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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 October, 2004, 18:10 GMT 19:10 UK
Leinster 30-11 Bath
HEINEKEN CUP POOL 2
Denis Hickie scored Leinster's first half try
Leinster: (10) 30:
Tries: Hickie, D'Arcy, Horgan
Cons: Holwell 2
Pens: Holwell 3
Drop: D'Arcy
Bath: (8) 11:
Tries: Crocket
Pen: Barkley 2
Att: 16,000
Leinster claimed a flatteringly comfortable victory over an unlucky Bath side in Saturday's Heineken Cup clash at Lansdowne Road.

A superb finish by Denis Hickie after a Brian O'Driscoll break helped Leinster lead 10-3 by the 28th minute.

Bath hit back through an Alex Crockett try and should been better placed than 10-8 down at the break.

A controversial Gordon D'Arcy touchdown then put Leinster in control and Shane Horgan added a further late try.

After a scrappy opening 11 minutes, O'Driscoll produced the first attacking move of the match which earned a penalty that was knocked over by fly-half David Holwell.

Olly Barkley levelled in the 20th minute from a 35-metre penalty after having missed an earlier chance.

By that stage, Bath had lost centre Robbie Fleck who was forced to leave the field because of injury and was replaced by Spencer Davey.

We managed to produce the necessary composure in the second half
Leinster coach Declan Kidney

Despite Bath's superiority in the scrum and the line-out, O'Driscoll and Hickie were both looking dangerous.

Both were centrally involved in Leinster's 28th-minute try, with O'Driscoll's break putting the Bath defence in trouble although Hickie still had to do brilliantly in evading the clutches of full-back Chris Malone.

The excellent Holwell knocked over a superb conversion from the touchline to increase Leinster's advantage to 10-3.

However, Bath hit back with a soft try of their own within a minute with winger Alex Crockett supplying the finish after Reggie Corrigan and Hickie had both missed tackles.

Bath put Leinster under intense pressure in the closing minutes of the first half but failed to add to their score.

Leinster tried to regain the initiative after half-time and a series of attacks eventually enabled Gordon D'Arcy to poach a clever drop-goal just as it seemed the Irish side had run out of options.

Bath are a top quality side and we didn't want them to play with the ball
Leinster fly-half David Holwell

However, after the re-start Bath regained control and it needed a superb tackle by Girvan Dempsey to prevent Mike Tindall crossing for a try after the Premiership club had produced a series of attacks.

The pressure produced a penalty in the 55th minute and Barkley made no mistake to cut Leinster's advantage to 13-11.

However, Leinster forced an immediate penalty which Holwell thumped over from almost 50m.

Leinster then added to their unlikely lead in the 69th minute when D'Arcy was adjudged by the video referee to have grounded the ball, even though TV replays suggested otherwise.

In scoring the try, D'Arcy sustained a groin injury and was forced to leave the field although the centre's smiles as he left the field suggested that the damage was not serious.

With Bath wondering how the match had got away from them, Horgan added a further try in the closing minutes to add to the English team's bemusement.


Leinster: G Dempsey; Horgan, O'Driscoll, D'Arcy, Hickie; Holwell, O'Meara, Corrigan, S Byrne, E Byrne, O'Kelly, Cullen, Miller, Jennings, Costello.
Replacements: G Brown for D'Arcy (70), G Easterby for O'Meara (80), R Nebbett for Byrne (40), A McCullen for Costello (74). Not Used: G. Hickie, Gissing, Contepomi.

Bath: C Malone; A Higgins, R Fleck, M Tindall, A Crockett; O Barkley, M Wood; D Barnes, J Humphreys (capt), D Bell, S Borthwick, D Grewcock, A Beattie, M Lipman, I Feaunati.
Replacements: N Walshe for Wood (73), S Davey for Fleck (15), M Stevens for Bell (43), R Fidler for Grewcock (67), J Scaysbrook for Lipman (80), G Delve for Fea'unati (73). Not Used: Mears

Referee: Nigel Williams (Wales)




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