Heineken Champions Cup: Unbeaten Leinster trounce understrength Gloucester in Dublin

Ronan Kelleher
Kelleher scored two first-half tries for Leinster
Leinster (31) 57
Tries: Lowe 2, Van der Flier, Kelleher 2, Ryan, McGrath, Larmour, Doris Cons: Byrne 5, Sexton
Gloucester (0) 0

Leinster overpowered an understrength Gloucester as they strolled to a 57-0 bonus-point Heineken Champions Cup victory in Dublin.

Two tries from Ronan Kelleher and scores from James Lowe, James Ryan and Josh van der Flier noticed them lead 31-0 at half-time on the RDS.

The trouncing continued after the break, with Luke McGrath, Lowe, the returning Jordan Larmour and Caelan Doris working in tries.

Ross Byrne kicked 5 conversions.

Larmour got here off the bench within the second half for his first look since October, whereas Eire captain Johnny Sexton additionally returned from damage as a second-half alternative and grabbed a late conversion.

Victory for Leo Cullen’s males made it 10 factors from two European video games after final weekend’s 42-10 victory away to Racing 92 of their opener.

It additionally continued an unbeaten begin to the season for Leinster, who have been vastly superior to their guests on Friday evening regardless of being removed from their greatest and having spells within the sport that have been scrappy.

After a stop-start opening 12 minutes, Lowe opened the scoring for the hosts when he collected a fantastic cross from Caelan Doris to complete effectively.

Van der Flier bought the second attempt six minutes later after good work within the maul and there have been three tries on the scoreboard when Ronan Kelleher took benefit of extra fantastic ahead play to cross and rating.

He thought he had his second 10 minutes later earlier than his attempt was dominated out for him being in contact, with Gloucester then struggling an additional blow when Henry Walker was proven a yellow card on 38 minutes.

Leinster took full benefit of the additional man, scoring two tries within the last jiffy of the primary half, the primary coming from Ryan who made positive that they had their bonus level earlier than Kelleher ran in unopposed for his second of the sport.

The hosts’ full dominance continued after the break with McGrath dancing his method over for a transformed attempt on 46 minutes, with Gloucester briefly decreased to 13 males when Ciaran Knight was despatched to the sin-bin for repeated infringement.

There was a landmark second for Lowe when he collected one other fantastic Doris cross earlier than working in what was his fiftieth attempt for Leinster, and 20 minutes later Larmour marked his welcome return with a attempt after nice work from Dan Sheehan.

Giorgi Kveseladze briefly threatened in a uncommon Gloucester assault earlier than Doris accomplished the scoring in damage time with the attempt his efficiency deserved, leaving Sexton to kick the extras with the ultimate contact of an encounter which Leinster have been in full management of all through.

Leinster: Keenan; O’Brien, Ringrose (capt), Ngatai, Lowe; R Byrne, McGrath; Porter, Kelleher, Ala’alatoa; Molony, Ryan; Doris, Van der Flier, Conan.

Replacements: Sheehan, E Byrne, Healy, McCarthy, Deegan, Gibson-Park, Sexton, Larmour.

Gloucester: Evans; Hearle, Kveseladze, Twelvetrees, Morris; Barton, Meehan (capt); Elrington, Walker, Knight; Thomas, Clark; Polledri, Clement, Tuisue.

Replacements: Blake, Seville, Gotovtsev, Craig, Taylor, Chapman, Atkinson, Moyle

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