Leinster 45 The Scarlets 8
There was no let-up from the hosts in the second half, and it took just six more minutes For the bonus point to be put in the bag. Fittingly it was O’Driscoll, the man who ran clear to finish off Munster at Croke Park six days previously, who was on the mark for this one, this time barging past all challengers for his side’s fourth try and setting up a fourth successful conversion from Sexton.
Four then became five as Sexton set himself up for another kick. The fly-half ran free as visiting defenders were lost as to whether and try and shackle him or Fitzgerald. They made the wrong choice as the number ten held on and ran over the line before bringing his personal tally for the game to 15.
The search for number six was held up when Horgan was impeded as he tried to touch down again near the posts, but as The Scarlets gave away successive fouls their concentration was beat and replacement Dempsey drew several defenders his way before playing the ball right to Horgan. At pace and again without challenge ‘Shaggy’ touched down in the corner for his second and Leinster’s sixth.
The only blemish this time was the end of Sexton’s perfect conversion record, but he still managed to hit the post for a second time from a tough angle on the right touchline.
There seemed to be no end to the procession as not long after that one, Cheika’s men made it seven tries after their umpteenth fine team move. Sexton took out several players with his crossfield pass, which was collected by Horgan. He bombed forward on the right and kicked forward. It evaded Gordon D’Arcy but not Dempsey who ran into grab a try his effective cameo had already earned.
That was the last of the scoring from what was no contest in the end. The Scarlets are a team still with work to do but Leinster are looking good with the big one still to come.
Leinster: Isa Nacewa; Shane Horgan, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald; Jonathan Sexton, Chris Whitaker; Cian Healy, Bernard Jackman, Stan Wright; Leo Cullen (capt), Malcolm O'Kelly; Sean O'Brien, Shane Jennings, Jamie Heaslip.
Replacements: John Fogarty, Ronan McCormack, Devin Toner, Stephen Keogh, Simon Keogh, Fergus McFadden, Girvan Dempsey.
Scarlets: Daniel Evans; Mark Jones, Gavin Evans, Jon Davies, Lee Williams; Stephen Jones (capt), Martin Roberts; Iestyn Thomas, Matthew Rees, Phil John; Vernon Cooper, Dominic Day; Josh Turnbull, Johnathan Edwards, David Lyons.
Replacements: Deacon Manu, Ken Owens, Lou Reed, Rob McCusker, Gavin Cattle, Rhys Priestland, Rob Higgitt.
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