Leinster came from behind to seal a 21-16 victory over Aironi in Thursday night’s Magners League clash at the RDS…Nacewa Post Match Reaction…

Speaking after the game, Nivea for Men Man of the Match Isa Nacewa said: “There were lots of young guys out there and we came out in the second half and showed a good bit of character, but we made hard work of it at times.

“We were lucky to get away with it at the end, but we’re happy with the win. We’ll take the fight-back as a positive but we have a lot of hard work to do for a big game against Cardiff Blues next week.”

Tito Tebaldi kicked the visitors into an early 3-0 lead before Nacewa levelled the scores three minutes later with a penalty with the first half drifting between both halves with neither side asserting themselves.

In the 34th minute after a spell of pressure number eight Nick Williams crashed over for Aironi, which Tebaldi converted, to make it 10-3, a lead they held into the interval.

A Nacewa 42nd minute penalty reduced the deficit before Substitute Niall Morris gathered a wonderful Richardt Strauss offload after good work by Nacewa to edge the hosts into the lead, with Nacewa adding the points.

A 56th minute Paolo Buso drop goal levelled the scores before Nacewa added his fourth successful kick of the night on the hour mark as the game ebbed and flowed before David Kearney roared in for a try after some excellent work by substitute Shane Jennings in the 76th minute.

Though a Buso penalty reduced Leinster’s lead to five points, the hosts held on to move into second place in the Magners League table.

LEINSTER SCORERS: N. Morris, D. Kearney (1 try each), I. Nacewa (3 penalties, 1 conversion)

AIRONI SCORERS: N. Williams (1 try), T. Tebaldi (1 penalty, 1 drop goal), P. Buso (1 penalty, 1 drop goal)

LEINSTER:

15: Isa Nacewa
14: Andrew Conway
13: Brendan Macken (Niall Morris, 12)
12: Eoin O'Malley
11: David Kearney
10: Ian Madigan (Ian McKinley, 69)
9: Paul O'Donohoe (Isaac Boss, 46)

1: Heinke van der Merwe (Jack McGrath, 77)
2: Richardt Strauss (Jason Harris-Wright, 77)
3: Clint Newland (Simon Shawe, 66)
4: Kevin McLaughlin
5: Devin Toner
6: Rhys Ruddock CAPTAIN
7: Dominic Ryan
8: Stephen Keogh (Shane Jennings, 46)

REPLACEMENT NOT USED: Ed O'Donoghue

AIRONI:

15: Paolo Buso
14: Kaine Robertson
13: Gabriel Pizarro
12: Horacio San Martin
11: Danwel Demas
10: James Marshall
9: Tito Tebaldi

1: Alberto De Marchi
2: Roberto Santamaria
3: Fabio Staibano
4: Marco Bortolami CAPTAIN
5: Joshua Furno
6: Nicola Cattina
7: Jaco Erasmus
8: Nick Williams

REPLACEMENTS:

16: Luigi Ferraro
17: Andrea De Marchi
18: Luca Redolfini
19: George Biagi
20: Andrea Benatti
21: Pietro Travagli
22: Alberto Benettin
23: Matteo Pratichetti

REFEREE: Nigel Owens (WRU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Dave Wilkinson (IRFU), Mark Hermin (IRFU), 4th OFFICIAL: John Montayne (Leinster Rugby Referees), 5th OFFICIAL: James Fegan (Leinster Rugby Referees), TMO: Peter Ferguson (IRFU)