Leinster canter past Dragons

Date published: February 24 2017

Leinster moved to the top of the PRO12 with a 54-22 win over a lowly Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday.

It was the Irish side's first win in Newport in three years and they did it in style, running in eight tries to leapfrog Munster at the summit of the table. 

Leinster dominated the first half, but had to do it the hard way after trailing early on, Dorian Jones kicking through the posts after a Leinster scrum. 

From that point on, Leinster had the best of the first half and it showed in the scoreline with Jack Conan handing Leinster the lead with a well taken try but it was Joey Carbery who created it, starting with the ball from just outside the 22 before teeing up for his teammate. Ross Byrne added the extras. 

Just past the midway point of the first half, Conan scored another converted try. This time, Max Deegan getting the take from the lineout and handing to his teammate led to the points and a creditable first half lead for the Irish province. 

The second half got off to the best start for the visitors with Jamison Gibson-Park benefitting from good work from Jack Conan and Deegan and the game seemed all but over. 

Newport had other ideas though and Adam Hughes raced over in the corner just five minutes after the break with Jones converting. 

From that point, the game belonged to Leinster though with Carberry and James Tracy touching down before the hour mark with Hayden Triggs turning it into something of a rout later in the match. 

Luke McGrath took his side into the mid-40s before helping Conan take Leinster past the half century mark, but Newport scored the final points of the game with their third try of the match, but it was too little, too late.

The scorers:

For Dragons:
Tries:
Hughes, Screech, Pretorius
Cons: Jones 2
Pen: Jones

For Leinster:
Tries:
Conan 2, Gibson-Park, Strauss, Tracy, Triggs, McGrath 2
Cons: Byrne 7

Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Adam Hughes, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Pat Howard, 10 Dorian Jones, 9 Tavis Knoyle, 8 Lewis Evans (c), 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Ollie Griffiths, 5 Rynard Landman, 4 Nick Crosswell, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Sam Hobbs
Replacements: 16 Rhys Buckley, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Matthew Screech, 20 Harrison Keddie, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Angus O’Brien, 23 Adam Warren

Leinster: 15 Joey Carbery, 14 Adam Byrne, 13 Zane Kirchner, 12 Noel Reid, 11 Fergus McFadden, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Peadar Timmins, 6 Rhys Ruddock, 5 Mike McCarthy, 4 Ross Molony, 3 Michael Bent, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Peter Dooley
Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Mike Ross, 19 Hayden Triggs, 20 Max Deegan, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Cathal Marsh, 23 Barry Daly

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant Referees: Claudio Blessano (Italy), Craig Evans
TMO: Stefano Pennè (Italy)

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