Watch: Thief in the night Jordan Larmour snatches match-defining intercept
Leinster young gun Jordan Larmour came up with a decisive intercept at the Rec to propel the defending champions of Europe to a tight away win over Bath.
Another special moment from this man tonight ? #BATvLEI pic.twitter.com/q2DIEi4jH5
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) December 8, 2018
In wet conditions, a 7-7 deadlock presented at halftime with Bath bringing the fight. The hosts scored the opening try after 20 minutes to take an early lead through Henry Thomas before Leinster hit back through Sean Cronin.
Early in the second half Bath’s flyhalf James Wilson, who was brought in on a short-term contract to fill a need after injuries to Freddie Burns and Rhys Priestland, attempted an ill-fated long cutout pass.
Larmour made a play on the ball and snatched it, before racing away 50-metres to score under the posts and land a crucial blow. The sides traded penalties in the poor conditions and Leinster took a 17-10 win to briefly take back top spot in Pool One.
Jordan Larmour is lightning ??
Leinster lead for the first time thanks to an intercept try!
You're just not catching him… pic.twitter.com/XZHxXxdrLF
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) December 8, 2018
Leinster lock James Ryan was awarded Man-of-the-Match for his effort in the win.
“We got some good drives, scoring that maul try and our scrum was pretty good too, but we let ourselves down a bit in the first half.
“When the internationals were away, the guys that stepped in did a super job. The squad’s really strong at the moment but it will be another tough one in the Aviva next week,” he said.
"Really tough place to come, especially today".
A pleased James Ryan reacting to a 7 point win for his Leinster team.#ChampionsCup #ERCC pic.twitter.com/ICQcjg3IlY
— eir Sport (@eirSport) December 8, 2018
The match was brought into some pre-match controversy when Bath officials banned Leinster supporters from bringing in supporter flags, which reportedly failed a health and safety test presenting a ‘fire risk’.
In an official statement on social media Bath apologised to the Leinster fans.
“We’re really sorry – the flags were tested against three safety criteria & failed all three including fire. We have to take safety seriously, but we realise it’s disappointing. We’re really looking forward to the game & we know you’ll bring the noise to the Rec today.”
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What he is saying is true. Why the Fiji is so strong at sevens, and the way to beat them is to get into extra time. They run out of gas. But of his SSI loaded team isn't two scores ahead with fifteen minutes to play they could be in trouble. Also rush defence and resolute tackling stops even the biggest in their tracks. One of the greatest attacking wings ever Jono Lomu never scored against South Africa in four or five tests. Secondly the big islanders are great going forward but not to good turning round as when tiny Breyten Paulse beat Lomu one on one all ends up by chipping over his head running round him collecting and scoring under the posts. As we say in Africa: "Bring on the heat."Go to comments
I suggest for an injection of rugby enthusiasm watch URC and Heineken Cup. Last night's game between campions Stormers and 15 on the trot unbeaten Leinster ended in a thrilling the draw in the worst possible rugby conditions producing seven tries, outstanding defence, and some really exciting running by both sides. Huge physicality, great set piece contests (virtually every lineout was contested), great maul, running, intercept and kick chase tries and just about everything one could want. One side 22 points adrift after 35 minutes only to go five up with ten to play putting on 27 unanswered points and then in the death an absolutely magic try levelling the score with an impossible kick in high wind being snatched away at the last second. all in front of a full house stadium and over half a million TV viewers. Now that is the game played in heaven - rugby.Go to comments