Le­in­ster dish out a les­son again as Dragons are put to the sword

Irish Sunday Mirror - - SPORT - BY LEE JONES

RUGBY UNION Dragons 10 Le­in­ster 59

Byrne scored the dif­fi­cult con­ver­sion from wide out on the left and Le­in­ster held a 7-0 lead af­ter just eight min­utes.

Kear­ney al­most dou­bled his tally in the 12th minute but he was stopped short and it took an il­le­gal in­ter­ven­tion from Lewis Evans to pre­vent Penny from scor­ing.

Evans got a yellow and Le­in­ster came again, with Penny scor­ing af­ter a driv­ing fin­ish to the left of the posts.

Byrne notched the con­ver­sion but that score was can­celled out by Ja­son Tovey’s first suc­cess­ful at­tempt on goal from a 19th minute penalty.

Dragons were fi­nally on the score­board but Le­in­ster didn’t take a step back and Fardy crashed over in the 23rd minute.

He found him­self in space down the right wing and re­ceived the long pass from Jami­son Gib­son-park to score.

Fi­nally Byrne missed from the tee but Le­in­ster were in con­trol as they held a 19-3 half-time lead.

Kear­ney scored af­ter an­other bril­liant Ross Byrne cross-field kick in the 43rd minute.

Rho­dri Wil­liams hit back with the Dragons’ con­so­la­tion but then Le­in­ster ran riot late on.

O’brien (twice), Doris, Keenan and Bryan Byrne all scored af­ter the 54th minute in a com­pre­hen­sive win. DRAGONS:


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