Leinster has the benefit after narrowly profitable the Champions Cup over Connacht

Leinster has the advantage after narrowly winning the Champions Cup over Connacht

Leinster have the benefit of going with a slim victory over Connacht within the Heineken Cup Spherical of 16 match on Friday night time; James Lowe was among the many makes an attempt for the guests whereas Jonathan Sexton scored eight factors

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Leinster's James Lowe scored two attempts within four minutes when he defeated Konacht in the first leg of the Heineken Champions Cup.

Leinster’s James Lowe scored two makes an attempt inside 4 minutes when he defeated Konacht within the first leg of the Heineken Champions Cup.

Konnacht continues to be alive within the Heineken Cup Spherical of 16 match with Leinster regardless of their 26-21 first-leg defeat on the Sports activities Floor.

Two makes an attempt by James Lowe inside 4 minutes noticed Leinster lead 18-11 within the first half, and the guests discovered their groove within the second quarter after John Burch’s early efforts offered Connacht’s fireworks.

Leinster captain Jonathan Sexton scored the opposite eight factors, however Jack Carty’s second penalty simply earlier than the break delighted many of the 8,129 crowd.

Though Hugo Keenan’s try within the 52nd minute nullified one other Karti penalty, Konacht took benefit of Jamison Gibson Park’s foul when Leva crashed Vivita after the hour.

Solely two factors separated the 2 groups till substitute Ross Burne sealed Leinster’s victory with a penalty kick within the 76th minute.

Having fired Connacht, the model sparrow beginning in midfield, Bundee Aki teamed up with Carty to ship Porch sprinting within the second minute. The Karti conversion remained broad.

Though Leinster initially regained his composure, Ake pressured a penalty kick to the delight of the followers.

Sexton hit the opening penalty kick within the 18th minute, and Leo Cullen’s males hit the lead simply 4 minutes later when Keenan’s cross fired the swap via Leo via a niche to attain from 35 metres.

Sexton’s diversion was quickly adopted by Lowe’s second rating, and the anticipated ring transfer didn’t materialize as Kenan traversed Aki and handed within the return place of the Nelson-born winger regardless of latest interference from Porsche.

Now 15-5 in arrears, Konnacht threatened from the chips and neat meeting of Mac Hansen earlier than Carte took a penalty.

Luke McGrath’s interception cleared the best way for Sexton to reclaim a 10-point hole, however Cian Healy broke in late and Carte duly hit the goal from 41 metres.

Turning to the wind, Konnacht restarted at a excessive tempo and Carte signed his third penalty, Connor Oliver rewarded a break.

Leinster battled for management of the again, beforehand denying Lowe a hat-trick earlier than some strain ended with substitute Gibson Park sending Keenan on for an unconverted try.

Referee Karl Dixon took a while to determine on yellow Gibson Park, who contacted Kieran Marmion’s head in an current interference. After Connacht pressed from the knockout, Vivita’s lock thrust into Karti to make it 23-21.

The hosts deserved an try at some motion in working from the depths by Porsche and substitute Conor Fitzgerald, whereas a knockout thwarted Leinster’s substitute James Tracy after some nice work by Josh van der Vlaer.

Byrne, who scored in place for Sexton, kicked a penalty however, on the again of a strong Lowe’s stand, the alternate half was known as for struts and he dedicated no foul.