United Rugby Championship: Zebre 7-31 Leinster – Bonus-point win strikes Irish aspect 4 factors clear

Rob Russell of Leinster is tackled by Davide Ruggeri of Zebre
Rob Russell of Leinster is tackled by Davide Ruggeri of Zebre
Zebre (7) 7
Tries: Trulla Con: Prisciantelli
Leinster (14) 31
Tries: Russel 2, Osborne, McGrath, Penny Cons: R Byrne 3

Leinster moved 4 factors clear on the prime of the URC desk by securing a five-try bonus-point 31-7 win over Zebre at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.

Rob Russell and Andrew Osborne scored tries within the first half, with Luke McGrath and Scott Penny crossing after the break earlier than Russell acquired a second.

Jacopo Trulla went over for Zebre, with Geronimo Prisciantelli changing.

Ross Byrne kicked three conversions as Leinster continued their profitable document in opposition to the Italian aspect.

The Irish province have now gained all 18 conferences between the groups.

Regardless of Leo Cullen’s males travelling with out the majority of their Eire Six Nations-winning contingent, they nonetheless fielded an skilled and high quality aspect and it took simply 4 minutes for them to take the lead.

It was a deft offload from Liam Turner that despatched winger Russell cantering up the center and beneath the posts for a transformed strive.

Leinster misplaced Turner for 10 minutes when he made head-on-head contact with Zebre fly-half Prisciantelli and the hosts took benefit of their numerical benefit virtually instantly when Prisciantelli executed an inch-perfect cross-field kick straight into the arms of Scott Gregory.

He offloaded to Trulla to attain a stunning seven-pointer to attract his aspect stage on 25 minutes.

Andrew Osborne, the youthful brother of centre Jamie, then executed an ideal chip and chase into the nook after Zebre had Jacopo Bianchi binned for an off-the-ball deal with. Byrne transformed to ship the guests in on the break with a slim 14-7 lead.

Leinster added to their lead simply after half-time when Max Deegan confirmed nice power to keep away from the touchline and offload to McGrath to go over within the nook for an unconverted rating.

The bonus level was secured on 50 minutes because of captain Penny after Turner’s searing break. Byrne added the extras and it was sport over.

This quick-fire double took the sting out of the sport and Russell bookended the sport with tries because of end within the nook late on.

Zebre: Brummer; Di Giulio, Elliot; Bisegni, Boni; Canna, Renton; Rimpelli, Fabiani, Zilocchi; Ortis, Biagi (capt); Mbanda, Tuivaiti, Licata.

Replacements: Luus, Fischetti, Chistolini, Tauyavuca, Brown, Raffaele, Balekana, De Battista.

Leinster: Frawley; Russell, Turner, J Osborne, A Osborne; Byrne, McGrath; Byrne, Barron, Clarkson, Molony, Jenkins, Connors, Penny (capt), Deegan.

Replacements: McKee, Milne, Ala’alatoa, Deeny, Mangan, Gunne, Prendergast, McErlean.

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