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Madigan fires Leinster to first win

Leinster 25 - Bath 11

By James King

Ian Madigan finished with an impressive personal tally of 20 points as Leinster finally secured the first win in this season's European Champions Cup, beating Bath 25-11 at the RDS.

With qualification for the knockout stages well out of their reach, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen handed starting places to some of the younger members of his squad - including three Academy stars - and he was delighted with their performances on the night.

Cullen, who fielded six first-time European starters, said: "Yeah, guys are working really hard, and some of those young guys, we talked about it yesterday, they're the guys that are showing really positive characteristics, day in, day out, and they showed it on the field. There's no real coincidence, I suppose.

"They work hard all the time, and they put in a good shift. Certainly, they lack in experience, but they made up for it with the endeavour and work that they put in. Delighted for them, that they got a really good, positive reception as well from the crowd, which was fantastic. Unbelievable noise out there tonight."

Madigan's 15 kicked points had Cullen's side in the driving seat, before a 59th minute try from Leroy Houston helped Bath to work their way back into contention.However, the Blues responded with a try of their own from replacement Sean Cronin just three minutes later.

Bath boss Mike Ford was particularly disappointed his charges were outmuscled as their Champions Cup hopes petered out in Dublin.

"That's disappointing really, that we couldn't win a collision."

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