Wednesday 16 October 2019

Reid helps Leinster 'A' seal home comforts

COLIN McEntee's Leinster 'A' couldn't add the scalp of London Welsh to those of Esher, Melrose and Llanelli. But a home draw was sufficient to ensure a home quarter-final in the British & Irish Cup at Donnybrook yesterday.

Noel Reid landed a penalty from 40 metres in the 15th minute, Aaron Dundon plunged over from one metre, Brendan Macken countered to send Dave Kearney home from distance and Reid kicked his second penalty as Leinster eased to an 18-0 advantage.

But, worryingly, centre James Lewis sprinted into the corner for fly-half Alex Davies to convert on London Welsh's first visit into Leinster's 22 to leave it 18-7 at the interval.

Reid kicked his third penalty before Welsh flanker Ed Siggery scored for Davies' conversion to trim the deficit and Will Hurrell flew through midfield for Davies to tie the scores in the 69th minute.

It was left to replacement Cathal Marsh to smash a penalty to restore the Leinster lead. But Davies wasn't finished yet and his kick secured a well-deserved draw.

LEINSTER 'A' -- D Kearney; A Conway, B Macken, C O'Shea, F Carr (D Hudson 68); N Reid (C Marsh 68), J Cooney; J McGrath (capt), A Dundon (T Sexton 68), J Hagan (J O'Connell 74); N Keogh, M Flanagan; B Marshall (C Gilsenan h-t), J Murphy, L Auva'a.

LONDON WELSH -- E Thrower; L Gibson, J Lewis, S Jewell (A Smith 68), W Hurrell; A Davies, J Moates (S Egerton 72); T French, D George (N Morris 38), B Moss (G Roan 67); G Johnson, M Corker (A Brown 68); E Siggery, M Hills, E Jackson (capt, B Russell 64).

REF -- R Thomas (WRU)

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