McGrath’s hos­pi­tal pass lets Canna steal win

The Rugby Paper - - Guinness Pro14 - By RO­NAN O’BRIEN

LEO Cullen’s Le­in­ster lost at home for the first time since last year’s PRO12 fi­nal as Benet­ton be­came the first Ital­ian side to win a pro game in Dublin.

Joey Car­bery’s 57th minute penalty was Le­in­ster only sec­ond-half score as the bril­liant Fred­erico Ruzza and To­masso Al­lan led Benet­ton to the mem­o­rable tri­umph at the RDS.

The home side started the game bril­liantly and hooker Richardt Strauss scored, but Luica Bigi hit back in a sim­i­lar fash­ion.

Le­in­ster landed the sec­ond blow be­fore half­time when Barry Daly touched down for a 12-5 in­ter­val lead.

The Ital­ian side hauled them­selves back into the tie on the back of an­other smart Te­baldi box-kick – which Fer­gus Mc­Fad­den should have dealt with bet­ter – and Ruzza touched down to make it 12-10 af­ter Jay­den Hay­ward gath­ered.

Al­lan missed his sec­ond con­ver­sion and Le­in­ster re­tained the lead, but five min­utes later Canna pounced on Jack McGrath’s wild pass, booted through and man­aged to touch down to put the Ital­ians in the lead.

Car­bery trimmed the deficit to two points with a 57th minute penalty, and when Te­baldi was sin­binned late on for dan­ger­ous ruck­ing while his side had a penalty ad­van­tage to stretch their lead, Benet­ton were forced to hold solid with 14 men.

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