Friday 22 September 2017

McGrath dives over to deliver Leinster bonus

Leinster 30
Currie 7

Leinster moved to within three points of pool leaders Cornish Pirates by whacking Currie for a bonus-point win at Donnybrook yesterday.

Out-half Ian McKinley started well, striking a penalty in the third minute, which was quickly followed by an old-fashioned outside break from right-wing Andrew Conway to build an 8-0 lead for Leinster.

The Leinster scrum was the dominant force throughout the game with Jack McGrath, Aaron Dundon and Simon Shawe all helping to march Currie backwards.

McKinley's second shot from the shadow of the posts edged them further ahead before Leinster No 8 Leo Auva'a was sin-binned just before the half-time break.

Leinster survived the 10-minute period with just 14 players and then they went in search of the bonus point.

Conway cut back against the grain for his second try in the 53rd minute and replacement Ian Madigan converted from a wide position out on the left.

Then Ireland U-20 centre Brendan Macken burst through a gap and outsmarted the last defender on the outside for a superb try to put Leinster within touching distance of the bonus point.

And the bonus-point victory was completed by the Blues when Madigan made room for prop Jack McGrath to dive over the line, just before a consolation try from Currie centre Alex Dunbar, which was converted by Hayden Abercrombie.

Leinster -- N Morris; A Conway, B Macken, E Sheridan, D Kearney; I McKinley, P O'Donohoe; J McGrath, A Dundon, S Shawe, E Sheriff, M Galarza, K McLaughlin (capt), J Murphy, L Auva'a. Reps: I Madigan for McKinley (h-t), S Maguire for Shawe (53), T Sexton for Dundon (61), J Cooney for O'Donohoe (63), C Ruddock for Auva'a (67), M Keating for Kearney, E O'Donoghue for Galarza (both 69).

Currie -- J Smith; A Whittingham, H Abercrombie, A Dunbar, T Brown; A Binikos, R Snedden; J Cox, F Gillies, A Hamilton, R Wilson, G Temple, M Cairns (capt), M Entwistle, R Weston. Reps: F Harkness for Smith (h-t), N Scobie for Cox (42), M Scott for Binikos (46), A Best for Temple (57), S Simonsen for Gillies, R Merrilees for Hamilton (both 65), I Dowhey for Whittingham (72).

Ref -- R Campbell (RFU).

Irish Independent

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