Saturday 7 December 2019

Vote for Leinster's try of the year

Dave Kearney dives over to score Leinster's second try against Ospreys
Dave Kearney dives over to score Leinster's second try against Ospreys
Leinster's Luke Fitzgerald sprints clear to score against Northampton Saints
Sean O'Brien goes over for Leinster's first try against Ospreys
Leinster's Jordi Murphy goes over to score his side's third try against Castres

For your chance to win tickets to Leinster v Edinburgh on May 10 in the RDS vote for your Leinster try of the year on Independent.ie. The try of the year will be announced at a black tie event, The Leinster Awards Ball in the Mansion House round room on May 3.

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1: Dave Kearney v Ospreys

Pro12, September 14, 2013, RDS

Dave Kearney started the game at full-back but an injury to Luke Fitzgerald meant that he was soon switched to his more usual spot on the wing.

That enforced change worked to devastating effect when Kearney popped up on the left wing to finish a sweeping move that was initially started by Jimmy Gopperth.

The fly-half reacted brilliantly to turn over ball as he cut through the Ospreys midfield before offloading to the onrushing Kearney.

Kearney still had plenty to do, picking the ball up well outside the Ospreys' 10-metre line, but his searing pace was no match for Richard Fussell, who he left for dead as he touched down in the corner.

2: Luke Fitzgerald v Northampton

Heineken Cup, December 7, 2014, Franklin's Gardens

It may have been Luke Fitzgerald who scored the try but this one will always be remembered for the magical through-the-legs pass from Brian O'Driscoll in the build-up.

Leinster patiently went through the phases before the ball was spun wide. O'Driscoll won't thank Gordon D'Arcy for a pass that lacked any real conviction but his improvisation to find Rob Kearney through his legs was a piece of genius.

Kearney fed Fitzgerald who stepped inside Jamie Elliott to score his second try of the game inside the first eight minutes.

3: Sean O'Brien v Ospreys

Heineken Cup, October 12, 2013, Liberty Stadium

It was Jamie Heaslip's steal from Andrew Bishop that allowed Leinster turn a defensive situation into an attacking one in the blink of an eye.

Heaslip would be involved in the move again with a strong carry and it was Gopperth's perfectly weighted pass for Sean Cronin that allowed the hooker to break free.

Cronin showed terrific acceleration before having the awareness to offload when he was stopped just short of the line.

Sean O'Brien was the only Leinster player who managed to keep up with the elusive hooker and the 'Tullow Tank' was on hand to finish a move that had started eight phases earlier.

4: Jordi Murphy v Castres

Heineken Cup, January 12, 2014, Stade Pierre-Antoine

Jordi Murphy's late try typified Leinster's hugely impressive win in Castres, but it was perhaps fitting that it was all started by man of the match Gopperth's excellent turnover.

As soon as Leinster won back possession, Isaac Boss fed Ian Madigan who attacked the line before passing to Cian Healy.

The loose-head prop had come on as a replacement and his extra energy allowed him to barnstorm his way past two defenders which paved the way for Murphy to touch down in the corner for Leinster's third try of the game.

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