Monday 16 September 2019

Penny shines on debut as young Blues cruise to win

Leinster 52 Ospreys 7

Leinster's Bryan Byrne his side's sixth try against Ospreys at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Leinster's Bryan Byrne his side's sixth try against Ospreys at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Des Berry

Leinster shrugged off a lethargic start to decorate the evening with a bonus-point, seven-try win to stay in charge of Conference B of the PRO14 at the RDS last night.

In the beginning, the Welsh looked like posing a serious threat as their out-half Sam Davies pulled Leinster apart from set-piece moves. Leinster were lucky to escape with just flesh wounds.

The clinical nature of the home side came to light from their first attack, Ciaran Frawley and Scott Fardy combining to allow centre Conor O'Brien to saunter home.

Frawley then stroked a penalty and Scott Penny, on his debut, punched in a try at the end of a maul.

Leinster's Hugh O'Sullivan is tackled by Keelan Giles of Ospreys. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Leinster's Hugh O'Sullivan is tackled by Keelan Giles of Ospreys. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

When the Ospreys did finally translate their potential into points, it was rubbed out when referee Marius Mitrea spotted John Kotze had knocked over Noel Reid off the ball.

That was the signal for Leinster scrum-half Nick McCarthy to stretch over and Frawley made it 24-0 at the break.

The bonus point was next on the checklist and it arrived without too much resistance from lock Fardy.

The determination to keep a clean sheet was just as strong, Ed Byrne jumping on a loose ball when a maul had been turned back.

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It wasn't long before replacement Hugh O'Sullivan was cutting through, for prop Byrne to notch the fifth try, converted by Frawley.

Jack Kelly became the third new cap just before Max Deegan sprinted over and hooker Bryan Byrne slid home ahead of Hanno Dirksen's consolation try.

Scott Penny of Leinster during last night's match at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Scott Penny of Leinster during last night's match at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Leinster - H Keenan; A Byrne, C O'Brien (J O'Brien, 61), N Reid, J Lowe (J Kelly 66); C Frawley, N McCarthy (H O'Sullivan, h-t); P Dooley (E Byrne 48), J Tracy (B Byrne 58), M Bent (V Abdaladze 61); R Molony (M Kearney 61), S Fardy (capt); J Murphy (M Deegan 58), S Penny, C Doris.

Ospreys - J Hook (L Morgan 45); H Dirksen, C Allen, J Kotze (T Williams 58), K Giles; S Davies, T Habberfield M Aubrey 61); R Jones (G Thomas 58), S Otten (S Parry 45), T Botha (A Jeffries 58); G Nemsadze (R McCusker 58), L Ashley; O Cracknell (capt), S Cross (W Jones 68), J King.

Ref - M Mitrea (Italy)

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