Leinster A 30 Currie 7
January 23, 2011 / jmcconnell
Leinster secured their second successive bonus point in the British & Irish Cup when they defeated Currie 30-7 at Donnybrook on Sunday afternoon…
Ian McKinley kicked the hosts into a 2nd minute 3-0 lead as the Blues enjoyed the better of the early exchanges and a searing Niall Morris break five minutes later almost reaped the first try of the game but he was denied.
But from the resulting passage of play Eamonn Sheridan found Andrew Conway and the 19-year-old sprinted clear to score at the Wesley End. Leinster began to dominate with the power of Simon Shawe causing the Scottish visitors damage at scrum time while Jack McGrath picked up where he left off from last weekend with some strong breaks.
Again a Morris burst almost reaped a second try but he was denied. Currie gradually came back into the game with scrum-half Richard Snedden probing frequently, but his opposite number Paul O'Donohoe displayed tenacity in quelling threats and asking questions of the defence.
In fact O'Donohoe almost profited from a Sheridan burst which was denied metres from the Currie try-line, but a Currie defender illegally blocked O'Donohoe as he aimed for the line from the resulting ruck. McKinley slotted home the resulting penalty in front of the posts on 27 minutes to make it 11-0 to the hosts.
The half drew to a close with limited opportunities for either side, but Leinster came racing out of the traps with Dave Kearney almost scoring but the left wing's attack was denied, but in the 55th minute Leinster touched down for their second try of the afternoon, again through Conway, after good work from Kearney and Morris.
Substitute Ian Madigan added the points with an excellent touchline conversion to give Leinster an 18-0 lead before Brendan Macken scorched past the Currie defence to earn Leinster's third try.
Prop Jack McGrath secured the bonus point when he gathered a Madigan pass to touch down from close in after an excellent Kearney break with 68 minutes on the clock, and Madigan again added the points to make it 30-0.
Centre Alex Dunbar added a late consolation try for the visitors, with Hayden Abercrombie adding the extras, but Leinster were good value for their win against a spirited Currie side.
REFEREE: Ross Campbell (RFU)
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Mark Patton (IRFU), Stuart Douglas (IRFU)
4th OFFICIAL: Barry O'Keeffe (LRR)
5th OFFICIAL: tbc
Cons: I. Madigan (2)
Pens: I. McKinley (2)
14: Andrew Conway
13: Brendan Macken
12: Eamonn Sheridan
11: David Kearney (Michael Keating, 69)
10: Ian McKinley (Ian Madigan, ht)
9: Paul O'Donohoe (John Cooney, 64)
1: Jack McGrath
2: Aaron Dundon (Tom Sexton, 62)
3: Simon Shawe (Stewart Maguire, 54)
4: Eoin Sheriff
5: Mariano Galarza (Ed O'Donoghue, 69)
6: Kevin McLaughlin CAPTAIN
7: Jordi Murphy
8: Leo Auva'a (Ciaran Ruddock, 67)
14: Adam Whitingham
13: Hayden Abercrombie
12: Alex Dunbar
11: Tom Brown
10: Andrew Binikos
9: Richard Snedden
1: John Cox
2: Finlay Gillies
3: Alastair Hamilton
4: Ryan Wilson
5: Gary Temple
6: Mark Cairns CAPTAIN
7: Michael Entwhistle
8: Ross Weston
16: Stu Simonsen
17: Ross Merrilees
18: Neil Scobie
19: Adam Best
20: Matt Scott
21: Fraser Harkness
22: Ian Dowhey