Leinster tyros do the business once more

Leinster 32 Scarlets 5

It was no more than Joe Schmidt’s side deserved for another accomplished performance without their internationals and the way they dismissed a Scarlets side in the hunt for a top four place was impressive.

“It is probably one of the most satisfying wins we have had in a very long time,” admitted Schmidt.

Five wins in succession, most of them without the Irish internationals, leaveLeinster in a very strong position and Saturday night’s victory was pretty emphatic.

Last week Dominic Ryan was the hero in the thrashing of Treviso, this time it was Jordi Murphy with a bustling display that suggested higher callings may lie ahead.

“When you look at the make up of the Scarlets side that’s pretty much their full strength pack,” added Schmidt. “I think the young guys acquitted themselves really well and in the back line there, I thought they did really well. It is great to get young guys out there and for them to get the confidence from that win.”

Leinster’s bonus point, achieved when replacement scrum-half John Cooney dived over in a final rally, leaves them now just five points off Ulster.

Leinster led 11-5 at the break but should have been further ahead as they failed to make an extra man count when Scarlets lock George Earle was binned after 16 minutes for cynically taking out the pod which elevated Murphy in a lineout.

Fionn Carr, Dave Kearney and Andrew Conway combined to send Goodman through for the opening try and while Andy Fenby responded for Scarlets, Aaron Dundon crossed shortly after the restart.

Leinster’s patience was rewarded when Murphy crowned a great display with a try ten minutes from time. Leinster did not panic and got their reward in the dying moments when Cooney crossed.

Scorers for Leinster: Tries: Goodman, Dundon, Murphy, Cooney Cons: Madigan (3) Pens: Goodman (2) Scorers for Scarlets: Try: Fenby LEINSTER: D Kearney; A Conway, E O’Malley, A Goodman, F Carr (F McFadden 49); N Reid (I Madigan 40), I Boss (J Cooney 63); J McGrath (J O’Connell 70), A Dundon (T Sexton 63), M Bent (J Hagan 63); L Cullen, B Marshall (M Flanagan 56); D Ryan (R Ruddock 63), S Jennings, J Murphy.

SCARLETS: A Thomas (D Ford 73); N Reynolds (K Phillips 73), G Maule, A Warren, A Fenby; O Williams, A Davies (G Davies 58); P John (R Jones 63), E Phillips (M Rees 47), J Aadrianse (S Lee 47); G Earle (S Timani 47), J Snyman; A Shingler (J Ball 63), J Turnbull, R McCusker.

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy).

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