Friday 20 October 2017

McGrath extends Leinster 'A' streak

LEINSTER 'A' 23 MOSELEY 13

Scrum-half Luke McGrath hared away for a second try in four minutes to put his side ahead
Scrum-half Luke McGrath hared away for a second try in four minutes to put his side ahead

Holders Leinster made it five from five in Pool 1 of the British & Irish Cup with second-half tries from Bryan Byrne, Luke McGrath (right) and Andrew Boyle eventually seeing off a battle-hardened Moseley at Donnybrook.

The visitors held out for over half an hour, before Leinster out-half Cathal Marsh took advantage of the numerical advantage created by the sin-binning of Greg Charlton to strike home penalties in the 32nd and 35th minutes.

But it wasn't long before Moseley were back on terms, with out-half Will Hooley kicking penalties either side of the break.

Leinster lock Ben Marshall was then binned for obstructing lock Alex Woolford off the ball, and Moseley hit the front when wing Mike Penn took an inside ball to scoot over, and Hooley converted to make it 13-6 in the 44th minute.

The response from Leinster was swift, with hooker Byrne grounding the ball at the rear of a maul, and then scrum-half McGrath hared away for a second try in four minutes to put his side 16-13 ahead after 65 minutes.

The rhythm was suddenly there for Leinster as replacement wing Andy Boyle flew to the right corner and Marsh kicked the extras.

Leinster -- D Hudson; S Coghlan-Murray, C O'Shea, J Coghlan, D Fanning; C Marsh, L McGrath (capt); E Byrne, B Byrne, T Furlong, B Marshall, Q Roux, J Conan, J van der Flier, L Auva'a. Reps: A Boyle for Coghlan-Murray (62), P Dooley for Furlong (73), R Molony for Roux, R Byrne for Marsh (both 78), C Culleton for B Byrne, G Austen for Van der Flier (both 79).

Moseley -- A Carter; M Penn, S Armstrong, G King, M Williams; W Hooley, A Day; T Warren, R Buckley, S Thorp, A Woolford, G Charlton, N Mason (capt), O Robinson, B Lawrence. Reps: M Williams for Buckley (h-t), A Parkins for Thorp (61), C Voisey for Warren, J Carpenter for Robinson (both 65), C Ryan for Hooley, W Owen for Armstrong, D Brazier for Day all (69).

REF -- D Jones (Wales).

Irish Independent

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