Date Time Competition Season
28 October 2022 7:35 pm United Rugby Championship 2022/23

Match Report

Leinster maintain perfect start with comfortable win at Scarlets

Leinster continued their winning ways by beating Scarlets 35-5 on Friday night securing the bonus point.

Chris Cosgrave, Rob Russell and Thomas Clarkson all touched down along with two other penalty tries in a game they dictated from the first whistle.

It was an ill-disciplined affair, with four players receiving a yellow card during the eighty minutes.

With their Irish internationals away because of the Autumn Internationals they would have been happy to get the result. Debuts for Tadhg McElroy, Charlie Tector and Ben Brownlee was a real positive.

The crowd had barely got into their seats when Leinster opened the scoring after just forty seconds. Fullback Chris Cosgrave getting over in the corner after a good backline move. An ideal start for the visitors.

The league leaders dominated much of the opening quarter, but against the run of play the hosts took their opportunity. A lovely pass from their captain Jonathan Davies found Steff Evans who scored the try.

Five minutes later, Leinster found a response, extending their lead once more. Rob Russell chased his own kick through ball which he touched down for his third try of the season. Ross Byrne converted the try. His team led 14-5 at the break. Try scorers Cosgrave and Russell both put in impressive performances.

The away side started the second half well, looking comfortable in possession. They got a penalty, kicking it to the corner to get red zone territory.

John McKee threw it to Ross Molony and after some sustained pressure, Thomas Clarkson powered over the line for the try. Byrne did his job from the kicking tee.

Things looked to be going from bad to worse for the Welshmen when Dan James and Johnny McNicholl were both sent to the bin. McNicholl’s was deemed deliberate knock down and with Leo Cullen’s men in a promising position it was deemed a penalty try.

To their credit, despite only have thirteen men on the field. Dwane Peel’s men tried their best to keep the score line down in this period. Their replacements all made an impact especially Willgriff John who was offering himself up for the carries.

Substitute Michael Milne was sent to the bin for Leinster, while Welsh scrum half Gareth Davies became the third man from his team to receive a yellow card and with McElroy at the back of a steamrolling maul, the Irish team were awarded another penalty try and their fifth try of the game. 

It finished 5-35. It was another hard-fought win for an unbeaten Leinster. 


15Johnny McNicholl Full-Back 58'
14Tom Rogers 21
13Steffan Evans 20'
12Jonathan Davies Centre
11Ryan Conbeer Winger
10Dan Jones 22 Fly-Half 59'
9Gareth Davies Scrum-Half 72'
1Steff Thomas 17 Prop
2Dafydd Hughes 16 Forward
3Harri O’Connor 18
4Jac Price Lock
5Tom Price 19 Lock
6Aaron Shingler 20 Flanker
7Daniel Thomas
8Sione Kalamafoni No. 8
16Shaun Evans 2
17Kemsley Mathias 1 Forward
18Willgriff John 3 Prop
19Morgan Jones 5 Lock
20Iwan Shenton 6
21Archie Hughes 14 Scrum-Half
22Rhys Patchell 10 Back
23Corey Baldwin


15Chris Cosgrave Centre 1'
14Robbie Russell Winger 25'
13Liam Turner Winger
12Charlie Ngatai 23 Centre
11Dave Kearney Winger
10Ross Byrne 22 Fly-Half 2', 26', 47'
9Luke McGrath 21 Scrum-Half
1Ed Byrne 18 Prop
2John McKee 16 Hooker
3Tom Clarkson 17 Prop 46'
4Ross Molony Lock
5Jason Jenkins 19 Lock
6Rhys Ruddock Flanker
7Scott Penny 20 Flanker
8Max Deegan No. 8
16Tadgh McElroy 2 Hooker
17Michael Milne 3 Prop 65'
18Michael Alaalatoa 1 Prop
19Brian Deeny 5 Lock
20Martin Moloney 7 Flanker
21Nick McCarthy 9 Scrum-Half
22Charlie Tector 10 Fly-Half
23Ben Brownlee 12 Centre

Past Meetings

(Round 4)
50 - 15
United Rugby Championship
Royal Dublin Society

Leinster v Scarlets

(Round 8)
25 - 52
Parc y Scarlets

Scarlets v Leinster


Parc y Scarlets
Llanelli, Wales, SA14 9BU, United Kingdom