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Leinster ravage Gloucester’s second string without hitting their stride

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Leinster’s scrum and maul triggered Gloucester myriad points – and hooker Ronan Kelleher was the principal beneficiary. He scored two of the hosts’ first-half tries – each from driving mauls – and had one other dominated out from a nifty line-out transfer with scrum-half Luke McGrath. By then, nevertheless, because of tries from James Lowe, Josh van der Flier and James Ryan, the sport was lengthy gone.

Whereas Van der Flier and Ryan confirmed the most effective of Leinster’s muscle – each scores have been from shut vary – Lowe cantered house from 40 metres after blindside Caelan Doris had burgled Gloucester captain Ben Meehan and flung a tasty lengthy cross out to his wing.

To compound Gloucester’s distress, hooker Henry Walker and tighthead Ciaran Knight have been sin-binned inside 10 minutes of one another, with the guests’ scrum capitulating. Off the again of that, McGrath scurried over for Leinster’s sixth attempt.

When Lowe added a seventh – once more fed by Doris – one felt as if the Genesis flood may arrive, however Leinster would solely add two extra tries, by means of substitute Jordan Larmour and Doris. Gloucester, outclassed, refused to totally yield, and just some mighty scramble defence from Garry Ringrose and Jonny Sexton prevented a comfort.

“Gloucester fired into us. Contemplating, our guys have been fairly scientific. It was an enormous scoreline however Gloucester made life troublesome. However pleased to have two wins on the board,” Leo Cullen, Leinster head coach, stated.

It was not fairly lambs to the slaughter – the employees forgot to totally sharpen the knives – however it was not far off. Nonetheless, when Leinster’s blades are honed, they continue to be Champions Cup contenders.

Match particulars

Scoring sequence  5-0 Lowe attempt, 10-0 Van der Flier attempt, 12-0 R Byrne con, 17-0 Kelleher attempt, 22-0 Ryan attempt, 24-0 R Byrne con, 29-0 Kelleher attempt, 31-0 R Byrne con, 36-0 McGrath attempt, 38-0 R Byrne con, 43-0 Lowe attempt, 45-0 R Byrne con, 50-0 Larmour attempt, 55-0 Doris attempt, 57-0 Sexton con.

Leinster H Keenan; J O’Brien (J Larmour 53), G Ringrose (c), C Ngatai, J Lowe; R Byrne (J Sexton 60), L McGrath (J Gibson-Park 60); A Porter (E Byrne 47), R Kelleher (D Sheehan 47), M Ala’alatoa (C Healy 41), R Molony, J Ryan (J McCarthy 47), C Doris (Van der Flier 70, Doris 80), J Van der Flier (M Deegan 56), J Conan.

Gloucester  L Evans; A Hearle (Ok Moyle 22), G Kveseladze, B Twelvetrees, J Morris; G Barton (S Atkinson 11), B Meehan (c); H Elrington (A Seville 47), H Walker (S Blake 44), C Knight (Ok Gotovtsev 54), F Thomas, A Clark (A Craig 37), J Polledri, J Clement, A Tuisue (H Taylor 57).
Yellow card: Walker 36, Knight 46

Referee Luc Ramos.

Attendance 15,469.

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