Leinster Steamroll Benetton With Dominant Bonus Point Victory In Italy

Leinster continued their good start to the Pro 14 campaign with a dominant 31-3 bonus point victory over Benetton in Italy on Saturday.

The away side opened the scoring through winger Adam Byrne when he raced onto Jamison Gibson Park’s kick over the top to get in ahead of the Benetton player after just four minutes.

Benetton’s Piazzato slotted over a penalty in the 25th minute as the Italian side looked to battle back into the game, following an extended spell of pressure in Leinster’s 22 but the reigning European champions grabbed their second try of the game almost immediately after.

Hooker James Tracy barrelled over the line after a powerful lineout maul, in what was the perfect response to the 27-year old being left out of Joe Schmidt’s recent Irish squad.

Ross Byrne comfortably knocked over the conversion as Leinster went into the break 12-3 up, and in the ascendancy despite their lack of real domination in the first forty minutes.

Leinster then began the second period in a similar vein to how they finished the first, and almost grabbed their third try of the game ten minutes in as Tracy again went over the line but this time, the referee ruled that the hooker’s foot was in touch as Benetton were awarded the lineout.

It was only momentary relief for the Italian side however as just three minutes later substitute Conor O’Brien who had just come on for Rob Kearney, broke through the Benetton defence to cross for his first senior try, before Byrne added the conversion to put Leinster 19-3 up.

With their tails up, the bonus point try arrived soon after for Leinster, this time it was the impact sub Andrew Porter who crossed, as the away side’s domination threatened to turn this game into a thorough mauling.

The win was topped off by another first, this time it was Joe Tomane’s maiden try in blue following a tremendous chip to the corner by Noel Reid as Leinster finished the game 3-31 winners in Italy.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

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