Pro14: Seven-try Leinster hammer Ospreys 52-7 at RDS
|Leinster (24) 52|
|Tries: C O'Brien, Penny, McCarthy, Fardy, E Byrne, Deegan, B Byrne Cons: Frawley 7 Pen: Frawley|
|Ospreys (0) 7|
|Try: Dirksen Con: Davies|
Leinster lead Pro14 Conference B by 10 points after making it eight wins out of nine, scoring seven tries in a 52-7 demolition of the Ospreys at the RDS.
Conor O'Brien, debutant Scott Penny and Nick McCarthy touched down to help the champions to a 24-0 half-time lead.
Scott Fardy, Ed Byrne, Max Deegan and Bryan Byrne added second-half scores, with Ciaran Frawley kicking 17 points.
Hanno Dirksen's late converted try was scant consolation for understrength Ospreys who are third in Conference A.
Leinster opened the scoring when O'Brien's piercing run was fed by Fardy and the 22-year-old charged in under the posts.
Frawley added the extras and not long after extended Leinster's lead to double digits, kicking a penalty after it looked as though Leo Cullen's men could have had more.
The home side took control of proceedings, dominating possession and posing a scoring threat every time they got on the ball.
And they made it count when a line-out deep into Ospreys territory became a powerful driving maul for the hosts, with Penny doing the honours as Leinster crossed the whitewash.
Just as Ospreys thought they had grabbed a foothold in the match, Sam Davies cutting through the Leinster line before handing off beautifully to James Hook to dot down, the TMO intervened to rule out the score for a previous infringement by Johnny Kotze.
And Leinster rubbed salt into the visitors' wounds when they once again charged down to the Ospreys line, where relentless rucking eventually resulted in Nick McCarthy diving over, giving the Irish side a 24-point advantage at the break.
The Irish province started the second half in much the same way that they ended the first, Frawley kicking into the corner before Leinster found themselves once more camped on the Ospreys line.
The defence looked to be resolute, but Fardy managed to sneak the ball in at the base of the post to seal the bonus point for the hosts.
Leinster made it five tries when a flowing interchange of rapid-fire passes took them from half-way to the Ospreys line in the blink of an eye.
Once more held up on the line, it was replacement Ed Byrne's turn to dive over, further extending the hosts' impressive lead.
Max Deegan, fresh from the bench, quickly turned scorer of Leinster's sixth, this time a smart grubber from Noel Reid was gathered by Adam Byrne, who fed the 22-year-old to go over.
They brought the 50 up when the Byrne brothers combined for a well-worked score, Ed drawing two Ospreys defenders before feeding Bryan to slide in under the posts.
Ospreys did get themselves on the board in the game's dying seconds but the night belonged to Leinster.
Leinster: Hugo Keenan, Adam Byrne, Conor O'Brien, Noel Reid, James Lowe, Ciaran Frawley, Nick McCarthy; Peter Dooley, James Tracy, Michael Bent, Ross Molony, Scott Fardy (captain), Josh Murphy, Scott Penny, Caelan Doris
Replacements: Bryan Byrne, Ed Byrne, Vakh Abdaladze, Mick Kearney, Max Deegan, Hugh O'Sullivan, Jimmy O'Brien, Jack Kelly
Ospreys: James Hook, Hanno Dirksen, Cory Allen, Johnny Kotze, Keelan Giles, Sam Davies, Tom Habberfield; Rhodri Jones, Scott Otten, Tom Botha, Giorgi Nemsadze, Lloyd Ashley, Olly Cracknell (captain), Sam Cross, James King
Replacements: Sam Parry, Gareth Thomas, Alex Jeffries, Rob McCusker, Will Jones, Matthew Aubrey, Luke Morgan, Tom Williams