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Leinster Edge Out Bath

Leinster Edge Out Bath

Leinster beat Bath 17-10 at the Rec on Saturday afternoon to move to the top of Pool One in the European Champions Cup. It may be a temporary stay at the summit as Toulouse face Wasps on Saturday evening, but tries by Sean Cronin and winger Jordan Larmour gave the Irish side the spoils and a chance to reach the quarter-finals of Europe’s top club competition.

It was the South West outfit who scored the opening try of the contest as Henry Thomas was bundled over the line, but it was 7-7 at the interval after Sean Cronin was hauled over by his pack following a line-out.

The key score came in the second half as Larmour intercepted a long pass from Bath’s James Wilson and raced almost half the length of the pitch to touch down.

Johnny Sexton landed two penalties and Ross Byrne kicked one for the visitors ,while James Wilson notched five points with the boot for Bath, but it was Leo Cullen’s men who prevailed.

Man-of-the-match James Ryan was delighted and hailed his side’s strength in depth. “We’re happy with the result. It was a really tough place to come today,” he said. “We got some good drives, scoring that maul try and our scrum was pretty good, too, but we let ourselves down a bit in the first half.

“When the internationals were away, the guys that stepped in did a super job. The squad’s really strong at the moment, but it will be another tough one in the Aviva next week.”

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