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Bath Rugby defeated at the RDS by spirited Leinster

Leinster Rugby 25 v Bath Rugby 11

Bath Rugby were defeated 25-11 by a spirited Leinster side in Dublin, bringing their European Rugby Champions Cup campaign to an end for this season.

Both sides looked to play open and expansive rugby, but it was a tale of the kickers in the first-half, with all the points coming from opposing fly-halves George Ford and Ian Madigan.

The home side looked lively, and two promising breaks led to the first points of the game as Madigan stepped up to the kicking-tee and slotting a penalty home.

Bath’s first points came in the 30th minute, when a powerful driving maul left Leinster with no option but to stop it illegally. Ford sent the resulting penalty sailing cleanly through the posts to draw level. 3-3.

Two quick penalties for Madigan, the second coinciding with a yellow card for Dominic Day, saw the home side take  a 9-3 lead, before it looked as if Bath had scored the first try of the game.

Jonathan Joseph stole the ball and broke free of the on-rushing defenders. He chipped ahead, sparking a footrace between Leroy Houston and the Leinster backs. Both touched the ball down over the try-line, and it was up to TMO Eric Gonthier to make the call. Unfortunately for Bath, he ruled in Leinster’s favour and no try was awarded.  

Play shifted quickly to the other end of the field and, to compound matters on the stroke of half-time, Anthony Watson was judged to have made a high tackle and Madigan took the three points to extend the home side’s lead.

Half-time: Leinster Rugby 12 – Bath Rugby 3

The Irish fly-half widened the gap once more six minutes into the second-half, a simple kick in front of the posts yielding another three points. 15-3.

The game ebbed and flowed, with both sides looking to stick to their attack-driven mind-set, despite the rain that had started to fall. As a consequence, much of the play stayed in the middle third of the field, the defences keeping any breaks in check before they reached the 22’s.

Strong pressure at the set-piece from Bath’s forwards earned a penalty at the scrum, and then a strong drive from the resulting lineout saw Houston cross the whitewash – and this time the try was awarded. 15-8.

The score gave the visitors a lift, but it also galvanised the home side, and they quickly replied with a try of their own - replacement hooker, Sean Cronin, bursting through from short range and stretching over to score. Madigan’s excellent night with the boot continued as he added the conversion. 22-8.

A tip tackle from Ben Te’o on Jonathan Joseph gave replacement Rhys Priestland the opportunity to reduce the deficit with another penalty, but it was cancelled out on the 76th minute by a further successful kick from Madigan. 

Final score: Leinster Rugby 25 – Bath Rugby 11.

Match details

Royal Dublin Society
European Rugby Champions Cup
16 January 2016
KO 17:30

Attendance: 14,569
Referee: Pascal Gauzere
Half Time score: 12-3

Leinster:
Tries: Cronin (62)
Conversions: Madigan (63)
Penalties: Madigan (8, 33, 35, 42, 46, 76)
Bath:
Tries: Houston (59)
Penalties: Ford (29), Priestland (67)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Leinster and Bath.

9'

Penalty Goal! Leinster 3 - 0 Bath

Ian Madigan kicks a penalty goal for Leinster.

30'

Penalty Goal! Leinster 3 - 3 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

31'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

34'

Penalty Goal! Leinster 6 - 3 Bath

Ian Madigan kicks a penalty goal for Leinster.

36'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Dominic Day for ten minutes.

36'

Penalty Goal! Leinster 9 - 3 Bath

Ian Madigan kicks a penalty goal for Leinster.

37'

Substitution

Rob Webber replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

43'

Penalty Goal! Leinster 12 - 3 Bath

Ian Madigan kicks a penalty goal for Leinster.

43'

HALF TIME

Match score: Leinster 12 - 3 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

41'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

41'

Substitution

David Denton replaces Francois Louw for Bath.

47'

Penalty Goal! Leinster 15 - 3 Bath

Ian Madigan kicks a penalty goal for Leinster.

47'

Substitution

Jack McGrath replaces Peter Dooley for Leinster.

47'

Substitution

Sean Cronin replaces James Tracy for Leinster.

47'

Substitution

Marty Moore replaces Tadhg Furlong for Leinster.

47'

Substitution

Tom Denton replaces Mike McCarthy for Leinster.

51'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Max Lahiff for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Charlie Ewels replaces Dominic Day for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Sean O'Brien replaces Jordi Murphy for Leinster.

60'

Try for Bath! Leinster 15 - 8 Bath

Leroy Houston scores for Bath.

63'

Try for Leinster! Leinster 20 - 8 Bath

Sean Cronin scores for Leinster.

64'

Conversion! Leinster 22 - 8 Bath

Ian Madigan with a conversion for Leinster.

65'

Substitution

Tom Homer replaces Anthony Watson for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Eoin Reddan replaces Luke McGrath for Leinster.

67'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces George Ford for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Jonathan Evans replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

68'

Penalty Goal! Leinster 22 - 11 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Noel Reid replaces Zane Kirchner for Leinster.

75'

Substitution

Jonathan Sexton replaces Isa Nacewa for Leinster.

77'

Penalty Goal! Leinster 25 - 11 Bath

Ian Madigan kicks a penalty goal for Leinster.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Leinster.

Final score: Leinster 25 - 11 Bath.

Leinster Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Ian Madigan016020
Sean Cronin10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Leroy Houston10005
George Ford00103
Rhys Priestland00103
Leinster v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PPeter
Dooley
1Max
Lahiff
P    
    HJames
Tracy
2Rob
Webber
H    
    PTadhg
Furlong
3David
Wilson
P    
    LRoss
Molony
4Stuart
Hooper
L    
    LMike
McCarthy
5Dominic
Day
L    
    FLRhys
Ruddock
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLJosh
van der Flier
7Francois
Louw
FL    
    8Jordi
Murphy
8Leroy
Houston
81   
    SHLuke
McGrath
9Chris
Cook
SH    
6 1 FHIan
Madigan
10George
Ford
FH   1
    WDave
Kearney
11Matt
Banahan
W    
    CBen
Te'o
12Kyle
Eastmond
C    
    CGarry
Ringrose
13Jonathan
Joseph
C    
    WIsa
Nacewa
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBZane
Kirchner
15Anthony
Watson
FB    
Replacements
   1RHSean
Cronin
16Ross
Batty
RH    
    RPJack
McGrath
17Nick
Auterac
RP    
    RPMarty
Moore
18Henry
Thomas
RP    
    RLTom
Denton
19Charlie
Ewels
RL    
    R8Sean
O'Brien
20David
Denton
RFL    
    RSHEoin
Reddan
21Jonathan
Evans
RSH    
    RWJonathan
Sexton
22Rhys
Priestland
RFH   1
    RFBNoel
Reid
23Tom
Homer
RFB