8 min Cardiff going across Leinster on their 10 meter line.
6 min TRY LEINSTER Sean O’Brien gets the first try of the game after a wonderful pass from captain Jamie Heaslip. Sexton gets the extras. Leinster lead 7-0
5 min Ball lost forward by Redden. Scrum to Cardiff
3 min Slight forward pass from the home side, who have started the better
2 min Poor scrum from Leinster. Pen to Cardiff. Taken quickly
1 min First scrum of the game to Leinster
1 min. Dan Parks gets the game underway

Cardiff (v Leinster): Gavin Henson; Leigh Halfpenny, Casey Laulala, Gavin Evans, Tom James; Dan Parks, Lloyd Williams; Gethin Jenkins, Marc Breeze, Scott Andrews; Bradley Davies, Michael Paterson; Maama Molitika, Sam Warburton (capt), Xavier Rush. Replacements: Rhys Williams, John Yapp, Sam Hobbs, Macauley Cook, Josh Navidi, Richie Rees, Ceri Sweeney, Richard Mustoe

Leinster (v Cardiff): Rob Kearney; Dave Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Gordon D’Arcy, Andrew Conway; Jonathan Sexton, Eoin Reddan; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Mike Ross; Damian Browne, Devin Toner; Kevin McLaughlin, Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip (capt). Replacements: Aaron Dundon, Heinke van der Merwe, Jamie Hagan, Rhys Ruddock, Leo Auva’a, Isaac Boss, Isa Nacewa, Fionn Carr.

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