Leinster secure convincing victory over Southern Kings despite Nacewa absence

Leinster secure convincing victory over Southern Kings despite Nacewa absence”

Leinster are given an attacking scrum inside the Kings' 22m. They manage to crash the ball over the line, however it is held up. the final whistle sounds.

In fact, Coyi Banda scored the first points of the match with a penalty goal but that was just about it from the Kings, who spent the rest of the match defending and could only add a consolation at the death through Jacques Nel.

Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Petrus Strauss, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Bobby de Wee, 20 Siyabulela Mdaka, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Ntabeni Dukisa, 23 Jacques Nel.

That was as good as it got and an underwhelming 40 minutes concluded with the score at 7-3 to the Irish side.

Official crowd attendance in the Stadium is reportedly 3,011 people for the first home match of the Pro14.

In a fortnight overseas they were soundly beaten, and it was no different in Port Elizabeth when Leinster scored five tries to one on their maiden visit to South Africa.

Entry to this league saved their professional status, but it is going to take much, much more than existing to make this a viable proposition.

Jack Conin busts his way over the line for Leinster's third try. Byrne slots the conversion over.

Leinster open up scoring in the second half with a well worked try from Rory O'Loughlin. Ross Byrne misses the conversion.

The second half is underway.

After a nervous near miss after being charged down in their own 22m, the Kings force a knock-on from Leinster. Kings 3-7 Leinster. Leinster's solid defence of a maul and a subsequent scrum penalty saw them keep out Deon Davids' side, but a brilliant counter attack - started by Banda near halfway - had the visitors' line under threat again.

To the fair to the Kings, they are rebuilding from scratch in Pro14 after nearly all of their best players signed contracts with local Super Rugby teams before the Pro 14 deal was struck.

Conan and man-of-the-match Luke McGrath were both prominent as Leinster broke up the hosts' early momentum, the latter's tackle on his opposite number Rudi van Rooyen earning his side a lineout in an advanced position.

Leo Cullen, the Leinster head coach, said yesterday that he had not meant to start Isa Nacewa or Jamison Gibson-Park, the two New Zealanders refused entry to the country on Tuesday, but Leinster's strength in depth is still on full display in Port Elizabeth. Noel Reid 11. Dave Kearney 10. Rhys Ruddock 5. James Ryan 4. Mick Kearney 20. Josh va der Flier 21. Healy, James Tracy and Michael Bent came on in the front row and won a penalty in Kings territory, the resulting possession from touch seeing replacement Cathal Marsh and Reid combine in a wraparound, with neat passes from Marsh, Adam Byrne and Larmour creating an opening for Kearney to mark his return with a try by the left corner flag. Luvuyo Papuma starts in his place.

Oliver Zono, who was a late replacement for Kurt Coleman at flyhalf, also almost scored a five-pointer and in fact, he actually did cross the line, however, the touch judge had his flag up after Yaw Penxe stepped on the touchline before offloading to Zono.

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