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Thursday 21 November 2019

Ruthless Leinster snuff out Dragons

Harry Byrne
Harry Byrne

Leinster moved five points clear of Ulster in Conference A with a facile, eight-try bonus-point domination at The RDS last night.

The Dragons were snuffed out without too much fuss, unheralded prop Michael Bent earning a penalty at the scrum and his second try in three matches in the eighth minute.

Sam Davies struck a penalty before Rory O'Loughlin and Scott Penny combined to send Dave Kearney home for Harry Byrne to convert.

The Welsh club benefitted from the alert reaction of Jordan Williams to slide over on the left.

Leinster's ability to strike back was evident from the restart, their tempo opening up a hole Harry Byrne went through, adding the conversion for 19-8 at the interval.

The bonus-point wasn't too long in coming, the teeming rain providing a clue to the best avenue forward, a driving maul cranked up for Ronan Kelleher to claim the reward.

This was followed by a real cracker, Byrne's kick seeking space, Kearney starting and finishing a three-man move with Conor O'Brien and Penny.

After that, the home side came raiding to secure two tries from James Lowe and a first ever for Hugh O'Sullivan.

The Welshmen eventually found consolation from Owen Jenkins late try.

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