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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Leinster shocked by lowly Dragons

Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor
Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor

Coach Matt O’Connor slammed the PRO12 League for the “unacceptable” absence of a Television Match Official at Leinster’s shock 16-14 fall to The Dragons at a muted RDS yesterday, writes Des Berry.

Then, Ben Te’o tore it up through the centre and Fitzgerald’s flashing change of angle and reach for the whitewash was deemed a knock on by referee Ben Whitehouse.

The scrum churned out another penalty which Gopperth landed with ease in the 53rd minute.  

The Dragons were not without threat, full-back Jason Tovey missing a drop goal just before Dave Kearney broke from deep in an impressive counter.

Second row McCarthy’s indiscipline into a ruck handed Prydie a simple chance to make it 13-9 to The Dragons in the 63rd minute.

The move to inside centre didn’t inconvenience Te’o too much. He was away again, finding replacement John Cooney on his shoulder and the scrum-half’s grubber was grounded by Kearney.

The Dragons wasted no time in recovering a lead they never lost from Prydie’s penalty for 16-14 in the 66th minute to leave Leinster standing outside the Top-4 in fifth. 

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