Leinster secured their second consecutive bonus point win in a 39-7 victory over the Scarlets in Saturday afternoon’s Heineken Cup round 4 clash in the RDS…Jamie Heaslip Post Match Reaction…
Speaking after the game, Heineken Man of the Match Jamie Heaslip said: "To come away with 10 points out of these two games is great and we’re happy with our performance. But in saying that we have plenty more to work on. We got some good quick ball which opened up space for our backs who were very clinical.
"But we won’t get carried away because the Scarlets are a very good team. to be honest we’re a bit annoyed that we let in a try, but all in all we’re pleased and we’re looking forward to the Ulster game on St. Stephen’s Day which will be another tough battle."
Leinster began strongly and were rewarded for their eafrly dominance when Rob Kearney pounced into the corner to score a try in the eighth minute
Kearney then doubled Leinster’s lead in the 22nd minute when his effort went to the video replay after some excellent hands from CJ van der Linde and Shane Horgan.
Horgan, continuing his excellent recent run of form, punced for his side’s third try in the 38th minute when he intercepted Deacon Manu’s pass in the Leinster 22 and sprinted clear to score past the despairing defence to leave the score 15-0 at the interval.
Leinster picked up where they left off in the 46th and Gordon D’Arcy’s effort through the Scarlets rearguard ensured a bonus point for the hosts, with Shaun Berne converting, to push the score to 22-0.
Though Rhys Priestland added a 66th minute try for the visitors, it was scant consolation as Leinster enjoyed dominance up front and Eoin Reddan was an effective conduit for some flowing back play.
Brian O’Driscoll, a constant menace for the Llanelli defence, scored the first of his two tries in the 56th minute – with D’Arcy adding his second on 59 minutes, which Berne converted – and then closed off his side’s seventh effort in the 72nd minute.
LEINSTER SCORERS: R. Kearney, B. O’Driscoll, G. D’Arcy (2 tries each), S. Horgan (1 try), S. Berne (2 conversions)
SCARLETS SCORERS: R. Priestland (1 try), S. Jones (1 conversion)
15: Rob Kearney
14: Shane Horgan
13: Brian O’Driscoll
12: Gordon D’Arcy (Fergus McFadden, 60)
11: Isa Nacewa (Girvan Dempsey, 60)
10: Shaun Berne
9: Eoin Reddan (Paul O’Donohoe, 72)
1: Cian Healy (Mike Ross, 56)
2: John Fogarty (Bernard Jackman, 50)
3: CJ van der Linde (Stan Wright, 28)
4: Leo Cullen CAPTAIN
5: Nathan Hines (Malcolm O’Kelly, 47)
6: Kevin McLaughlin
7: Sean O’Brien (Stephen Keogh, 50)
8: Jamie Heaslip
SCARLETS: 15: Rhys Priestland, 14: Darren Daniel, 13: Sean Lamont, 12: Jonathan Davies, 11: Andrew Fenby, 10: Stephen Jones, 9: Martin Roberts; 1: Iestyn Thomas, 2: Ken Owens, 3: Deacon Manu, 4: Lou Reed, 5: Dominic Day, 6: Simon Easterby, 7: Jonathan Edwards, 8: David Lyons CAPTAIN
REPLACEMENTS: 16: Emyr Phillips, 17: Phil John, 18: Jamie Corsi, 19: Vernon Cooper, 20: Rob McCusker, 21: Tavis Knoyle, 22: Daniel Evans, 23: Gareth Maule
REFEREE: Wayne Barnes (RFU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Roy Maybank (RFU), Kevin Stewart (RFU), 4th OFFICIAL: Paul Haycock (ARLB), 5th OFFICIAL: Peter Dennehy (ARLB), TMO: Ed Morrison