Leinster Rugby ran in nine tries against Benetton in the United Rugby Championship at Stadio Monigo to retake top spot in the standings.

The bonus point was secured by the break thanks to efforts from Max Deegan, Seán Cronin, Jordan Larmour and player of the match Ross Byrne.

In the early going, Leinster’s ball-handling was matched by Benetton’s tenacity in front of the home crowd.

Jamie Osborne and Tommy O’Brien were providing penetration to go with the wide movement, Rhys Ruddock stopped on the right by Rhyno Smith.

But, the continuity had drawn a penalty which Ross Byrne immediately put to touch in the corner.

Quick runners off the back of the lineout established a close-range rucking game, Deegan driving to the line in the sixth minute.

Benetton were encouraged by recovering the kick-off and spreading the game to claim a penalty which they also arrowed to the corner.

In contrast, they were beaten back and Ross Byrne stepped up to intercept a flat pass, something his brother Harry also chose, although offside was given on that occasion for wing Smith to slot for 7-3 in the 12th minute.

For all of Leinster’s quick ruck ball and back-door passes, there was no easy way through, Ross Byrne resorting to putting the ball in the air.

A flat pass from Scott Penny to Osborne almost opened the door to the second try. A whipped left-handed delivery from Ross Byrne enabled Larmour and Cronin to punch out the metres.

The commitment to go for seven points, instead of three, paid off when Ross Molony rose to grab a lineout and the maul moved quickly, Cronin shooting clear of it to dot down.

The next penalty led to a lineout and Larmour, hidden in behind Harry Byrne, rocketed around the corner to arc outside centre Joaquin Riera for an excellent third, Ross Byrne converting.

Sadly, Harry Byrne had to withdraw with an injury for Dave Kearney to come on, just as Jimmy O’Brien sped through the middle, Leinster denied another by Toa Halafihi’s expertise at the breakdown.

Peter Dooley, on his 100th appearance, was next to get in behind, the final pass picked off by second-row Nicola Piantella before Jimmy and Tommy O’Brien and Larmour combined to eat up the ground.

Leinster’s patient continuity pulled the Italians out of position and Ross Byrne turned in the bonus-point try and conversion.

Dooley’s game intelligence in playing to the whistle sparked a counter-attack which had Ross Molony galloping up the right ahead of the break.

Benetton were intent on making a better impression after the break and they almost answered the call when Smith looked likely to score until Tommy O’Brien’s closing speed brought the left-wing down.

The considerable left boot of Osborne and a scrum penalty earned by Dooley put Leinster in charge of a lineout which was sacked for a turnover.

The home side’s indiscipline at the scrum offered Leinster another lineout which led to another maul and another Cronin try for Byrne’s extras to make it 35-3 in the 49th minute.

A quick tap penalty when Tommy O’Brien was penalised for being ahead of the kicker put Benetton on the front-foot, second-row Piantella picking and going from a ruck on the 22 to withstand Larmour’s challenge for their first of the day.

That only further encouraged the visitors, Jimmy O’Brien’s sweetly judged nudge forcing a lineout from where James Tracy motored over.

Tommy O’Brien had to come to the rescue when Byrne was blocked and replacement Tracy followed the steal of a loose ball on the floor with a rip in the tackle.

The Italians came at pace to test out the defence, Dan Leavy bending at the hips to clutch a breakdown penalty.

Cormac Foley, in for his second cap, provided quality service from scrum-half, Ruddock hurtling into a gap and the offload was taken home by Jimmy O’Brien in the 64th minute.

Leinster weren’t done though. An offload from Deegan put Ruddock close before Tracy steamed over from another maul. Byrne was prevented from a perfect day on placed balls when the conversion came back off both posts and the crossbar.

A loose Leinster lineout was taken to the whitewash by openside Lorenzo Cannone for Smith to convert again.

However, Leinster would have the final say with Jimmy O’Brien finishing off a fine movement, the full-back also converting to close the show.