Wednesday 20 September 2017

Leinster secure second straight bonus point after late surge blows Blues away

Leinster 37 Cardiff Blues 9

8 September 2017; Leinster's Sean Cronin, 16, is congratulated by teammates, from left, Jack Conan, Luke McGrath and Barry Daly, after scoring his side's second try during the Guinness PRO14 Round 2 match between Leinster and Cardiff Blues at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
8 September 2017; Leinster's Sean Cronin, 16, is congratulated by teammates, from left, Jack Conan, Luke McGrath and Barry Daly, after scoring his side's second try during the Guinness PRO14 Round 2 match between Leinster and Cardiff Blues at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Man of the match Jack Conan praised his side's resilience after they overcame a sluggish start against Cardiff Blues to rack up their second successive bonus point win in the Guinness PRO 14 at the RDS.

James Tracy's first-half try gave his side a narrow 10-6 half-time lead before an eight-minute scoring burst in the final quarter saw Sean Cronin, Barry Daly and Nick McCarthy secure a comprehensive 37-9 win following three sublime scores.

"We lost patience and coherence at times," admitted Conan. "We rushed things a little bit but you expect that sometimes as it is only our second game of the season. Once we got going they found it hard to stop.

"We haven't conceded any tries yet this season so I'm delighted for this young team. We were just  pushing things too early, it rained heavily today and the lads were struggling to find their feet."

Leinster coach Cullen agreed that his side made life difficult themselves, particularly during a tortuous first-half.

"Yeah, we didnt apply enough pressure early on, we coughed up ball, were impatient and caused ourselves trouble. We had a breeze in the second-half and we were a bit smarter and the boys responded well.

"The scoreline flattered us and the defence were strong. We still have a lot of work-ons and the conditions will be a little bit different in South Africa over the next two weeks."

Leo Cullen also offered an injury update on two of his players.

"Dan Leavy rolled his ankle. He didn't look too bad. Rob Kearney had a bit of a grab in his hamstring. We will wait and see in terms of South Africa but looking more unlikely than likely."

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