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Leinster’s Jack Conan seals win over Exeter with late try

• Exeter 8-18 Leinster
• Third defeat of an English team by an Irish province in a weekend

This has not been a happy weekend for English clubs in the Champions Cup, either on the field or weather-wise. Not a single victory from five completed fixtures, three of them against Irish provinces, tells its own sobering pre-Christmas story and a 71st-minute close-range try scored by Leinster’s No8 Jack Conan duly ensured a disappointing full set.

There has certainly been a distinct trend in the latest oval-ball round of Anglo-Irish exchanges; English clubs have all encountered a distinctly hard border in terms of free movement over their opponents’ try-lines. As with Munster and Ulster against Leicester and Harlequins, Leinster offered few freebies and the Chiefs’ solitary second-half try from James Short was never going to be enough to preserve his side’s unbeaten record in Pool 3.

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