Leinster Rugby maintained their defend on extreme spot in Convention ‘A’ of the Guinness PRO14 with a bonus-point defeat of Dragons at Rodney Parade on Friday evening time time time.
The hosts regarded to make a constructive begin just for scrum-half Rhodri Williams to place the ball out in your full, handing James Tracy an attacking lineout 35 metres out.
Josh Murphy collected the hooker’s throw and Jack Conan was shortly into the sport on his 100th cap for the membership.
A case of confused working traces handed possession as shortly as additional to Dragons and indiscipline on the lineout value Leinster additional flooring.
A battle of attrition ensued on the acquisition line. This time, the house facet transgressed when their quantity eight Huw Taylor obstructed fringe defenders.
A burst from Ryan Baird prompted a sequence of offloads that signalled The Blues intent, the ball spilling unfastened just for half-back Williams to kick the ball ineffective.
The Welsh boys had been leaning into their maul as a predominant weapon on a heavy flooring with out the accompanying kicking methodology to reap the rewards.
That wasn’t additional additional liable to remaining so long as Leinster had been unfastened, the scrum giving up a penalty sooner than Conan stole a lineout.
Then, Cian Kelleher was alert to a dropped ball and Harry Byrne swooped to the rescue from Sam Davies chip forward as Leinster had been compelled to compete from inside their very private half.
The Dragons had been collaborating in on earnings and Davies settled for the lead components contained contained within the 16th minute.
Winger Kelleher took Jordan Williams a split-second early and Davies struck to double the lead contained contained within the 19th minute.
From a scrum in midfield, referee Ben Whitehouse judged the Leinster entrance row accountable of dropping the engagement, Davies going three from three for 9-Zero on the simplest of the primary quarter.
The primary time Leinster obtained deep into their half recreation, the ball moved by way of the fingers of backs and forwards, unfastened forwards Murphy and Conan and centre Rory O’Loughlin driving them to inside 5 metres.
Second row Ross Molony pumped his legs and prop Peter Dooley drove to the posts from Tracy’s pop cross for a attempt, reworked by Ross Byrne contained contained within the 24th minute.
Nonetheless, from the restart, Tom Clarkson was chopped by centre Jack Dixon and flanker Ben Fry was appropriately into the breakdown to vitality a penalty, Davies notching his fourth three-pointer.
A satisfying Harry Byrne punt from a penalty-to-touch put Leinster scorching on the assault as shortly as additional, Ryan Baird offering the ball off the very best.
Conan, Clarkson and Molony started a barrage of carries ending in Scott Penny’s low drive to the road for Ross Byrne to seize the lead for the primary time from the conversion.
Leinster had been bigger from the next restart, Conan and Dooley going ahead and Kelleher brilliantly capturing Luke McGrath’s exit kick.
Full-back Max O’Reilly dealt appropriately with a tricky ball and Penny was cool-headed near his line from Ashton Hewitt’s teasing kick.
There adopted a interval of sustained stress whereby Leinster under no circumstances regarded in peril of breaking, Davies dispatching his fifth kick for unlawful ruck work contained contained within the 37th-minute.
As shortly as more-to-back penalties conceded by Leinster on the scrum and the lineout made for one remaining Dragons assault from a maul.
Nonetheless, flanker Fry’s landing was dominated out when obstruction was seen by referee Whitehouse, leaving the Welsh 15-14 in entrance on the interval.
There was a cagey opening to the second-half as kicks had been exchanged sooner than Kelleher’s quick-thinking nearly cracked the Dragons defence.
Josh Murphy’s one-two with Luke McGrath on the fringes was nullified when Fry turned over one completely completely fully fully completely different penalty on Max O’Reilly.
Ross Byrne’s partaking angled ball contained contained all through the 22 was complemented by Baird nicking Richard Hibbard’s lineout.
Leinster went into overdrive, O’Reilly testing centre Aneurin Owen’s defence and the relentless recycles drawing a yellow card for tight-head Lloyd Fairbrother.
The Irish province opted for a faucet penalty from 5 metres out, Tracy predominant the related value and Josh Murphy squeezing for the third attempt, reworked by Ross Byrne contained contained within the 49th minute.
An unbelievable counter by Leinster’s as shortly as additional row of Penny, Murphy and Conan carried play inside Dragons’ half the place Ross Byrne’s grubber turned Jordan Williams and Dave Kearney snapped into the breakdown to vitality a penalty.
They weren’t precisely foot-perfect from there, dropping flooring by way of a malfunction on the lineout. Nonetheless, they stayed contained all through the related residence of the sphere.
Clarkson powered up a penalty on the scrum and Ross Molony claimed a lineout to spark a fast surge for a penalty try and the bonus-point.
Worse as shortly as additional, substitute Dan Baker was binned for his work there due to champions moved forward 28-15 contained contained within the 56th minute.
The guests defended soundly till Harry Byrne’s relieving kick into residence launched on full-back Williams to knock-on.
Scrum-half McGrath was the architect of Leinster’s fifth, Dan Sheehan taking the ball on to side-step Williams in a formidable effort for Ross Byrne to remodel for 35-15 contained contained within the 64th minute.
In the interim, 20-year-old Kildare loose-head Marcus Hanan made his entrance for an unlimited cap, turning applicable right correct proper right into a member of 1 completely completely fully fully completely different Leinster Golf objects prop in Wexfordman Greg McGrath contained all through the doorway row.
The Dragons didn’t ease off, regardless that that that that that that that they had been a overwhelmed docket, and Luke Baldwin achieved from shut differ for Davies so as in order so as in order so as in order so as to add the extras contained contained within the 72nd minute.
Coach Leo Cullen gained’t be too proud of how Dragons added a second attempt by Josh Lewis, reworked by Davies, to earn a dropping bonus-point contained contained within the remaining minute.