Leinster back to winning ways with routine victory over Sharks
Bouncing back from last Sunday’s defeat in Glasgow, Leinster secured their bonus point through replacement Rob Russell and Tommy O’Brien, before Russell cancelled out Dylan Richardson’s late consolation try.
Two soft enough penalties leaked by Leinster saw fly-half Bosch split the posts twice inside the opening 10 minutes. His second strike was from halfway, but came after Larmour had opened the hosts’ try account for the evening.
Leinster began the second quarter with their second try, number eight Deegan driving in low to score with Michael Ala’alatoa on the latch. Harry Byrne’s conversion made it a double-scores lead.
The South Africans were content to see out the first half just six points down, although the loss of flanker Vincent Tshituka to an arm/shoulder injury was a considerable blow.
In a double tackle with Ngatai, Leinster hooker Barron’s shoulder made contact with Kerron van Vuuren’s head, prompting a 42nd-minute sin-binning. However, Bosch blundered when kicking the penalty dead.
From there on, Leinster took control. Ngatai’s turnover penalty teed up Byrne to extend the lead to nine points before Jamie Osborne’s 50:22 kick had them hunting a try.
Foley’s neat pass, combined with Jason Jenkins sucking in defenders, put Russell over to the right of the posts. Byrne tagged on the extras to open up a 22-6 advantage.
The Irish province bagged their bonus point in the 65th minute, as industrious winger O’Brien swept over on the right via a pinpoint Sam Prendergast cross-field kick. The young replacement was unable to convert.
The visitors’ reserve hooker Richardson broke off a 79th-minute maul to touch down, only for Fassi to knock on following the restart. Ross Molony nudged the loose ball through for Russell to complete his brace.