Leinster crush Cardiff in Heineken Cup

Leinster ran in four tries to crush Cardiff 34-3 and set-up a last-four Heineken Cup showdown with either Saracens or Clermont who meet on Sunday.


Welsh international Leigh Halfpenny kicked a third-minute penalty for the injury-hit Blues, but that was the visitors’ only highlight.


Fly-half Jonathan Sexton kicked a penalty five minutes later to level the scores before the Irish unleashed a champagne performance of running rugby.


A Sexton dummy allowed Rob Kearney to feed Kiwi winger Isa Nacewa for the first try after 12 minutes before Kearney added the first of his brace on the half-hour mark.


Sexton was key to the third try four minutes later when a lovely inside-pass freed winger Luke Fitzgerald who in turn found veteran centre Brian O’Driscoll who crossed for his 31st try in the European Cup.


Kearney added the fourth try early in the second period.


Final Score Leinster 34 (27) Cardiff Blues 3 (3)


Scorers


Leinster
Try – R Kearney (2), B O’Driscoll, I Nacewa
Cons – J Sexton (4)
Pens – J Sexton (2)


Cardiff
Pen – L Halfpenny
Yellow Card – T James (78)


Att: 50,340 (Irish Heineken Cup Q-F record)


Heineken Cup Man of the Match: Cian Healy (Leinster Rugby)


Referee: Dave Pearson (England)


Teams


Leinster: R Kearney; I Nacewa, B O’Driscoll (I Madigan 68), G D’Arcy, L Fitzgerald (F McFadden 59); J Sexton, E Reddan (I Boss 61); C Healy (H Van der Merwe 65), R Strauss (S Cronin 53), M Ross (N White 72), L Cullen (capt), B Thorn (D Toner 59), K McLaughlin (S Jennings 47), S O’Brien, J Heaslip


Cardiff Blues: L Halfpenny; A Cuthbert, C Laulala, D Hewitt, T James; D Parks (C Sweeney 68), L Williams (R Rees 66); G Jenkins, M Breeze, S Andrews, B Davies, J Down (M Molitika 59), M Paterson, M Williams, X Rush [(apt)

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