Sunday, December 11, 2011
Earlier today Heineken Cup defending champs Leinster took a step in the right direction as they beat Bath 18-13 at the Recreation Ground. The entire game was physical and this was one of the bigger hits from the first half.
Bath were in a good position after scoring a try through Matt Banahan on 65 minutes, but Jonathan Sexton controlled things for Leinster in typical manner, kicking six penalties and three in those crucial last fifteen minutes of the game.
Olly Barkley slotted two of his own and converted Banahan's try, but a late penalty and sin-binning for captain Francois Louw meant that Sexton took the game away from the home side with the boot.
Multi-talented back Nacewa, playing on the wing today, put in a huge hit on Hipkiss in the first half. Referee Jerome Garces had a good look at it and didn't seem too bothered, as Nacewa seemed to attempt to grasp the Bath center. Perhaps if Hipkiss hadn't received the aptly named hospital pass from Michael Classons, the blow would have been cushioned slightly.
Bath face Leinster in Dublin next weekend for the return leg, with an uphill battle ahead of them if they are to reach the quarter finals. What are your views on the hit?
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