European professional club rugby | Leinster aim for last-16 berth against Bath

Winger Jimmy O’Brien scored four tries as Leinster Rugby took a dominant 64-7 victory over Bath Rugby in the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday.

The Irish province made 10 tries in the Pool A meeting at The Recreation Ground as they confirmed their qualification for the Round of 16.

Bath got off to a bright start as Leinster gave them four offensive lineout opportunities close to the visitor’s line due to poor discipline.

But the Gallagher Premiership outfit was unable to make significant dashes in the Leinster defence.

And Leinster would then go down the other side and cross the line on their first visit to Bath 22m by O’Brien, only for the TMO to see Bath center Max Clark stopped trying to kick Johnny Sexton through to get .

But it was possible that O’Brien scored in the 18th minute when he was knocked out in space after a scrum from Leinster from five yards away, with the winger in the corner.

Dealing with mistakes clouded Leinster’s game as they struggled to find their usual rhythm amid aggressive Bath defences, but they would score a second score in the 28th minute as winger Josh van der Flier picked a nice line and legs crossed the line. reached and dived over the line.

Leinster clicked through the gears from then on, however, as winger Jordan Larmour ran from deep inside to score their third attempt in 33 minutes.

There was a brief lift for Bath when lock Charlie Ewels picked up a Leinster offload and Clark lined up for a score moments later, but the four-time European champions were back in the driver’s seat straight away when O’Brien passed over for his second attempt after a pinpoint Sexton kick .

And Leinster would end the first half with a fifth try as a slick move sent substitute Ciaran Frawley off close at hand.

Bath winger Gabe Hamer-Webb was shown a yellow card for an intentional knock-on shortly after half-time, beginning a relentless bout of Leinster pressure, which saw them go over the whitewash three times in four minutes.

Prop Andrew Porter drove over from close range before Sexton set up O’Brien for his third attempt, and the veteran took center stage again when a smooth move from deep when fullback Hugo Keenan crossed into the corner.

There would be a boost to the home fans when Bath scrum half Ben Spencer was knocked down for appearing to run on his own chip after a clever dummy foul that threw Leinster replacement Max Deegan into sin.

Bath was unable to utilize the extra man and once back to their full complement, the relentless Leinster came across for a ninth time when substitute Dan Sheehan grabbed a flat ball and finished from some distance.

And O’Brien capped off a brilliant day for himself and Leinster as he ran up Jordan Larmour’s steps to score his fourth try and his team’s 10th in 78 minutes.

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