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Dooley's try sets off Leinster surge

Leinster 'A' 45-13 Ealing Trailfinders

Published 12/12/2015 | 02:30

30 November 2015; Leinster's Michael Bent arrives for squad training. Leinster Rugby Squad Training. Rosemount, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
30 November 2015; Leinster's Michael Bent arrives for squad training. Leinster Rugby Squad Training. Rosemount, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
Cian Kelleher on his way to scoring Leinster A's sixth try
Leinster A's Cathal Marsh kicks a conversion
Leinster A's Royce Burke-Flynn shakes off Carwyn Jone's tackle to score his side's seventh try

Leinster cemented their place at the head of Pool 1 in the British & Irish Cup with this six-try demolition at Donnybrook last night.

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It took them time to wear down their English visitors, who were direct and full of purpose as their scrum-half Alex Davies exchanged penalties with Cathal Marsh for 6-6.

The breakthrough came close to the break from prop Peter Dooley's hard line onto the ball from close range.

They took off from there. The movement was spellbinding as second-row Gavin Thornbury provided the final pass for flanker Josh Murphy to claim the second try.

Then, Mick McGrath took off down the left and the ball was fizzed right for Darragh Fanning to pick his way to the line.

Ealing were growing weary in defence. The gaps were starting to appear and Collie O'Shea went through one for the bonus-point fourth, Marsh's conversion taking it to 30-6 in the 57th minute.

Centre O'Shea took a weaving route for his second and full-back Kelleher arced around the cover for the fifth.

Ealing did come up for air long enough for their No 8 Chris York to strike.

But replacement prop Royce Burke-Flynn went over in injury-time to put the gloss on a dominant Leinster display.

Leinster 'A' - C Kelleher; D Fanning, C O'Shea, S Crosbie, M McGrath (I Fitzpatrick 63); C Marsh (H Brewer 68), C Rock (M D'Arcy 63); P Dooley, B Byrne, M Bent (R Burke-Flynn 57), G Thornbury (D O'Connor 49), T Beirne (S McNulty 70), J Murphy (T Ryan 59), D Leavy, P Timmins (capt).

Ealing - J Love; C Wilson, S Stanley, J Munro, P Chesters; T Roberts, A Davies; W Davis, R Lawrence, A Penny, C Jones, L Jones, H Orr, A Ellis, C York.

Ref - C Evans (Wales)

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