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Sean Cronin Brace Helps Leinster To Bonus Point Drubbing Of Ulster

Guinness PRO14, RDS, Dublin 5/1/2019 Leinster vs Ulster Leinster's Sean Cronin scores his side's second try of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Two tries from Sean Cronin helped Leinster defeat interprovincial rivals 40-7 Ulster in their Pro14 clash at the RDS on Saturday afternoon.

Looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Munster last week, Leinster started off incredibly brightly and grabbed the first try of the game after just five minutes when Sean Cronin bundled the ball over the line following a long passage of play which saw over 20 phases.

Young skerries native Ciaran Frawley clipped over the conversion to give the home side a 7-0 lead early in the game.

The RDS faithful didn’t have to wait long for another reason to cheer as less than 10 minutes later the hooker Cronin again showed his quality showing tremendous power to get over the line as Frawley again kicked over the conversion, to put Leinster in cruise control against their inter-provincial rivals.

Ulster remained composed however and got themselves back into the game soon after when Adam McBurney crossed to halve the deficit, but in what was a frantic first half, the home side responded immediately through a sensational carry from Conor O’Brien to leave the game sitting at 19-7 after just 25 minutes of play.

The game began to settle as both sides wrestled for the upper hand, but Leinster secured that all-important bonus point try before the end of the half when Andrew Porter burrowed over the line after a powerful maul which meant that the home side went into the break 17 points to the good.

After the break, Leinster again came hot out of the blocks and thought they’d grabbed their fifth try of the game after exceptional work from Scott Penny and Ciaran Frawley.

The TMO, however, judged that Penny had knocked the ball on before the out-half Frawley scooped it up to race past the line.

Leinster kept the pressure on their Northern counterparts and eventually broke them down in the 62nd minute as a familiar period of possession led to scrum-half Jamison Gibson Park picking the ball up from the scrum and scoring and following another Frawley conversion the home side were in cruise control and 33-7 to the good.

The home side rounded off the performance with a penalty try at the death as they eventually ran out winners by 33 points at te RDS.

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