Leinster Rugby sealed the win this evening against a spirited Newport Gwent Dragons team following a fast paced second half to the match.
The Dragons began the match well with early pressure inside the visitors 22, this positive start saw the home team take the lead through the boot of Dorian Jones following an infringement at the scrum.
The Welsh Region’s 3-0 lead
Leinster went on to extend their lead soon after, winning a penalty and opting for touch before scoring from the resulting line-out. It was Man of the Match Jack Conan’s second try of the evening, which in turn was once again converted by Ross Byrne.
Before the first half was up the Dragons won a penalty, but Dorian Jones’ attempt hit the crossbar from 10m inside the Leinster half.
Half Time: Newport Gwent Dragons 3 – Leinster 14
Leinster began the second half with a high tempo, which saw them cross for their third try of the evening as scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park went over.
The visitors early second half try was followed by a Dragons try, the hosts played the ball out wide to wing Adam Hughes who sprinted over in the corner. Fly-half Dorian Jones slotted the tricky conversion seeing the scores on 21-10 to Leinster with 45 minutes on the clock.
Leinster's bonus point try came courtesy of Ross
The visitors weren’t finished
Following Screech’s try, Leinster immediately responded by scoring two tries in quick succession through their replacements Hayden Triggs and Luke McGrath. Both of which were converted by Ross Byrne seeing Leinster extend their lead further to 47-15. McGrath managed another try before the full-time whistle through their dominance at the scrum with Byrne slotting home his seventh conversion of the evening.
The final try of the evening came from the hosts with replacement scrum-half Sarel Pretorius running under the posts and the conversion being successfully converted by Jones moments before the final whistle.
Full Time: Newport Gwent Dragons 22 – Leinster 54
Referee: Marius Mitrea
Man of the Match: Jack Conan
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