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Leinster 45 – 25 Dragons
18.24 – PENALTY: Leinster 0 – 3 Dragons (Prydie ’5)
The visitors get the scoreboard moving with a well-struck kick from the right touchline. Leinster pinged for going in from the side.
The hosts though, are straight back up the other end and Jevon Groves is spotted sealing off on his 22…
18.28 – TRY: Leinster 10 – 3 Dragons (Conway ’8)
Straight off the kick-off, Noel Reid comes onto the ball and exposes an enormous gap in the Welsh line.
His run takes him all the way into the 22 before he has to offload. And a solid offload it was, right into the grasp of Andrew Conway who manages to twist his way over the line despite a tackle.
18.32 – TRY: Leinster 10 – 10 Dragons 9 (Jones ’13)
Well,, if I didn’t just speak way too soon.
Noel Reid has set up a try for each side. This one: a wild pass intercepted deep inside his own half by Steffan Jones. The fly-half has the entire field in front of him, but crosses the line despite close attention from Cooney.
18.36 – Can”t see who the victim was, but Tuilagi has just put in a big hit on a Leinster back. Penalty neatly despatched by Madigan from the 22.
18.47 – Penalty: Leinster 13 – 13 Dragons (Prydie ’27)
Faletau, Stoddard and Jones begin to make inroads into Leinster’s defence, but the ball is whipped back to Jones who attempts a drop-goal.
It trails left and wide, but Leinster hastily restart and give away a calamitous penalty 25 metres from goal.
Dead centre, nobody expected Prydie to miss.
Penalty: Leinster 26 – 13 Dragons (Madigan ’43)
Andy Tuilagi penalised again, but really Leinster’s experienced forwards butchered two chances there. First Cronin, and then Cullen passing back in when he had blue shirts outside.
That’s half time
19.24 – TRY: Leinster 33 -13 Dragons (Jennings ’47)
John Cooney having a solid outing and draws a penalty on halfway after chipping past Nimmo.
The ball is sent into the corner and Cronin’s throw is quickly turned to a maul which cruises over the line. Shane Jennings pops up with the ball and Madigan converts from the touchline.
19.38 – TRY: Leinster 38 – 25 Dragons (Evans ’62)
Leinster falling off all kinds of tackles and after Tuilagi is taken to ground Prydie shakes off Auva’a before offloading to Dan Evans. The fullback bursts through another failed high tackle to go in under the posts.
19.47 – The Dragons keep on coming, they’re building phases in the 22, but excellent counter rucking from Nacewa knocks them back a pivotal yard. Two rucks later, Jennings forces a white jersey to hold on. Penalty Leinster in front of their own posts.
20.09 – That’s it from me folks, hope you enjoyed the action, or are at least happy with the result.
We’ll bring you news of Ulster as soon as we can and tomorrow, we’ll be live from Croke Park for the All Ireland hurling final.
Until then, happy reading.