Date Time Competition Season
14 January 2023 1:00 pm European Champions Cup 2022/23

Match Report

Leinster Extend Unbeaten Run After Bonus Point Demolition

Four first half tries laid the foundations for Leinster’s bonus point win over Gloucester at Kingsholm Stadium in Pool A of the Champions Cup. At times Gloucester were outplayed and outfought by last year’s beaten finalists as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season.

Gloucester couldn’t compete with the might of Leinster who added three more tries in the second half. They were excellent throughout and were able to introduce quality from the bench too.

Just four minutes had elapsed on the clock when Jordan Larmour went over for their first try after Ross Byrne opted to go for the corner after Leinster had been awarded a penalty. 

In the 11th minute Gloucester’s Sebl Atkinson was sin binned for offside and one minute later Michael Ala’alatoa went over for the province’s second try.

Andrew Porter was sin binned in the 25th minute for collapsing Gloucester’s maul and the home side were awarded with a penalty try. They failed to build on that score despite having opportunities.

Leinster’s response was a third try from the very impressive Jamie Osbourne. It helped restore their two try advantage. Right before half-time Leinster secured a bonus point when the colossal Caelan Doris went over for their fourth try and Byrne kicked over his fourth conversion to leave Leo Cullen’s side 7-28 ahead going in at the break.

A beautiful tip from Byrne saw Hugo Keenan race through to mark his 50th appearance with a fine try in the 47th minute. 

Cian Healy came on for his 100th European cap in the 51st minute as Cullen rang the changes. Just like the first half Gloucester’s maul was brought down with Doris receiving a yellow card and the home side had their second penalty try.

But once again despite being down to 14 players Leinster grabbed another try; Josh Van Der Flier going over. Harry Byrne with the conversion. 

Gloucester finished the game with 14 players after Santiago Carreras was sin binned in the 77th minute. Substitute Ronan Kelleher sealed a fine win with a try at the end for Leinster.


15George Barton 22 Full-Back
14Jonny May Winger
13Chris Harris 23 Centre
12Seb Atkinson Centre 11'
11Ollie Thorley Winger
10Santiago Carreras Fly-Half 77'
9Ben Meehan 21 Scrum-Half
1Val Rapava Ruskin 17 Prop
2George McGuigan 16 Hooker
3Kirill Gotovtsev 18 Prop
4Freddie Clarke 19 Lock
5Matias Alemanno Lock
6Ruan Ackermann Flanker
7Lewis Ludlow Flanker
8Ben Morgan 20 No. 8
16Seb Blake 2
17Harry Elrington 1
18Ciaran Knight 3
19Cameron Jordan 4
20Jack Clement 8
21Stephen Varney 9 Scrum-Half
22Billy Twelvetrees 15
23Tom Seabrook 13


15Hugo Keenan Full-Back 47'
14Jordan Larmour Winger 4'
13Garry Ringrose Centre
12Jamie Osborne Centre 27'
11Jimmy O’Brien Winger
10Ross Byrne 22 Fly-Half 4', 12', 28', 40', 48'
9Jamison Gibson-Park 21 Scrum-Half
1Andrew Porter Prop 25'
2Dan Sheehan 16 Hooker
3Michael Alaalatoa 18 Prop 12'
4Ross Molony Lock
5James Ryan Lock
6Ryan Baird 20 Flanker
7Josh Van Der Flier Flanker 72'
8Caelan Doris No. 8 40'
16Ronan Kelleher 2 Hooker 79'
17Michael Milne Prop
18Cian Healy 3 Prop
19Brian Deeny Lock
20Jack Conan 6 No. 8
21Nick McCarthy 9 Scrum-Half
22Harry Byrne 10 Fly-Half 72', 79'
23Liam Turner Winger

Past Meetings

(Round 2)
57 - 0
European Champions Cup
Royal Dublin Society

Leinster v Gloucester Rugby


Kingsholm Stadium
Kingsholm Rd, Gloucester GL1 3AX, United Kingdom

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