Dec 7, 2013 at 6pm UK at ​Franklin's Gardens
SaintsNorthampton Saints
7-40
LeinsterLeinster
Dickson (67')
FT
Fitzgerald (3', 8', 5'), Heaslip (27'), Reddan (37'), O'Driscoll (63')

Result: Leinster Rugby hammer Northampton Saints

Brian O'Driscoll of Leinster tackles George North of Northampton during the Heineken Cup match between Northampton Saints and Leinster Rugby at Franklin's Gardens on December 7, 2013
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Luke Fitzgerald scores a hat-trick of tries as Leinster Rugby run out 40-7 winners against Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens in the Heineken Cup.

Leinster Rugby have defeated Northampton Saints 40-7 away from home in the Heineken Cup Pool 1.

Winger Luke Fitzgerald scored a hat-trick of tries for the Irish side as they left Northampton's chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the competition in tatters.

Jamie Heaslip, Eoin Reddan and Brian O'Driscoll were the other try-scorers for Leinster at Franklin's Gardens, while Lee Dickson hit one back for the hosts.

The result leaves Northampton third in Pool 1, eight points behind Leinster, who extend their unbeaten run against English sides to 10 matches.

Ireland's centre Brian O'Driscoll is tackled by Samoa's centre Johnny Leota during the International rugby union test match between Ireland and Samoa on November 9, 2013
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