Leinster’s waltz to bonus-point win against Castres lets key men rest

Leinster 50-8 Castres

Leinster’s head coach, Matt O’Connor, hailed his side’s collective performance at the RDS on Saturday evening as they kept alive their European Champions Cup hopes with a comprehensive 50-8 victory over Castres in Pool 2.

First-half tries by Dave Kearney, Martin Moore, Eoin Reddan and Sean Cronin meant the hosts had already secured a much-needed bonus point by half-time in this round-five contest. Further touchdowns from the replacements Tadhg Furlong and Darragh Fanning helped Leinster maintain momentum upon the resumption and, after the French side responded with a 70th-minute score from Romain Martial, the replacement scrum-half, Luke McGrath, completed a memorable night for Leinster with their seventh try.

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