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Saturday 19 April 2014

Coghlan centre stage in Leinster fightback

LEINSTER 'A' came from behind to leave the Channel Islands with the spoils thanks to a strong second-half display.

Mike Le Bourgeois kicked Jersey into a 9-0 lead after 18 minutes. Leinster out-half Noel Reid exchanged penalties with his opposite number, before pulling one back before half-time to make it 12-6.

Colin McEntee's side got on top after the break, with Jordan Coghlan to the fore. Leo Auva'a muscled his way to a try, before captain Rhys Ruddock powered over in the corner.

Jersey pushed hard to try and steal the victory in a tense finish, but Leinster survived.

JERSEY – B Davies; A Maggs, M Stelling, D Bishop, E Dawson; M Le Bourgeois, D McCormack; S McCarthy, D Felton, J Brennan; N Hannay (capt), D Markham; J Voss, F Silcock, G Thompson.

LEINSTER 'A' – C Marsh; A Boyle, B Macken, J Coghlan, A Byrne; N Reid, J Cooney; J O'Connell, A Dundon, J Hagan; B Marshall, T Denton; R Ruddock (capt), D Ryan, L Auva'a.

REF – S Rees (WRU).

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