Leinster rebound to sink Saints

Leinster beat Northampton 33-22 to capture the European Cup off the back of an immense second half effort.

The Irish side trailed 22-6 at the break, having been completely outclassed in every facet of play. The Saints’ superiority was such that they even scored while former Springbok prop Brian Mujati was sin binned in the first half. They were being bullied in the forwards and seemingly had no capacity for a telling rebuttal.

However, flyhalf Jonathan Sexton dragged his side off the canvas, scoring and converting two tries within 20 minutes of the restart, then kicking them into the lead with two penalties. The scores demoralised the Saints, and a late Nathan Hines try sealed the result.