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- Guinness PRO12
- 6th Sep 2013
- KO 19:05
- Ground: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
- Att: 6,329
RaboDirect PRO12: Leinster come from behind to beat Scarlets 42-19
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Defending champions Leinster came from behind to claim a bonus-point victory over the Scarlets in their RaboDirect PRO12 season opener at Parc y Scarlets.
Five tries from prop Martin Moore, number eight Jordy Murphy, replacement Darren Hudson, Dave Kearney and outside-half Jimmy Gopperth, who supplied a total of 22 points, saw Leinster recover from being 13-0 down.
For the Scarlets centre Steven Shingler provided 14 points with their one try coming from captain Rob McCusker, but they were unable to take advantage of the fact that their opponents had Kearney, Hudson and Jack McGrath all sin-binned.
It was the hosts who had much the better of the first half to lead 16-10 at
the interval. They were indebted to Shingler who put over two penalties in the opening seven minutes.
The Scarlets impressive opening continued as McCusker went over under the posts for the first try although he did not appear to ground the ball properly.
Leinster come on strong
At that stage the Welsh region looked in control, but Leinster responded with a soft try which came from a drive at a line-out with prop Martin Moore claiming
Gopperth, making his league debut for Leinster, added the conversion and followed that up with a penalty to close the gap to only three points before the Scarlets took a six point lead into the second half with a third Shingler penalty.
But it was all Leinster after the break starting with a try for Murphy only 52
seconds into the half with Gopperth's conversion putting the Irish province in the lead for the first time at 17-16.
Gopperth and Shingler swapped penalties before Leinster ended the match with 22 unanswered points with tries in quick succession for Hudson and Gopperth killing the contest.
McGrath and Gareth Owen were sin-binned before Leinster rounded off their comprehensive win with a try for Kearney in the right corner, converted by Gopperth.Grand Final 2013/14. Click here to bet.
Guinness PRO12 Table
|Saturday 20th September|
|Scarlets 43 - 0 Benetton Treviso|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 13 - 33 Glasgow|
|Friday 19th September|
|Connacht 10 - 9 Leinster|
|Cardiff Blues 9 - 26 Ulster|
|Munster 31 - 5 Zebre|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 Glasgow|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Leinster 42 - 12 Scarlets|
|Friday 12th September|
|Ulster 33 - 13 Zebre|
|Edinburgh 13 - 14 Connacht|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 15 - 17 Ospreys|
|Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 Munster|
|Sunday 7th September|
|Zebre 26 - 41 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 6th September|
|Glasgow 22 - 20 Leinster|
|Connacht 16 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 32 - 32 Ulster|
|Friday 5th September|
|Munster 13 - 14 Edinburgh|
|Ospreys 44 - 13 Benetton Treviso|
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