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REPORT | Dragons A 29 Leinster A 48

The Dragons A side pushed Leinster A harder than any other team had managed to date this season in the new Celtic Cup and picked up a bonus point for scoring four tries.

Martyn Bicknell | 06/10/2018
The Dragons A side pushed Leinster A harder than any other team had managed to date this season in the new Celtic Cup and picked up a bonus point for scoring four tries.

The home side led 21-12 at the break and were still very much in the game up to the hour mark.

In the end, though, four late tries sealed it for the unbeaten visitors, who are now one win away from reaching the inaugural final.

Leinster got off to a flying start with a second minute try from Adam Byrne, but were then hit by a hat-trick of home scores and trailed 21-12 at the break. The game Dragons weren’t finished there and bagged a bonus point with a Matthew Screech try after the break.

But that was the end of the points for the home side as they ran out of steam in the third quarter.

A try in each half from livewire flanker Scott Penney launched the fightback and brought Leinster back to within two points. The Screech try dented the revival, but there was still more to come from the visitors.

The first of two tries from centre Jimmy O’Brien helped to tie things up at 26-26 after 55 minutes before Nick McCarthy, Caelan Doris, Adam Byrne and Jimmy O’Brien again rounded off proceedings with four more tries to make victory safe.

Scorers: Dragons: Tries: Chris Coleman (6), Rhodri Davies (11), Tom Hoppe (33), Matthew Screech (52); Cons: Jacob Botica (7, 12, 34); Pen: Jacob Botica (66). Leinster: Tries: Adam Byrne (2, 75), Scott Penny (28, 43), Jimmy O’Brien (55, 78), Nick McCarthy (60), Caelan Doris (70); Cons: Ciaran Frawley (3, 44, 56), Jimmy O’Brien (79)

Dragons A: Carwyn Penny; Calvin Wellington (George Gasson 62), Tom Hoppe, James Benjamin, Deon Smith, Jacob Botica (Will Kelly 75), Rhodri Davies (Dafydd Buckland 75); Josh Reynolds (Scott Evans 37), Rhys Lawrence (Zac Hewlett 75), Chris Coleman (Luke Yendle 75), Joe Davies (Ben Fry 60), Matthew Screech (Max Williams 75), James Thomas, Lennon Greggains (captain), Taine Basham 

Leinster A: Jack Kelly (captain); Adam Byrne, Jimmy O’Brien, Conor O’Brien (Liam Turner 69), Michael Silvester; Ciaran Frawley (David Hawkshaw 75), Nick McCarthy (Patrick Patterson 75); Michael Milne (Giuseppe Coyne 78), Ronan Kelleher (Dan Sheehan 69), Jack Aungier (Vakh Abdaladze 40), Charlie Ryan, Ryan Baird (Ronan Watters 40), Josh Murphy, Scott Penny (Martin Maloney 77), Caelan Doris

Referee: Elgan Williams (WRU)
 
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