Leinster blew away a fancied Wasps side in the first half today in the Aviva Stadium.
The home side roared into a commanding lead at the break, thanks to three tries, and also a botched effort from Willie Le Roux.
While experienced heads like Johnny Sexton and Isa Nacewa were key to the victory, it was the younger contingent who really drove the result home.
Joey Carbery, Jack Conan, Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose all put in immense showing as the three-time winners of the European Cup look like serious contenders to bridge a five-year gap.
What is impressive is the turn-around in the past few seasons. A new generation has emerged, as few survivors of the 2012 campaign still remain.
Although Wasps staged a second-half comeback, the Irish outfit had too much class and the result never looked in danger.
After three dominant home displays in the pool stages, many were predicting that the English Premiership leaders would offer a more stern test, but Leinster’s class saw off the challenge.
Great stuff from @leinsterrugby ??????
— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) April 1, 2017
So many MOTM performers for Leinster (O’Brien and Carberry mainly) but amazing how Sexton always trumps them all. Legend
— Niall Harbison (@NiallHarbison) April 1, 2017
— Kevin Byrne (@kevinjbyrne) April 1, 2017
Conan,Leavy, Carberry,Ringrose, Henshaw all the big performers today. All fairly new faces (relatively speaking). Future is bright! #LEIvWAS
— Emmetín (@emmet10101) April 1, 2017
FB position for the Lions just got harder after that Carbery performance today;
— #RugbyToulon (@rugbytoulon_) April 1, 2017
Joey Carbery just has that x factor. You get excited every time he gets the ball as to what might happen next. #LEIvWAS
— Niall MacLáimh (@monaghanpenguin) April 1, 2017
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