Wednesday 17 January 2018

Slick Leinster impress in seven-try demolition of Gloucester

Leinster 50 Gloucester 14

Jordan Larmour of Leinster is congratulated by team-mates after scoring his side's sixth try during the Bank of Ireland Pre-season Friendly match between Leinster and Gloucester at St Mary's RFC in Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile
Jordan Larmour of Leinster is congratulated by team-mates after scoring his side's sixth try during the Bank of Ireland Pre-season Friendly match between Leinster and Gloucester at St Mary's RFC in Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile

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Leinster were able to hit the half-century mark in an impressive seven-try demolition of Gloucester in their second pre-season hit-out at Templeville Road last night .

Leinster were slick in the early moments, carving up Gloucester's defence from the first minute.

It was Scott Fardy's fine line that did the initial damage for scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park and prop Peter Dooley to act as the links to Isa Nacewa for the first try.

The odds on a thrashing then shortened as Jordi Murphy, Max Deegan and especially Rob Kearney created the opening for hooker Bryan Byrne to put down his second pre-season try in two matches, and Ross Byrne to convert in the 14th minute.

Gloucester out-half Owen Williams then began to come into the game, mainly through his educated boot.

They were alive to space on the right and Henry Purdy powered through a tackle for Williams, who looked like making a game of it with a successful conversion in the 25th minute.

The finer detail of Leinster's back play was exploiting gaps and the speed of Gibson-Park, allied to good decisions by Kearney brothers Rob and Dave, put Max Deegan in position to hammer home his physical advantage, and for Byrne to make it 19-7 at the break.

From there, Ireland U-20 Jordan Larmour made a deep impression with his two tries, first stepping inside and then latching on to Cathal Marsh's chip.

It was then a case of the floodgates opening up, as Leinster gutted Gloucester for four more tries.

They were content to add a Byrne penalty before Larmour pinched the first of his two tries on the hour and Deegan nabbed his second four minutes afterwards.

The English club picked up a consolation try through Andy Symons before Larmour and wing Keenan completed the rout.

LEINSTER: R Kearney (J Larmour h-t); H Keenan, A Byrne, I Nacewa (capt) (F McFadden h-t), D Kearney (B Daly h-t), (I Fitzpatrick 65); R Byrne (C Marsh 60), J Gibson-Park (C Rock 49); P Dooley (E Byrne 60), B Byrne (S McNulty 60), M Bent (V Abdaladze 65); I Nagle (M Kearney h-t), S Fardy (O Dowling 60); Josh Murphy, Jordi Murphy (W Connors h-t), M Deegan (O Heffernan 72)

GLOUCESTER: D Halaifonua (T Hudson h-t); C Sharples (H Purdy 15), H Trinder (M Scott h-t), B Twelvetrees (M Atkinson h-t), O Thorley (A Symons h-t); O Williams (B Burns h-t), W Heinz (capt, C Braley h-t); J Afoa (C Orr h-t), H Walker (J Mullis h-t), F Balmain (G Denman h-t); E Slater (T Savage h-t), J Thrush (A Crammond h-t, T Denton 72); J Polledri (C Beckett h-t), L Ludlow (W Safe h-t), F Clarke.

REF: D Wilkinson (IRFU).

Irish Independent

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