Video Highlights – Leinster Rugby defeat Exeter Chiefs from 14-0 down

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Video Highlights of the Leinster Rugby come back from 14-0 down to defeat Heineken Champions Exeter Chiefs 34-22 in an entertaining clash at Sandy Park.

A brace from Jordan Larmour as well as a try from James Lowe and 17 points from the boot of Ross Byrne proved enough for the four-time winners to dethrone the defending champions who led 14-0 inside ten minutes through a pair of Tom O’Flaherty tries.

The first of them tries came from a stunning bit of individual play, beating the tackle of Hugo Keenan before slipping past three more Leinster defenders and scoring at the posts.

His second shortly followed as Henry Slade put Heineken Star of the Match Robbie Henshaw away before finding O’Flaherty and he fended off another tackle before running clear to the line.

Leinster responded on the 20-minute mark, as Keenan was tackled out wide by two Exeter players but freed his hands expertly to release Lowe on the sideline who could cut back inside and score.

Before half-time, the visitors were level when a line-out on the left allowed Leinster to stretch Exeter in defence, with Byrne attracting attention before the ball found Larmour who was quick enough to dive over in the corner.

Two Byrne penalties before the break left Leinster six points in front, before Exeter responded after the break with a powerful Dave Ewers driving maul and score to trim the gap to a single point.

The sides then traded three-pointers before Leinster took a grip on the match on the hour mark as Larmour managed to beat Stuart Hogg, ride the tackle of Sam Simmonds and dot down in emphatic fashion.

Leinster’s lead then was stretched out to 12 points as Byrne popped over a simple penalty, and despite Exeter pressure, the Irish province held on for a famous victory and a spot in the semi-finals.

Match Commentary
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REPLACEMENTOff: L. McGrathOn: H. O’Sullivan
79
REPLACEMENTOff: J. LoweOn: D. Kearney
79
Penalty R. Byrne
70
REPLACEMENTOff: R. KelleherOn: J. Tracy
70
REPLACEMENTOff: D. TonerOn: R. Molony
65
Penalty R. Byrne
63
REPLACEMENTOff: L. Cowan-DickieOn: J. Yeandle
60
REPLACEMENTOff: O. WoodburnOn: I. Whitten
57
REPLACEMENTOff: J. GrayOn: S. Skinner
57
REPLACEMENTOff: J. MaunderOn: S. Townsend
57
Missed Conversion R. Byrne
56
Try J. Larmour
55
REPLACEMENTOff: T. FurlongOn: A. Porter
51
REPLACEMENTOff: J. VermeulenOn: J. Kirsten
50
REPLACEMENTOff: S. FardyOn: R. Baird
50
REPLACEMENTOff: C. HealyOn: E. Byrne
50
REPLACEMENTOff: T. FrancisOn: H. Williams
50
REPLACEMENTOff: B. MoonOn: A. Hepburn
50
Penalty R. Byrne
47
Penalty J. Simmonds
43
Missed Conversion J. Simmonds
42
Try D. Ewers
40
Penalty R. Byrne
32
Penalty R. Byrne
29
Conversion R. Byrne
28
Try J. Larmour
27
REPLACEMENTOff: J. SextonOn: R. Byrne
18
Conversion J. Sexton
17
Try J. Lowe
9
Conversion J. Simmonds
7
Try T. O’Flaherty
3
Conversion J. Simmonds
2
Try T. O’Flaherty

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