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Date Time Competition Season
7 May 2022 5:30 pm European Champions Cup 2021/22

Match Report

CCup: Leinster advance to semis

Leinster booked their place in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final after a 23-14 win over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

First half tries from Josh Van Der Flier and Robbie Henshaw sealed a home tie against Toulouse in the next round.

Leinster showed their class from the off and dominated all around the pitch. Leicester struggled with their opponent's speed of ball and fast flowing rugby which led to the hosts conceding a number of penalties during the first period.

Johnny Sexton kicked the first penalty after just three minutes to give Leo Cullen’s side an early lead.

Just after the quarter of an hour mark, Josh Van der Flier peeled off the back of a Leinster maul on the hosts’ five-metre line before diving over the line to stretch his side’s lead.

Sexton converted to give the visitors a 10-point lead.

Jemison Gibson- Park and Hugo Keenan had plenty of ball carrying action throughout the half and carved the Leicester defence open on numerous occasions.

It took just four minutes after Leinster’s first try for them to find their second. Robbie Henshaw met Gibson Park’s pass just metres from the try line and his sheer power and determination resulted in the centre going over for Leinster’s second try of the game.

Sexton converted again, before adding another penalty just before the interval to give his side a 20-0 lead at the break.

Leicester started the second half in better form and showed why they are the Premiership leaders. It took just over five minutes of the second half for the Tigers to get their first score, courtesy of Chris Ashton.

George Ford followed up with the conversion, reducing the deficit to 13 points.

Nemani Nadolo looked to have scored another try just five minutes later but Josh Van der Flier and Jimmy O’Brien were able to just hold the ball up and deny Leicester their second try.

Leinster looked to have sealed the win after Josh van Der Flier charged down Harry Potter’s clearance, but Jack Conan couldn’t touch the ball down ahead of Jasper Wiese.

Leinster stepped up their game and Ross Byrne stretched their lead with just under 15 minutes remaining.

Steve Borthwick’s side did find a late consolation after a try from Nic Dolly off the back of a maul, but it was too little too late for Leicester.

Leicester

15Freddie Steward Full-Back
14Chris Ashton Winger 46'
13Matías Moroni 23 Centre
12Guy Porter Centre
11Harry Potter Winger
10George Ford Fly-Half 47', 80'
9Ben Youngs 21 Scrum-Half
1Ellis Genge 17 Prop
2Julian Montoya 16 Hooker
3Dan Cole 18 Prop
4Ollie Chessum Lock
5Calum Green 19 Lock
6Hanro Liebenberg Flanker
7Tommy Reffell 20 Flanker
8Jasper Wiese No. 8
16Nic Dolly 2 Hooker 79'
17James Whitcombe 1 Loose Forwards
18Joe Heyes 3 Prop
19Harry Wells 5 Flanker
20George Martin 7 Lock
21Richard Wigglesworth 9 Scrum-Half
22Freddie Burns Fly-Half
23Nemani Nadolo 13

Leinster

15Hugo Keenan Full-Back
14Jimmy O’Brien 23 Winger
13Garry Ringrose Centre
12Robbie Henshaw Centre 21'
11James Lowe Winger
10Johnny Sexton 22 Fly-Half 17', 22'
3', 38'
9Jamison Gibson-Park 21 Scrum-Half
1Andrew Porter 17 Prop
2Ronan Kelleher 16 Hooker
3Tadhg Furlong 18 Prop
4Ross Molony Lock
5James Ryan 19 Lock
6Caelan Doris Flanker
7Josh Van Der Flier Flanker 16'
8Jack Conan 20 No. 8
16Dan Sheehan 2 Hooker
17Cian Healy 1 Prop
18Michael Ala’alatoa 3 Prop
19Joe McCarthy 5
20Rhys Ruddock 8 Flanker
21Luke McGrath 9 Scrum-Half
22Ross Byrne 10 Fly-Half 67'
23Tommy O’Brien 14 Centre

Ground

Mattioli Woods Welford Road
Aylestone Walk, Bede Island, Leicester, City of Leicester, East Midlands, England, LE2 6BE, United Kingdom

Luke is a final year Journalism student in DCU. He is a Sports Reporter for Wicklow People Sport and FinalWhistle.ie.