Madigan on the mark for five-try Leinster

Ian Madigan laid down a notable marker as Leinster kicked off their season with an impressive victory in the unfamiliar surroundings of Tallaght Stadium on Saturday evening.

Joe Schmidt’s Heineken Cup champions raced in for five tries to notch an impressive win and the Kiwi was delighted with the performances in front of a big crowd.

“I guess it was a little like Carlow last week when we had a super turnout. It gets players excited.”

Filling the large boots of Jonathan Sexton, Madigan wanted to catch the eye and after Leo Auva’a’s opener on ten minutes and Ian Clark’s retort for Gloucester the fly-half stepped forward on the half-hour mark, racing past the cover for an easy try to give Leinster a 14-10 lead at the break.

After the restart Madigan turned provider and a crossfield kick picked out debutant Andrew Boyle for his first try in the senior blue shirt.

However, Nigel Davies’ side continued to press and got reward for their efforts when Peter Buxton finished off some incessant Gloucester probing and crashed over.

But Leinster soon settled again and further tries from Dominic Ryan and Darren Hudson got their season off to a fine start – apart from some knocks and bruises along the way.

Scorers for Leinster: Tries: L Auva’a, I Madigan, A Boyle, D Ryan, D Hudson. Cons: I Madigan (four).

Scorers for Gloucester: Pens: R Cook. Tries: I Clark, P Buxton, D Murphy. Cons: R Cook, T Taylor.

LEINSTER: D Hudson; A Boyle, C O’Shea, N Reid, F Carr; I Madigan, J Cooney; J McGrath, A Dundon, J Hagan; T Denton, D Browne; B Marshall, S Jennings , L Auva’a.

Replacementss: T Sexton for Dundon (ht), D Ryan for Marshall, (ht), B Marshall for Browne (56), J O’Connell for McGrath (58), M Moore for Hagan (58), S Coghlan-Murray for Boyle (58), J Murphy for Jennings (64), B Macken for O’Shea (72), L McGrath for Hudson, (77).

GLOUCESTER: R Cook; S Monahan, T Molenaar, B Twelvetrees, I Clark; T Taylor, D Lewis; Y Thomas, D Dawidiuk, S Knight; T Savage, A Brown; P Buxton, A Hazell, S Kalamafoni.

Replacements: D Murphy for Thomas (ht), D Christolini for Knight (ht), M Thompson for Cook (ht), D Robson for Lewis (ht), J Simpson-Daniel for Monahan (ht), K Brittoon for Dawidiuk (52), R Langley for Hazell (64), T D’Apice for Britton (77).

Referee: Alain Rolland (IRFU).

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