Leinster thump Connacht

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Leinster head coach Leo Cullen sang the praises of star winger James Lowe after their 56-20 Heineken Champions Cup round-of-16 second-leg win over Connacht at the Aviva Stadium. Robbie Henshaw bagged a brace and Jamison Gibson-Park and Tadhg Furlong also touched down as Leinster ran out 82-41 aggregate winners. 

“He (Lowe) put in a good week this week, James,” commented Cullen afterwards. “He’s very, very talented as we know. When he really applies himself, he’s as good as anyone who is out there. He worked hard this week and you see the rewards he got off the back of that. 

“Some good play for some of his tries, but he brings a different level in terms of the power that he has in contact. It’s a skill that he’s able to manage contact on his terms as well. It was great to see him go well over the last couple of weeks.” 

Connacht, who trailed 28-3 at half-time, improved in the second half, with Tiernan O’Halloran, Sam Arnold, and Abraham Papali’i all crossing, but yellow cards for Bundee Aki and Jack Aungier, coupled with injuries, left them down to 13 men at one stage.

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