Monday 21 May 2018

McGrath bags brace in try-fest

Leinster A 43 Rotherham Titans 24

Cian Kelleher, Leinster, is tackled by Will Goodwin Photo:Sportsfile
Cian Kelleher, Leinster, is tackled by Will Goodwin Photo:Sportsfile
Mick McGrath on his way to scoring his side's second try Photo:Sportsfile
22 January 2016; Steve Crosbie, Leinster, goes over to score his side's third try Photo:Sportsfile
Darragh Fanning, Leinster, goes over to score his side's fifth try Photo:Sportsfile newsdesk

Leinster 'A' helped themselves to six tries at Donnybrook as they secured a home British & Irish Cup quarter-final.

The Blues broke the deadlock after just 30 seconds courtesy of a try from scrum-half Nick McCarthy, with Steve Crosbie adding the conversion and a penalty.

Rotherham hit back through Jordan Davies, but the hosts responded with a breakaway try by winger Mick McGrath. Max Argyle's try cut the gap to 17-10 at the interval.

Leinster came back out with a bang as Crosbie crossed from their opening attack. Rotherham replied with a third try but the hosts claimed the bonus score through Cian Kelleher just shy of the hour mark, before the Titans also registered a fourth touchdown inside the final quarter.

That left the tie in the balance, but thanks to well-worked tries from the experienced duo of Darragh Fanning and McGrath, Leinster 'A' eased to a sixth straight win.

LEINSTER A - B Dardis; C Kelleher, R O'Loughlin (J Carbery 39), H Brewer, M McGrath; S Crosbie (D Fanning 51), N McCarthy (C Rock 65); J Loughman (A Porter 51), B Byrne (A Dundon 57), O Heffernan (J Loughman 71); D O'Connor, J Ryan (W Connors 70); J Murphy, D Leavy (T Ryan 51), P Timmins.

ROTHERHAM TITANS - S Scanlon; M Keating, J Davies (J Gill 45), J Barker, J Hayes; R Jones (W Goodwin 51), L Carter; R Hislop (T Williams 60), J Preece (D Harris 56), M Tampin (J Elliot 60); T Holmes, B Maddison (G Oram 47); M Argyle, T Calladine (A Birch 51), J Redfern.

Ref - D Jones (WRU).

Irish Independent

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