Friday 15 December 2017

Leinster address floodlight failure from Glasgow game ahead of Pro 12 semi-final at the RDS

28 April 2017; Referee Marius Mitrea, centre, is seen with his officials on the big screen after a power failure caused the floodlights to fail in the final 2 minutes of the Guinness PRO12 Round 21 match between Leinster and Glasgow Warriors at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
28 April 2017; Referee Marius Mitrea, centre, is seen with his officials on the big screen after a power failure caused the floodlights to fail in the final 2 minutes of the Guinness PRO12 Round 21 match between Leinster and Glasgow Warriors at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Jack O'Toole

Leinster Rugby have said that last month's floodlight failure against Glasgow at the RDS was due to 'an extraordinary failure' with one of the stadium's generators.

The power went out at the RDS Arena in the 78th minute of Leinster's 31-30 win over the Warriors with a 20 minute delay following before the game could be restarted.

When referee Marius Mitrea did resume play, the Blues were able to close out the remaining 94 seconds and secure a one-point win, with Joey Carbery's 74th minute penalty enough to give the hosts their 18th win of the campaign.

However, with Leinster set to take on the Scarlets on Friday evening in the first Pro 12 semi-final of the season, the province has revealed that generational failure was the cause of last month's power outage with Leinster commissioning two separate reports into investigating the floodlight failure.

The reports, which were carried out by Axis Engineering and by Gen Tec, revealed that the Arena's generators were run and tested three times in the week leading up to the 28th April (matchday) with no issues reported.

The most recent test was conducted 16 hours before the generators were started at 18.50 on the day of the Glasgow game, with generator No. 2 suffering an 'extraordinary failure' while generator No.1 was then unable to match the underperformance of Generator No. 2, prompting floodlight failure.

As programmed to do, generator No. 1 then also shut down to protect itself when it could not match the underperformance of generator No. 2.

Both reports into the power outage recommended that in order to mitigate against future risk the following measures should be taken:-

•    Replace components such as voltage regulators and cabling.

•    As the lamps may have been damaged by the loss of power, the service of all lamps and igniters at high level and replacement of capacitors at ground level should be carried out.

•    Install a second set of generators to provide lighting power to 50% of the poles giving a minimum of 500 lux at any one time in the event of a future outage.

The recommendations as provided in the reports will be carried out in advance of the Guinness PRO12 Semi-Final  with the Scarlets on Friday.

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