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- Guinness PRO12
- 30th Nov 2013
- KO 19:15
- Ground: The Greenyards
- Att: 17,800
RaboDirect PRO12: On-song Leinster score impressive victory over Scarlets
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Leinster ran out 36-19 winners over the Scarlets as they moved into second spot in the RaboDirect PRO12.
The province's head coach Matt O'Connor reintegrated a number of their international players and a very efficient first half hour at the RDS yielded three tries - one each for Brendan Macken and Jack McGrath as well as a penalty try.
The Scarlets ate into the 22-0 half-time deficit with an opportunist score from Gareth Davies and Gareth Maule added another by the hour mark but Leinster made sure of the bonus point with tries from Eoin Reddan and man-of-the-match Zane Kirchner before a late consolation effort from Scarlets centre Adam Warren.
The Scarlets were first to threaten, with half-backs Aled Thomas and Gareth Davies leading them through a mammoth set of phases as they edged towards the home try-line but Leinster held them at bay and captain Shane Jennings won an eighth-minute penalty slotted home by Ian Madigan.
Kirchner added some zip to an attack on the left before centre Macken evaded Warren's grasp in midfield and darted over in the right corner. Madigan was unable to convert.
Leinster then forced five-metre scrum which forced a couple of penalties and the third collapse led to the awarding of a penalty try.
After Madigan's conversion, the Scarlets looked set to hit back immediately as scrum-half Davies raided through but his pass to the supporting John Barclay was adjudged forward.
Injuries to Martin Moore and Gareth Owen briefly broke up the game's momentum, however the Scarlets were now struggling and Leinster's power up front ground them down again with prop McGrath piling over under the posts. Madigan added the extras.
The visitors - with a reinforced front row containing Romanian international Horatiu Pungea - pressed for an elusive try and they got their reward seven minutes into the second period.
Timani yellow carded
Scrum-half Davies profited from a Jennings knock-on as he scooped up a breaking ball and his momentum took him past Madigan and Reddan to score in the left corner. Thomas sent the conversion to the left and wide and the Scarlets suffered a setback soon after as number eight Sione Timani saw yellow for a foot trip on Lote Tuqiri.
Reynolds did well to tackle his opposite number Fitzgerald into touch to deny Leinster a fourth try and the visitors made it a 10-point game with a terrific breakaway effort.
Barclay scrapped for a ruck ball and Jordan Williams and Warren spearheaded a fine counter-attack which ended with Gareth Davies providing the try-scoring pass for Maule who injured himself as he grounded the ball.
After Thomas supplied the extras and Maule was taken off, Leinster made sure to score before Timani's return.
Sean Cronin's barnstorming run got the hosts into position and Reddan plunged over from a close range ruck, with Madigan sweeping home the touchline conversion.
There was still time for replacement Jimmy Gopperth to break down the left and set up Kirchner for a comfortable finish in the corner, before the Welsh region had the final say as Warren evaded Tuqiri's clutches in injury-time.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 26th December|
|14:05||Cardiff Blues vs Dragons|
|17:00||Munster vs Leinster|
|18:45||Ulster vs Connacht|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:40||Glasgow Warriors vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Ospreys vs Scarlets|
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:00||Zebre vs Treviso|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Cardiff Blues|
|17:00||Connacht vs Munster|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Zebre|
|14:40||Leinster vs Ulster|
|17:05||Scarlets vs Ospreys|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:35||Connacht vs Edinburgh|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:40||Cardiff Blues vs Leinster|
|15:00||Zebre vs Munster|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Ulster|
|16:00||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Wednesday 14th January|
|TBC||Leinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Connacht|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Ulster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Zebre vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Munster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 21st February|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Dragons 25 - 11 Zebre|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Ospreys 31 - 20 Ulster|
|Glasgow Warriors 21 - 18 Munster|
|Friday 19th December|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 9 Scarlets|
|Edinburgh 48 - 0 Treviso|
|Leinster 21 - 11 Connacht|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Glasgow Warriors 19 - 15 Dragons|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Connacht 14 - 8 Scarlets|
|Leinster 18 - 12 Ospreys|
|Zebre 18 - 10 Edinburgh|
|Friday 28th November|
|Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 Treviso|
|Munster 21 - 20 Ulster|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster|
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
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