Leinster Rugby made it seven bonus-point wins from seven in the Guinness PRO14 with a 40-5 victory over Cardiff Blues at the RDS Arena on Sunday.

Despite a fast start which saw Dave Kearney dot down inside the opening minute for Leinster’s second-fastest PRO14 try ever, Leo Cullen’s side were made to work hard for their win.

After a fantastic chip-and-chase down the left wing saw Jimmy O’Brien run in for the province’s second, Cardiff struck back through Aled Summerhill to make it 14-5.

It was O’Brien again who put Leinster in a position to extend the lead before the break with a clever kick into the Cardiff 22 forcing the visitors to concede a lineout close to their line.

From there, James Tracy scored from the back of a lineout maul to make it 19-5 at the break.

Cardiff’s defence kept Leinster from claiming a bonus-point try until the 66th-minute when Scott Penny powered over.

Penny nabbed a second minutes later with another close-range finish, before Academy player Michael Silvester scored Leinster’s sixth and final try, and his first for the province.

Leinster travel to face Scarlets this Sunday, 29 November, in Round 8 of the Guinness PRO14 (KO 5.15pm, live on eir Sport & TG4).

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