Leinster 56-20 Connacht (Agg: 82-41): Eight-try hosts reach last eight

James Lowe crosses for one of his three tries against Connacht
Leinster scored a hat trick for Ireland's wing James Lowe
Leinster (28) 56
Tries: Gibson-Park 2, Furlong 2, Furlong, Lowe 4. Cons: Sexton 6, Byrne 2
Connacht (3) 20
Tries: O'Halloran, Arnold, Papali'i Con: Carty Pen: Carty

Leinster won 56-20 against Connacht to reach the Champions Cup quarter-finals at Aviva Stadium.

James Lowe had four tries, Robbie Henshaw scored twice and the hosts were crowned emphatic winners.

Connacht scored three tries in the second period through Tiernan Ol'Halloran (Sam Arnold) and Abraham Papali'i.

Jamison Gibbon-Park and Tadhg furlong scored also for Leo Cullen’s side. They will face Clermont or Leicester at the last eight.

Leinster held a five point lead going into the second leg following Galway's 26-21 win. But Connacht had the perfect start, as Jack Carty won an early penalty just two minutes later.

Connacht won the tie with Carty shortly thereafter, but Carty pulled off a fairly straightforward win.

Leinster dominance

Connacht made a strong start, but Leinster scored the first try after 11 minutes.

Henshaw was able to quickly release Josh Murphy, a rampaging wingman, from the net. Lowe received the ball on the inside from the lock, and Gibson-Park was sent in unaffected. Johnny Sexton added the extras.

Only eight minutes after Henshaw had passed Bundee Aki, former teammate, the four-time European champions got their second attempt at the game.

Furlong's third try came at close range. After some excellent link play between Lowe, Josh Van der Flier, Furlong managed to get over the line in 28 minutes.

Robbie Henshaw celebrates with Ronan Kelleher
Robbie Henshaw (right), who crossed twice for Leinster in the second round, will face Clermont or Leicester during the last eight

Connacht's problems got worse five minutes before the half-time break when Aki was given a yellow card. Lowe managed to get over Sexton's soft hands.

Leinster continued where they left off after the resumption, when Henshaw completed his second following excellent work by Jimmy O'Brien.

Connacht was able to respond in 46 minutes, when Carty put O'Halloran full back for their first attempt of the game.

Connacht played with 13 men for six minutes, with Finlay bealham absent due to head injury. Connacht received a yellow ticket to Jack Aungier replacement Jack Connacht.

Leinster punished their interprovincial rivals when Garry Ringrose broke through after 55 minutes. Lowe was able to take Lowe's long pass for another try.

Connacht was restored to their full complement and responded with a well-taken attempt by replacement Arnold on 62 minute. However, Leinster were relentless. Lowe added two more tries either side Papali’i's score, as Leinster made an ominous statement.

Leinster: Keenan; J O'Brien, Ringrose, Henshaw, Lowe; Sexton (capt), Gibson-Park; Porter, Kelleher, Furlong, Molony, Murphy, Doris, Van der Flier, Conan.

Replacements: Sheehan, E Byrne. Ala'alatoa. Ruddock. McGrath. Frawley.

Connacht:O'Halloran, Porch, Farrell and Aki; Hansen; Carty (capt), Blade, Burke, Heffernan.

Replacements: Murphy, Buckley, Aungier, Dowling, Papali'i, Marmion, Arnold, Fitzgerald.

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