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Heineken Champions Cup: Eight-try Leinster crush Wasps 52-3 at the RDS
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Heineken Champions Cup: Eight-try Leinster crush Wasps 52-3 at the RDS

Leinster’s James Lowe has scored six tries in five games this season
Heineken Champions Cup
Leinster (14) 52
Tries: Cronin, L McGrath 2, Lowe 2, Larmour, Henshaw, J McGrath Cons: Sexton 5, Byrne
Wasps (3) 3
Pen: Sopoaga

Leinster began the defence of their Champions Cup crown with a thumping 52-3 eight-try defeat of Wasps.

Luke McGrath and James Lowe scored two tries apiece while Sean Cronin, Jordan Larmour, Robbie Henshaw and Jack McGrath also crossed for the hosts.

Lima Sopoaga got Wasps’ only score as they suffered a record European loss.

The Blues held Wasps scoreless during a second-half onslaught that showed why they are the favourites to retain their European title this season.

Leinster visit the Stade Ernest Wallon next week to take on fellow four-time European champions Toulouse while Wasps return to the Ricoh Arena to face Bath in an all-Premiership clash.

More to follow.

Leinster: Kearney; Larmour, Ringrose, Henshaw, Lowe; Sexton (c), L McGrath; Healy, Cronin, Furlong; Toner, Ryan; Ruddock, Van der Flier, Conan.

Replacements: Tracy, J McGrath, Porter, Fardy, O’Brien, McCarthy, Byrne, Tomane.

Wasps: Le Roux; Bassett, De Jongh, Le Bourgeois, Daly (c); Sopoaga, Simpson; Zhvania, Taylor, Brookes; Rowlands, Gaskell; Shields, Young, Carr.

Replacements: Cruse, Harris, Stuart, Myall, Johnson, Hampson, Searle, Miller.

Sin binned: Sopoaga (40).

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