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RaboDirect PRO12: Dominic Ryan scores hat-trick as Leinster thrash Treviso 40-5
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Flanker Dominic Ryan helped himself to a hat-trick of tries as Leinster thrashed Benetton Treviso 40-5 to move within two points of second-placed Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect PRO12.
Hooker Sean Cronin weighed in with a couple of scores and Leo Auva'a also touched down in a comprehensive triumph with the visitors' sole success being an unconverted second half try from Ludovico Nitoglia.
Leinster hit the front on ten minutes; the industrious Ryan reached over in the corner at the end of a long spell of play on the right wing, although Ian Madigan was off target with a difficult conversion attempt.
Number two arrived three minutes later as Cronin ran through on the left side following a couple of outstanding breaks by his Ireland colleagues Luke Fitzgerald and Fergus McFadden and Ryan added his second of the evening midway through the half following a well-orchestrated lineout drive.
Cronin joined him in bagging a brace when he finished off a sweeping move in front of the posts on 27 minutes and, with Madigan converting, the half-time lead stood at 26-0.
Ryan completed his treble six minutes after the restart, opportunistically breaking away from a maul before touching down - Madigan adding a fine conversion from the touchline.
But Treviso stuck manfully to their task and were rewarded with the score that their efforts deserved when wing Nitoglia produced a sharp finish to ground the ball in the right corner at the end of a fine team move.
But it was Leinster who had the final say on 69 minutes, Auva'a, a late call-up to the replacements bench, going over to the right of the posts with Fergus McFadden converting in the absence of Madigan.Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
Guinness PRO12 Table
|Saturday 6th September|
|TBC||Munster vs Edinburgh|
|TBC||Connacht vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Glasgow vs Leinster|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Ulster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 13th September|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Munster|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Connacht|
|TBC||Ulster vs Zebre|
|TBC||Leinster vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 20th September|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Ulster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Munster|
|TBC||Ospreys vs Edinburgh|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Connacht vs Leinster|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow|
|Saturday 27th September|
|TBC||Leinster vs Cardiff Blues|
|TBC||Munster vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Scarlets|
|TBC||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Zebre vs Ulster|
|TBC||Glasgow vs Connacht|
|Saturday 4th October|
|TBC||Leinster vs Munster|
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