Leinster Keep Pace With Pro-12 Leaders With Treviso Win
Written 2 months ago by Will O'Callaghan
Leinster cut the gap to Guinness Pro-12 leaders Munster and second-placed Ospreys with a 40-14 win at Treviso.
The Blues crossed for six tries at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo, two of them for Dave Kearney, who was returning from an ankle injury.
Adam Byrne touched down for the fourth bonus point try early in the second half.
Leinster scored a try in the opening moments when Rory O’Laughlin collected Ross Byrne’s chip over the top and slid over. Ross Byrne converted.
And Kearney added his two tries before the hosts registered on the scoreboard.
The Ireland winger, starting for the first time since October, scored out wide after Dominic Ryan’s initial break in midfield.
Kearney again went over in the corner soon afterwards and Ross Byrne added another conversion to make it 21-0.
Robert Barbieri and winger Andrea Pratichetti scored either side of half-time for the hosts, the latter’s try coming after Adam Byrne had finished following a powerful Leinster scrum. Ross Byrne again converted.
Joey Carbery, also returning from injury, had a near instant impact after coming off the bench, burrowing through to score.
And Bryan Byrne went over for a sixth Leinster try following a driving maul.
Birr’s Peter Dooley won his 30th cap in the front-row.
Leinster head-coach Leo Cullen spoke to Marcus Ó Buachalla after the game.
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