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Sunday 22 April 2018

McNamara bemoans collapse

Leinster 'A' 28 Doncaster Knights 37

Try scorer: Ed Byrne
Try scorer: Ed Byrne

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Coach Noel McNamara could not hide his disappointment at how Leinster 'A' let go a 13-point lead to come unstuck against Doncaster Knights at Donnybrook on Saturday afternoon.

Tries from centre Gavin Mullin, prop Ed Byrne and scrum-half Nick McCarthy, all converted by out-half Ciaran Frawley, had them 21-8 ahead at the break.

Barry Daly of Leinster A is tackled by Will Owen, left, and Lesley Klim of Doncaster Knights Photo: Sportsfile
Barry Daly of Leinster A is tackled by Will Owen, left, and Lesley Klim of Doncaster Knights Photo: Sportsfile

From there, they simply fell asleep at the wheel to get blitzed by the Knights for 29 points, including four second-half tries.

"That 40 minutes is not a reflection of our performance in the tournament to date," said McNamara.

"It doesn't leave a nice taste," added McNamara, ahead of a home quarter-final in April.

Leinster 'a'- B Daly; J Kelly, G Mullin (C O'Brien 67), N Reid, T O'Brien; C Frawley (H Byrne 71), N McCarthy (C Rock 65); E Byrne (capt, O Heffernan 79), R Kelleher (S McNulty 65), M Bent (J Aungier 70), M Kearney, I Nagle, J Murphy, M Kearney (O Dowling 51), P Timmins
Doncaster - P Jarvis; J Bulumakau, L Klim, M Clark, T Lewis; S Humberstone (D Cusack 73), M Heaney (T James 64); R List (J Bergmanas 51), B Hunter (C Langdon 61), J Sproston (I Williams 65), M Challinor (capt), T Hicks, J Tyrell (J Hill 61), W Owen, A Shaw (A Batt 65)
Ref - M English (Wales)

Nick McCarthy of Leinster A dives over to score his side's third try Photo: Sportsfile
Nick McCarthy of Leinster A dives over to score his side's third try Photo: Sportsfile

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