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Published: 15:13 | 18/1/16

Leinster too good for Bath

Consolation win for Cullen's men

Leinster continued their good run of form as they beat Bath 25-11 in their European Rugby Champions Cup clash at the RDS on Saturday evening.

A Sean Cronin try midway through the second half added to five penalties and a conversion from the boot of Ian Madigan were enough to give Leinster a deserved victory and knock Bath out of the tournament, with lock Leroy Houston crossing for the visitors and George Ford and Rhys Priestland landing a penalty apiece.

It was a dead rubber as far as Leo Cullen's side were concerned, having already been knocked out of the tournament after four successive defeats before Christmas, but they were looking to build on a good run which has taken them into second place in the PRO12 table.

Madigan landed a penalty early on in a cagey opening before Ford levelled matters just before the half hour mark.

But Leinster hit back with three more penalties in quick succession from Madigan to take a 12-3 lead into the half-time break.

Madigan split the posts again on 46 minutes to make it 15-3, but Houston crossed for the opening try of the game shortly afterwards to reduce the arrears to just seven and put Bath within sight of a losing bonus point.

However, their hopes were dashed as Cronin finished superbly just after the hour mark, with Madigan converting to make it 22-8.

Priestland cut the deficit to eleven with a little over ten minutes remaining with his first penalty, but Madigan slotted his fifth three-pointer of the evening towards the end to seal a deserved victory for Leo Cullen's charges.

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