Date Time Competition Season
3 December 2021 7:45 pm United Rugby Championship 2021/22

Match Report

Leinster secure bonus against Connacht

Leinster secured a valuable 47-19 bonus point victory over Connacht at the RDS tonight. Andy Friend’s side started the game at a high tempo but the hosts grew back into the affair to seal the victory and send Leinster five clear at the summit of the United Rugby Championship.

Connacht started the affair off at an emphatic pace and Leinster were sloppy in possession early on. The visitors took a well-deserved lead when Jack Carty’s inch perfect, cross field kick found the on rushing Mack Hansen who out leaped Jordan Larmour to open the scoring.

Rhys Ruddock replied for Leinster ten minutes later with a powerful try from close range followed by Harry Byrne’s conversion to give the hosts the advantage.

Connacht didn’t lay off, playing some fantastic, free flowing rugby and were rewarded with a try from centre Sam Arnold. Arnold burst through the defence from five metres out to dive under the posts and regain the lead.

Leinster did find their second try of the evening courtesy of Josh Van Der Flier who started the move with a brilliant line break before offloading to Alaalatoa who played Garry Ringrose over the line, to give Leo Cullen’s side a narrow lead.

On the cusp of half time, a moment of individual brilliance from hooker Dan Sheehan increased their advantage. Sheehan sidestepped past Hansen before diving over the line to give Leinster a 19-12 lead at the break.

Leinster came out firing at the second period and it was the link up from their back three that combined to secure Leinster’s bonus point try. James Lowe played the ball to Hugo Keenan who offloaded to Jordan Larmour to score in the corner.

Just over five minutes later, Caelan Dorris drove over from close range to give Leinster their fifth try of the evening. Dorris and fellow back row Josh Van Der Flier were excellent throughout the 80 minutes and second row Ryan Baird acted like an extra back row for the entire game.

The young second row was excellent at the breakdown and covered a huge amount of ground during the clash. Baird’s hard work was rewarded when he scored Leinster’s next try, showing huge strength and determination to squeeze through the Connacht defence.

The westerners did find their third and final try of the game courtesy of a brilliant piece of individual work from the ever-lively Mack Hansen. Hansen broke through the defence before offloading to Conor Oliver who dove between the posts to reduce the deficit.

Leinster added the icing on the cake when Garry Ringrose broke through the Connacht defence line before offloading to Nick McCarthy on the Connacht 22. McCarthy found Max Deegan who raced over the try line to seal an emphatic win for Leinster.


15Hugo Keenan Full-Back
14Jordan Larmour Winger 41'
13Garry Ringrose Centre 32'
12Robbie Henshaw 23 Centre
11James Lowe Winger
10Harry Byrne 22 Fly-Half 23', 33', 42', 49', 59'
9Luke McGrath 21 Scrum-Half
1Cian Healy 17 Prop
2Dan Sheehan 16 Hooker 39'
3Michael Alaalatoa 18 Prop
4Ryan Baird Lock 57'
5Devin Toner 20 Lock
6Rhys Ruddock Flanker 23'
7Josh Van Der Flier Flanker
8Caelan Doris 19 Flanker 48'
16Ronan Kelleher 2 Hooker
17Andrew Porter 1 Prop
18Vakh Abdaladze 3 Prop
19Max Deegan 8 No. 8 75'
20Josh Murphy 5 Flanker
21Nick McCarthy 9 Scrum-Half
22Ross Byrne 10 Fly-Half 75'
23Tommy O’Brien 12 Centre


15Oran McNulty Winger
14Alex Wootton Winger
13Sam Arnold 23 Centre 29'
12Peter Robb Centre
11Mack Hansen Fly-Half 14'
10Jack Carty 22 Fly-Half 30', 61'
9Kieran Marmion 21 Scrum-Half
1Matthew Burke 17 Prop
2Dave Heffernan 16 Hooker
3Finlay Bealham 18 Prop
4Oisin Dowling 19 Flanker
5Ultan Dillane 20 Lock
6Sean Masterson Flanker
7Conor Oliver Flanker 60'
8Jarrad Butler No. 8
16Shane Delahunt 2 Hooker
17Jordan Duggan 1 Prop
18Jack Aungier 3 Prop
19Leva Fifita 4 Lock
20Cian Prendergast 5 Lock
21Caolin Blade 9 Scrum-Half
22Conor Fitzgerald 10 Fly-Half
23Thomas Farrell 13 Centre

Past Meetings

(Round 1)
12 - 17
Women's Senior Interprovincials
Dexcom Stadium

Connacht v Leinster

(Round 10)
24 - 35
Royal Dublin Society

Leinster vs Connacht


Royal Dublin Society
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, D04 W9H6, Ireland

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