Sunday 30 April 2017

Blues hopes dashed

Leinster got off to a roaring start as Tom Daly touched down inside the first minute, with out-half Cathal Marsh slotting the conversion. Photo: Getty
Leinster got off to a roaring start as Tom Daly touched down inside the first minute, with out-half Cathal Marsh slotting the conversion. Photo: Getty

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Leinster 'A's hopes of progressing to the knockout stages were dealt a hammer blow in Ladybay last night as they coughed up a 14-point advantage to Nottingham who supplanted them in second place of Pool 5.

Nottingham 28 Leinster 'A' 24

Leinster got off to a roaring start as Tom Daly touched down inside the first minute, with out-half Cathal Marsh slotting the conversion. Hugh Horgan's side scored again through scrum-half Nick McCarthy. Marsh added the extras.

Nottingham responded with a converted try from Darryl Veenendaal, but Leinster extended their lead through No 8 Max Deegan, and Marsh again made no mistake with the conversion.

Dominic Ryan was then sent to the bin and, two minutes from the break, Vili Hakalo got in for Nottingham, with Sam Oliver adding the points to make it 21-14 at the turn.

Nottingham's Jamie Stephenson sparked the second half to life with an intercept try and Oliver's conversion levelled matters. Marsh edged Leinster ahead with a penalty, though he missed his next attempt on goal.

Ian Costello's Nottingham took the lead nine minutes from the end when they were awarded a penalty-try off a five-metre scrum and Oliver sealed the win.

Leinster 'A' - B Dardis; H Keenan, J O'Brien, T Daly, B Daly; C Marsh, N McCarthy; A Porter, B Byrne, O Heffernan; D O'Connor, I Nagle; P Timmins, D Ryan, M Deegan.

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