Date Time Competition Season
11 February 2022 6:00 pm United Rugby Championship 2021/22

Match Report

Leinster demolish Edinburgh

Leinster got back to winning ways with a 26-7 bonus point advantage over Edinburgh this evening, in front of an 8559 attendance, the Irish province looking to push on in the United Rugby Championship.

Tries from Scott Penny, Nick McCarthy, Vakh Abdaladze and Max Deegan, helping them secure a valuable bonus point on home soil.

Edinburgh worked hard but failed to challenge the hosts, they managed a late consolation try late on as Emiliano Boffelli crossed over.

The losing streak for the Scottish club in the capital continues, as they remain winless since 2005 on Dublin soil. Both had weakened teams due to international commitments, but the depth from the blues squad simply could not be matched.

Edinburgh started brighter early on laying siege to the Leinster half, the hosts managed to turn the tide and after Connor Boyle was sent to the sin bin, Penny crossed under the posts for the first try of the night, for a 7-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Scrum half McCarthy managed to spot a gap to add the second try on the half hour mark, he gathered from the back of a maul and sprinted for the line to touch down, evading the challenge of the Scottish forward line, Ross Byrne kicking the conversion again to make it 14-0, a lead they took to the half time break.

The second half began in favour of the hosts, they looked to continue their scoring exploits from the off but were stopped short on numerous occasions, with the Scottish side failing to make an impact on the other side of the field.

After numerous attacks and phases, Leinster were rewarded with a third try after 65 minutes, the big prop Abdaladze powering over off a maul, the key to Leinster's success on the night, Byrne missing the conversion to leave it at a 19-0 advantage.

The bonus point was ensured with eight minutes left on the clock, the Irish province using the full width of the RDS to launch an attack, the offload by Byrne seeing Deegan just about touch the ball down for the fourth try, the conversion pushing the lead out to 26-0.

The Scots looked outclassed all evening by a strong Leinster squad, but they managed to get a late consolation try as Boffelli managed to beat the tackle and cross, the winger managing to convert his try also from a short range.


15Jamie Osborne Full-Back
14Tommy O’Brien Centre
13Rory O’Loughlin Centre
12Ciaran Frawley 22 Fly-Half
11Dave Kearney Winger
10Ross Byrne Fly-Half 20', 32', 72'
9Nick McCarthy 21 Scrum-Half 32'
1Ed Byrne 17 Prop
2James Tracy 16 Hooker
3Michael Alaalatoa 18 Prop
4Ross Molony Lock
5Josh Murphy 19 Flanker
6Martin Moloney Flanker
7Scott Penny Flanker 19'
8Max Deegan No. 8 71'
16Sean Cronin 2 Hooker
17Peter Dooley 1 Prop
18Vakh Abdaladze 3 Prop 67'
19Devin Toner 5 Lock
20Alex Soroka Flanker
21Luke McGrath 9 Scrum-Half
22Harry Byrne 12 Fly-Half
23Robbie Russell Full-Back

Past Meetings

(Round 6)
50 - 10
Royal Dublin Society

Leinster v Edinburgh


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

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.