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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Leinster almost lose way in Trailfinders test

Ealing Trailfinders 13 Leinster 'A' 14

Leinster's Darren Hudson in action during squad training
Leinster's Darren Hudson in action during squad training

Leinster 'A' marched on in the B&I Cup, but were made to work hard by Ealing.

Darren Hudson appeared to have given his side the perfect start when he swooped on a loose ball after two minutes, but all ideas of dominating were put in their place by the English Championship's bottom side, who stepped up and went on the attack themselves.

Out-half Ben Ward knocked over a couple of penalties and only Cathal Marsh's three-pointer kept the visitors in the lead at the break despite enjoying good possession and territory.

It was Ealing who appeared to have had the rocket at the interval, and it wasn't until Marsh landed a couple of late penalties that the visitors could relax. Even so it was the hosts who had the last say when Ward set up Andrew Henderson to break away and set up wing Phil Chesters to slide over in the corner.

While the conditions made it difficult there were some alarming problems for Leinster at the scrum and line-out, where Ealing's pack pinched more than their share.

Even so it will be a confident side that comes to Donnybrook in the quarter-finals and expects to return with a win under their belts because this side is capable of so much more.

Ealing Trailfinders -- A Henderson, S Wardingley, R McLean, T Wheatcroft, P Chesters, B Ward, S Commins; R Storer, A Radoi, K Sinckler, S Pape, A Preocanin (captain), M Evans, E Siggery, S O'Connell. Reps: S Wilkes, S Neville, C Carey, G Merrick, TJ Anderson, T Parker, C Kinloch.

Leinster 'A' -- D Hudson, S Coghlan Murray, C O'Shea, N Reid, A Boyle, C Marsh, J Cooney, E Byrne, J Tracy, T Furlong, Q Roux, T Denton, B Marshall, D Ryan (capt), J Conan. Reps: P Dooley, B Byrne, J Van Der Flier, L Auva'a, L McGrath, S Crosbie, J Coghlan.

Ref -- Craig Evans (WRU)

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