Sunday, January 16, 2011
Another weekend of European action has come to an end so over the next week well be looking back at the best games, as well as some noteworthy moments. This post features Leinsters good win over Saracens on Saturday as they beat them 43-20 to progress to the quarter finals.
It was an impressive showing from Leinster, who pulled away in the second half with some lovely tries and devastating finishing. Sean OBrien, Dominic Ryan, Fergus McFadden, Isa Nacewa, and Eoin OMalley all scored as the home side took this Pool Two Heineken Cup clash.
"I thought we got off to a fantastic start," said Leinster coach Joe Schmidt.
"The first two tries we scored were superb. Conditions were very tough out there and to get the 12 points up was fantastic but then to allow them back into the game so easily into the gale, was very, very frustrating.
"I'm delighted to get the result we did and delighted with some of the play that we managed to construct and finish to get the six tries. At the same time, we know it wasn't a perfect performance and Saracens probably lost a little bit of interest toward the middle part of the second half," he added.
Sean OBrien, Isa Nacewa, and Richardt Strauss all played crucial roles in what was at times a highly impressive display from the Irish side. Jonny Sexton and Brian ODriscoll also showed their class all afternoon, both looking in good form ahead of the Six Nations.
For Saracens, Gavin Henson limped off with a calf injury which could prove to be a bad blow for his Six Nations ambitions with Wales.
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