Thursday 18 January 2018

Leavy has all the answers

Blues' new-look attack step up to bag Murrayfield bonus

Isa Nacewa. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Isa Nacewa. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Leinster’s Dan Leavy scores his side’s first try against Edinburgh at Murrayfield. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Joey Carbery may have a breakout rival as Dan Leavy capped a masterful performance with two of Leinster's five tries in the 33-20 win in Edinburgh last night.

The flanker was everywhere as the Irish province hit back from an early setback to mesmerise the home side at times.

Initially, Michael Allen took advantage of Phil Burleigh's grubber and Zane Kirchner's slow turn down the right for a try and Duncan Weir added a penalty by the sixth minute.

Leinster didn't take too long to find their rhythm, Isa Nacewa almost working his magic down the right before Leavy's line onto a short ball from Noel Reid was too hot to handle for Nacewa to make it 8-7 in the 13th minute.

There was patience and precision in the way Leinster struck for Garry Ringrose to find the line, Nacewa making it 14-8 at the end of the first quarter.

Leinster were beginning to hum and Sean Cronin's no-look pass put Nacewa in for the third try which the captain converted.

The bonus-point fourth was secured when Jamison Gibson-Park picked the right moment to sniff out the whitewash for his first try and for 26 unanswered points.

On resumption, Edinburgh were given a glimpse of a chance when Leavy was binned for what was deemed to be a third example of Leinster's foul play.

Flanker Watson quickly powered over for a smartly taken try converted by Weir to make it 26-15 in the 48th minute.

Leinster looked to their defence as the gamer wore on.

However, the pressure eventually told when Marcus Bradbury burst over for Weir's conversion to leave four between them.

This was merely the signal for Leavy to complete his impact with a second try, this time from close range.

Ulster moved to the head of the table for one night by virtue of tries from Iain Henderson and Louis Ludik taking them to a 19-8 win over The Scarlets at The Kingspan.

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