Sunday 26 January 2020

O'Brien back in 'A' rout

Richmond 19 Leinster A 68

O’Brien: on the charge for Leinster. Photo: Sportsfile
O’Brien: on the charge for Leinster. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Leinster A racked up 10 tries as they romped to victory in west London in their opening pool tie of the British and Irish Cup.

Barry Daly, Jimmy O'Brien, Bryan Byrne each bagged a brace of five-pointers for Hugh Hogan's charges, with Jordan Larmour, Jack Conan, Peadar Timmins and James Ryan also getting in on the act.

Out-half Ross Byrne converted all but one of the tries as he contributed 18 points.

But perhaps the best news of all for head coach Leo Cullen was that Sean O'Brien was as lively as ever as the Ireland flanker got through a full 40 minutes, in his first appearance in Leinster colours since January, following a hamstring injury sustained during the Six Nations.

The Tullow Tank was replaced as scheduled by Will Connors at the break.

Leinster all but ended the tie as a contest before the break as they notched up five first-half tries thanks to Daly, O'Brien and Byrne, while Richmond could only muster one through Charlie Broughton.

Leinster continued their assault after the interval with Larmour's converted try, before Conan, Timmins and Byrne all crossed over during a concentrated barrage.

Cullen will be pleased to hear that recently fit-again No 8 Conan was a dynamic presence for the near hour he played.

Ireland U-20 skipper Ryan then completed the rout late on, and Leinster could reflect on a satisfactory start.

Richmond - Platt, Broughton (Gadsby 58), Woodward, Quarendon (Bellamore 47), Freeman; O'Hagan, Heeks (Grant h-t); Hughes (Tarrant h-t), Pike (Townsend, 48), Boland, Lenygon, Hotson, Sargeant, Halsall, Edwards.

Leinster A - A Byrne (J Larmour h-t); H Keenan, J Kelly, J O'Brien, B Daly; R Byrne, N McCarthy (C Rock 52); P Dooley, B Byrne (S McNulty 67), J Loughman (O Heffernan 52); H Triggs (D O'Connor 67), J Ryan; P Timmins, S O'Brien (W Connors h-t), J Conan (M Deegan 58).

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