Leinster overcame Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Garden this afternoon on a scoreline of 43-16 in the Heineken Champions Cup.
Three first-half tries from James Lowe, Rhys Ruddock and Andrew Porter helped the four-time European Champions to a 19-16 lead at the break. Shortly after half-time, the bonus-point was secured following Cian Healy’s try. Ross Byrne then got on the scoresheet just minutes after being introduced.
In the final five minutes, Luke McGrath and Ed Byrne went over for Leinster’s sixth and seventh try of the day to wrap up a 27-point victory over the Gallagher Premiership side.
While Leinster were fully deserving of their victory, the final scoreline somewhat flattered to deceive as Northampton Saints contributed plenty to what was a very entertaining game.
One of their main driving forces on the day was Welsh international Dan Biggar who helped steer the Northampton ship for the 63 minutes he was on the field.
However, the out-half found himself on the wrong side of Alexandre Ruiz in the opening half when the referee struggled to get Biggar’s attention to warn him to keep his temper in check.
After not responding to repeated shouts of “Dan” from the referee it finally took the call of “Mr Biggar” to gain the Welsh man’s attention.
It was, how you say, a full Partridge moment and one worth having a look at again.
"Mr Biggar, MR BIGGAR!"
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) December 7, 2019