Leinster 52 – Dragons 10
Not a bad day at the office for the boys in blue! As predicted, I felt a good win was on the horizon for Leinster but it was even better than I hoped!
The first 30 minutes of the match was tight and Leinster looked to be a bit panicked in the opposition’s 22 but as the clock ticked closer to the half time mark, Leinster found their stride and in the process did what is becoming quite the trademark for them by scoring a try after the clock went red.
From the moment the second half started, it was clear that a good chat was had in the changing room and the first half jitters were eradicated. Although the Dragons put up quite a fight in defence, Leinster went up a gear and blew their opposition away.
The standout performers were Jack Conan, Johnny Sexton and Jamison Gibson Park (man of the match). Larmour and Fardy also put in a great shift and it was great to see Josh Van Der Flier bag a try on his first game back since February.
Leinster’s cohesion is getting better, and they look like they’re starting to find their best form again. The squad was much tighter in defence and more fluid in attack than what we saw over the last couple of weeks. The Leinster debutant Hugh O’Sullivan showed some great potential at scrum half, remember this name as I think we’ll see him feature on more team sheets over the rest of this season.
Overall, this was very much a game of two halves but we saw some great form return to Leinster in the second half. It’s very heartening to see Leinster’s devastating attack and heads up rugby return. With only a few weeks to go before Leinster begin their defence of their Champions Cup title, they are finding form and building their attack and defensive structures nicely.
Next up is Edinburgh at the RDS, BRING IT ON!!