Leinster winger James Lowe showed acrobatic finishing ability by scoring two decisive tries in his side’s derby win over rivals Munster.


Lowe beat three Munster defenders on route to his first try, combining with another Kiwi, Jamison Gibson-Park down the short side. The halfback found Lowe with a long cutout before Lowe used his strength to stay in play and dot down with one hand to extend Leinster’s early lead to 14-0.

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The play came down Munster’s right side where Kieth Earls was still in the sin bin. Minutes earlier Earls had been yellow carded following an early tackle on Lowe which lead to a penalty try to Leinster. The ex-Chiefs wing then capitalised by scoring where Earls was missing for a 14-point swing.

After a Munster fightback, Lowe scored his second of the match with an aerial effort in the second half, managing the touchline to get the ball down inside the corner flag.

The 30-22 win by Leinster keeps the defending Guinness Pro 14 champions at the top of table in Conference B while Munster fell to fourth in Conference A following the loss.



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