Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Leinster earn bonus-point victory

Brian O'Driscoll

Brian O'Driscoll celebrated his 32nd birthday with a try-scoring contribution in Leinster's 36-11 bonus-point Heineken Cup victory over Racing Metro, which clinched a home quarter-final for the Irish province.

The Ireland centre crossed in the 69th minute for Leinster's fifth try at a chilly Stade Yves du Manoir, as Joe Schmidt's pool winners turned in another impressive display.

First-half tries from Isa Nacewa, man-of-the-match Sean O'Brien and Jonathan Sexton gave them a 21-11 half-time lead against their understrength French opponents, for whom Heineken Cup debutant Virimi Vakatawa scored a fine individual effort.

Outside-half Sexton, who finished with 21 points, put his name to Leinster's bonus-point score in the second half, before birthday boy O'Driscoll completed a comfortable win.

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