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Leinster clinch quarter-final place

Leinster inflicted a 43-20 defeat on Saracens at the RDS to book their place in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.

Sarries were only 22-12 adrift at half-time, turning around with the advantage of a blustery wind, but tries from Fergus McFadden, Isa Nacewa and Eoin O'Malley eased Leinster away.

In a free-flowing first half, man-of-the-match Sean O'Brien and Dominic Ryan (two) touched down for the hosts, with James Short and Kelly Brown crossing for Sarries. However, the Aviva Premiership high-flyers were taught an attacking lesson after the break, and an injury-time try from Nils Mordt was meaningless in the end.

The bonus-point victory keeps Leinster five points clear of Clermont Auvergne and guarantees them top spot in Pool Two with a better head-to-head record over the French side.


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