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Macken double sinks Edinburgh

22nd September 2012 20:09

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Jonathan Sexton Leinster Heineken Cup final 2012

Jonathan Sexton: 12 points

Replacement back Brendan Macken scored two tries as Leinster claimed a 22-16 PRO12 win over Edinburgh at the RDS on Saturday.

Leinster got off to a flying start when Johnny Sexton scored the opening try of the match after 8 minutes before adding the conversion.

Sexton added to his points tally by scoring a penalty. But Edinburgh who have not won in Dublin for seven years managed to keep in touch with Greig Laidlaw securing two penalties to leave it 10-6 at the break.

Although in front, Leinster would have been nervous about the amount of unforced errors. Isa Nacewa stopped Lee Jones in a one-on-one out wide and the hosts had to scramble as Edinburgh's De Luca and Ross Ford almost secured late first-half tries.

Leinster needed something in the second half, and it came in the form of replacement centre Macken who countered from deep. With Leinster working the ball well to keep the move going Edinburgh's John Yapp's was forced to slow the game in the ruck which led to a yellow card.

The bad luck continued as lock Sean Cox was sin-binned for killing the ball. Somehow the Edinburgh scrum stopped Leinster from scoring.

But it was only a matter of time before the advantage took its toll and that man Macken went over after 57 minutes.

Sexton missed the conversion and Edinburgh responded with a Laidlaw penalty that kept them in the game.

However Man-of-the-match Macken's second try came on 66 minutes to seal victory.

Richie Rees kept Edinburgh in the game and put replacement WP Nel over in the 71st minute. Laidlaw's conversion gave the visitors a losing bonus point.

The scorers:

For Leinster:
Tries: Sexton, Macken 2
Cons: Sexton 2
Pen: Sexton

For Edinburgh:
Try: Nel
Con: Laidlaw
Pens: Laidlaw 2

Yellow cards: Yapp (Edinburgh - 50th min); Cox (Edinburgh - 52nd min)

Leinster: 15 Isa Nacewa, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Brian O'Driscoll, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Fionn Carr, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Shane Jennings, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Tom Denton, 4 Leo Cullen (c), 3 Mike Ross, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 John Cooney, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Brendan Macken.

Edinburgh: 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Greig Laidlaw (c), 9 Richie Rees, 8 Netani Talei, 7 Roddy Grant, 6 Stuart McInally, 5 Sean Cox, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford, 1 John Yapp.
Replacements: 16 Andy Titterrell, 17 Robin Hislop, 18 Willem Nel1, 9 Robert McAlpine, 20 Dimitri Basilaia, 21 Chris Leck, 22 Harry Leonard, 23 Dougie Fife.

Referee: Neil Hennessy (Wales)
Assistant referees: Simon McDowell (Ireland), Trevor Collins (Ireland)
Television match official: Alan Rogan (Ireland)

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