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Leinster triumph as Hartley shamed

Northampton Saints 10 Leinster 37

England captain Dylan Hartley was sent off just six minutes after coming on as a replacement as Leinster thumped Northampton Saints 37-10 in the European Cup at Franklin's Gardens last night.

Leinster's try scorers were Garry Ringrose, Sean O'Brien, Rory O'Loughlin, Jamison Gibson-Park and Isa Nacewa.

Ahsee Tuala was the home side's try scorer.

Leinster top the pool with 11 points from three games, while Northampton are rock bottom with just four points on the board.

Hartley, no stranger to controversy, was shown a red card by referee Jerome Garces after 58 minutes for a swinging arm to the back of the head of O'Brien.

It all came in front of watching England coach Eddie Jones who - by giving Hartley the national armband - had seemingly tempered the notoriously fiery hooker who has 54 weeks of bans to his name.

It was just what Northampton did not need after a week where their handling of a head injury suffered by George North at Leicester last week came under severe scrutiny from the authorities.

They had shown plenty of spirit before that incident, but in truth, Leinster always had that extra bit of quality, as they scored five tries in picking up a huge result in Pool 4.

Leinster had the home fans worrying about a repeat of the 40-7 thrashing they dished out at this ground three years ago by scoring their first try though Ringrose after just two minutes of the game.

Northampton finished the match with 13 men after George Pisi was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle on Nacewa.

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