Understrength Leinster put to sword in Wales

A weakened Leinster side were readily outpointed by the Scarlets on Saturday evening running out comfortable winners by 45-20 in their opening game of the RaboDirect Pro12.

Two tries from George North and Andy Fenby were the highlights of a fantastic performance from Simon Easterby’s men which also saw Liam Williams, Scott Williams and Kieran Murphy get over the whitewash for the home side.

Despite missing eleven front line internationals, and another seven players on the injured list, Leinster took an early lead thanks to the boot of fly half Ian Madigan.

That early score was to be one of the few highlights in the opening 40 minutes for Leinster as the Scarlets took the game to the away side and were duly rewarded with two quick tries.

After some good work by his forwards Wales centre Scott Williams burrowed his way to the Leinster line. Shortly afterwards it was the turn of Liam Williams to get on the score sheet, connecting onto a pass from Tavis Knoyle.

Another Madigan penalty just before half-time narrowed the gap somewhat but the lead was soon to be extended two minutes after the break when George North started and finished a great move to give the Scarlets a deserving buffer.

Six minutes later that lead would be extended even further. Liam Williams started the move out of defence and after going through the phases Fenby finished off to score.

A converted Devin Toner try gave Leinster some glimmer of hope however that was quickly snuffed out by the Scarlets thanks to replacement Kieran Murphy.

Two more tries from North and Fenby put some gloss on the scoreline and even a late try for Leinster from Madigan could not save them from slipping to an opening day defeat.


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