Saturday 21 September 2019

First-half blitz earns Leinster bonus point

Leinster 'A' - B Dardis (M McGrath 60); C Kelleher, C O'Shea, T Daly (S Crosbie 54), A Byrne; R Byrne (J Carbery 60) , C Rock; P Dooley, B Byrne (S McNulty 75), T Furlong (R Burke-Flynn 61), T Beirne (G Thornbury 60), R Molony, P Timmins (capt), D Leavy, T Ryan (J Murphy 63).

Moseley - C Foley; K Evans (R Williams 59), G King, A Pinches, M Penn; G Hughes, S Brown (D Brazier 59); T Fidler (S Tolmie 54), A Caves (T Warren 54), A Gardiner (C Voisey 48), G Charlton, B Lawrence, E Siggery (W Keenan 63), J Bercis (H Hone 59), C Brightwell (capt).

Ref - M Hudson (England)

Leinster 'A' had the fourth-try bonus-point tucked away in a lightning quick 18 minutes to take control of Pool 1 in the British & Irish Cup at Donnybrook last night.

The sheer tempo and ball movement was too much for the visitors as prop Peter Dooley, flanker Adam Leavy, centre Collie O'Shea and wing Adam Byrne all grabbed tries.

Moseley did have enough about them to construct a lineout-into-maul for flanker Joe Bercis to ground and out-half Glyn Hughes to convert. Ross Byrne steadied the ship with a smart penalty to make it 29-7 at the break.

The game was put beyond recall when Leavy took advantage of a textbook maul for his second try. Charlie Rock slipped out of a tackle for the half-dozen and O'Shea picked up his second at the end of the third quarter.

Moseley centre Greg King made it in at the corner before Mick McGrath's power-packed finish for Leinster's eighth.

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