United Rugby Championship: Leinster 42-10 Benetton
|Leinster (21) 42|
|Tries: Sheehan 4, van der Flier, McGrath Cons: Frawley 4, E Byrne 2|
|Benetton (3) 10|
|Tries: Alabanese Cons: Da Re Pens: Da Re|
Eire hooker Dan Sheehan scored 4 tries as Leinster comprehensively noticed off Benetton 42-10 within the United Rugby Championship match on the RDS.
Sheehan scored a 28-minute hat-trick to present the hosts a 21-3 half-time lead.
Alternative Manfredi Albanese crossed for the guests however Leinster added additional scores by Josh van der Flier, Sheehan and Luke McGrath.
Sheehan is the eighth participant, and the primary from Leinster, to attain 4 tries in a URC match.
The final one to take action was Marcell Coetzee for Ulster towards Zebre in November 2020.
Information of Stuart Lancaster’s potential departure to Racing 92 on the finish of the season – French studies counsel a four-year contract for the Leinster senior coach to maneuver to Paris is a finished deal – dominated the build-up to this recreation.
Joaquin Riera’s break signalled a shiny begin for Benetton, however Leinster seized a sixth-minute lead when ahead Sheehan, considered one of 12 Eire gamers returning after the profitable tour of New Zealand, was pushed over from a well-executed line-out maul.
Benetton winger Mattia Bellini was sin-binned simply earlier than that, for a pull-back on Dave Kearney close to the guests’ line, and Ciaran Frawley transformed Sheehan’s attempt for a 7-0 lead.
Alternative Henry Time-Stowers lifted the Italians with a turnover penalty, however some aggressive carrying off a line-out preceded Sheehan’s second transformed rating within the sixteenth minute.
Benetton fly-half Giacomo da Re replied with a penalty however, regardless of Samoan Time-Stowers foiling one Leinster maul, the hosts elevated their lead when a subsequent drive propelled Sheehan over for his hat-trick.
Leinster moved additional forward inside six minutes of the restart when flanker Van der Flier was launched for the best nook and alternative Ross Byrne transformed.
The house aspect took a well-recognized path to the whitewash within the 52nd minute, Sheehan charging over from one other maul with Byrne’s boot making it 35-3.
Latest Italy debutant Albanese sniped over from a ruck in response, earlier than Leinster captain Garry Ringrose had a attempt disallowed for McGrath being in contact.
Nonetheless, the Leinster scrum-half did handle to have the ultimate say within the 71st minute, utilizing the maul platform to complete well with Byrne changing once more.
Leinster: J O’Brien; Larmour, Ringrose, Henshaw, Kearney; Frawley, McGrath; Porter, Sheehan, Ala’alatoa; Jenkins, J Ryan; Baird, van der Flier, Doris.
Replacements: Kelleher, E Byrne, Healy, Molony, Conners, Foley, R Byrne, Ngatai.
Benetton Treviso: Mendy; Bellini, Riera, Zanon, Ratave; Da Re, Hidalgo-Clyne; Nemer, Nicotera, Ferrari; N Cannone, Scrafton; Pettinelli, Lamaro, Halafihi.
Replacements: Lucchesi, Zani, Alongi, Wegner, Stowers, Albanese, Menoncello, Tavuyara.
Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU)