Leinster ground out a good 19-13 victory over a determined Ospreys at the RDS on Friday evening to maintain their challenge in what is proving to be a highly competitive Magners League…

Speaking after the game Leinster Coach Michael Cheika said: “Considering we were able to get a couple of our younger guys out there to get a taste of the action, we stayed composed and defended well and that’s something you need going down the road.

“They’re a quality side. We made a couple of mistakes, but with the amount of ball I thought we defended quite well. I would have liked one more (try). I thought we deserved one more. But the try in the first half was a quality piece of work. It was one opportunity that came our way that we took.”

Wales out-half James Hook kicked his side into a 21st minute lead with a drop goal before Luke fitzgerald grabbed his fourth try in two games with a well-worked move involving the dynamic Brian O’Driscoll and some excellent work by Felipe Contepomi down the touch line who one-twoed with the young back who rushed in to score three minutes later.

Contepomi added the points to give the hosts a 7-3 lead.

Hook added a penalty on 28 minutes to reduce the lead to 7-6 at the interval.

Contepomi added two penalties on 54 and 75 minutes before successive drop goals by Isa Nacewa pushed the hosts into a strong position. Nikki Walked snatched an injury time try, which Hook converted, to reduce the lead to six points. But the hosts hung on to seal a 19-13 victory in front of 15,140 supporters.

LEINSTER SCORERS: L. Fitzgerald (1 try), F. Contepomi (2 penalties, 1 conversion), I. Nacewa (2 drop goals)

OSPREYS SCORERS: N. Walker (1 try), J. Hook (1 penalty, 1drop goal, 1 conversion)

LEINSTER:

15: Girvan Dempsey
14: Shane Horgan (Rob Kearney, 67)
13: Brian O’Driscoll
12: Felipe Contepomi
11: Luke Fitzgerald
10: Isa Nacewa
9: Chris Whitaker

1: Ronan McCormack (Cian Healy, 58)
2: Bernard Jackman (John Fogarty, 75)
3: Stan Wright
4: Leo Cullen CAPTAIN
5: Devin Toner (Malcolm O’Kelly, 48)
6: Cameron Jowitt (Stephen Keogh, 67)
7: Sean O’Brien (Shane Jennings, 48)
8: Jamie Heaslip

REPLACEMENT NOT USED: Chris Keane
OSPREYS:

15: Lee Byrne
14: Tommy Bowe
13: David Bishop
12: Andrew Bishop
11: Nikki Walker
10: James Hook
9: Rhys Webb

1: Duncan Jones
2: Huw Bennett
3: Adam Jones
4: Alun-wyn Jones
5: Ian Evans
6: Jonathan Thomas
7: Steve Tandy
8: Ryan Jones CAPTAIN

REPLACEMENTS:

16: Ed Shervington
17: Paul James
18: Ian Gough
19: Fio Tiatia
20: Rhodri Wells
21: Daniel Biggar
22: Johnny Vaughton

REFEREE: Nigel Owens (WRU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: George Clancy (IRFU), Darragh McCormack (IRFU), 4th OFFICIAL: Brian Montayne (ARLB), 5th OFFICIAL: Gordon Murray (ARLB), TMO: Dudley Phillips (IRFU)