Leinster v Dragons

Discussion in 'Guinness Pro12' started by An Tarbh, May 1, 2008.

  1. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    <div align="center">[​IMG]Leinster v Dragons[​IMG]</div>

    For Leinster the task is simple, win and they're champions although that could well be decided by the previous evening's result in Galway.

    Regardless of that though the liklihood is that it'll come down to Saturday's game which will see Keith Gleeson making his last home appearance for the Province, Leo Cullen misses out having undergone shoulder surgery but Shane Horgan is back in the mix having missed the trip to Edinburgh.

    The Dragons will be looking to get some momentum ahead of Tuesday's game against the Ospreys which could potentially be a decider for the final Welsh spot should results go in the Dragons favour this weekend.

    Leinster: 15 Girvan Dempsey, 14 Shane Horgan, 13 Brian O'Driscoll©, 12 Felipe Contepomi, 11 Rob Kearney, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Chris Whitaker, 1 Ollie le Roux, 2 Bernard Jackman, 3 Stan Wright, 4 Trevor Hogan, 5 Malcolm O'Kelly, 6 Shane Jennings, 7 Keith Gleeson, 8 Jamie Heaslip.

    Replacements: 16 Brian Blaney, 17 Stephen Knoop, 18 Cameron Jowitt, 19 Stephen Keogh, 20 Chris Keane, 21 Christian Warner, 22 Luke Fitzgerald.

    Dragons: Kevin Morgan; Gareth Wyatt, Paul Emerick, Gareth Maule, Richard Fussell; Ceri Sweeney, Andy Williams; Adam Black, Steve Jones, Rhys Thomas, Adam Jones, Peter Sidoli, Jamie Ringer, Richard Parks, Michael Owen.

    Replacements: TBC

    Referee: Andy Macpherson (SRU).
     
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  3. An Tarbh

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    So Gleeson and Horgan come back into the side for this title decider, while O'Driscoll captains the side in Cullen's absence.
     
  4. An Tarbh

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    Decent start for Leinster with Ollie le Roux already in for a double, although the first one looked dubious to me.
     
  5. An Tarbh

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    Third try for Leinster with Horgan going over, lovely offload by O'Driscoll as well, Dr Phil finally gets a conversion, although they do seem to be playing into the wind.
     
  6. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    That was a cracking break by Heaslip and a neat little offload for Whitaker to finish off.

    34-3 after 53 mins
     
  7. An Tarbh

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    Well done Leinster, by far the best team this season and but for a lack of try bonus wins the lead would be even more emphatic.

    Heaslip again excellent, loving his Noel Manionesque break for Whitaker's try. O'Driscoll looked much sharper today which can only be a good thing, whether he'll get a rest for the Summer remains to be seen.
     
  8. shazbooger

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    Yep, they were a different class really. The two LeRoux tries got them off to the perfect start and it didnt look in doubt after that.

    Good to get the silverware. Shame to see Gleeson go so soon.
     
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