McGrath’s hospital pass lets Canna steal win
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.