Heineken Champions Cup Highlights: Leinster 35 Northampton 19
December 21, 2020 9:56 am Conor Sharkey
Leinster Rugby moved back to the top of Heineken Champions Cup Pool ‘A’ with a 35-19 bonus-point win over Northampton Saints at the RDS Arena on Saturday.
After a couple of injury-enforced changes to the starting XV before kick-off, Leo Cullen’s side made the ideal start to the when Josh Murphy scored his first European try inside the opening three minutes.
Things improved further when Cian Healy scored from close range to extend Leinster’s advantage.
However, Northampton came back into the contest with a converted try from Fraser Dingwall to half the deficit.
Ross Byrne added a penalty for Leinster but Saints struck again through scrum-half Tom James to make it a 17-14 game.
There was still more to come in the first half, however, with Jamison Gibson-Park launching a pass out wide for Dave Kearney to score as Leinster attacked the Saints line with penalty advantage.
Leinster secured the bonus point just after half-time when Gibson-Park finished from 22 metres out.
From the restart, it was Gibson-Park’s box kick that was charged down for Nick Isiekwe to score and make it a 10-point game.
But a couple of penalties from Byrne helped Leinster to see the game out and make sure of maximum points from the opening two games of the European campaign.