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Saturday 22 July 2017

Leinster have hit record total of tries in League history

Leinster prop Ed Byrne
Leinster prop Ed Byrne

Leinster moved with ominous precision to dismantle The Scarlets 45-9 and regain their place at the head of the PRO12 table on Saturday.

When Leinster hit their purple patch for 26 points in 12 minutes, from the 47th to the 59th, it left Scarlets black and blue and beaten out of sight.

It rounded out Leinster's capture of 20 points from four games during the Six Nations window.

Last week, Leinster surpassed the jointly held record of 68 tries in a full season from the 15 previous years of this League.

Their seven tries on Saturday night took them up to 76 tries in 17 rounds, averaging out at almost 4.5 tries-per-match.

However, there is still a three-horse race for the all-important two home semi-final slots with The Ospreys two points behind in second and Munster one point further back.

"It's tight at the top of the table," said Leinster coach Leo Cullen.

"You can't afford much of a slip-up at any stage."

The loudest cheer of the evening was reserved for replacement prop Ed Byrne's impressive support of Adam Byrne for his first try on his eighth appearance.

"It was a special moment for him," said Cullen.

It was his first game at The RDS since October 31st 2014 and the 23-year-old loose-head had accumulated just 104 minutes of professional rugby before replacing Peter Dooley on Saturday night.

"You see the reaction from all his team-mates and how highly he is held in the group.

"It is a really, really positive step for him. He has worked incredibly hard to get to this point."

Cullen was not too concerned about minor injuries to Noel Reid (hip) and Adam Byrne (quad).

There is a three week break to Leinster's next League match at home to Cardiff Blues when their Ireland internationals could return.

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