Leinster outplay Toulouse 29-13 to take pole position in Pool 1

Sean Cronin was one of the try-scorer for Leinster
Sean Cronin was one of the try-scorer for Leinster
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Leinster 29-13 Toulouse, RDS Arena
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Leinster came up with a clinical second half performance as they outplayed Toulouse in their European Champions Cup face-off at RDS Arena on Saturday.

The win means Leinster now move to the top of Pool 1 with 20 points while Toulouse slip to second with 17 points.

Leinster fly-half Ross Byrne and his counterpart Thomas Ramos traded penalties in the 8th and 14th minutes respectively as the scores remained levelled at the end of the first quarter.

The opening try in the game came in the 35th minute when Jack Conan breached Toulouse's defence to power over the line and Bryne kicked the conversion to give them a seven point lead but that was cut down to four after Ramos kicked his second penalty at the stroke of half-time.

The Irish side got off the block first in the second half when Dave Kearney dotted down in the 51st minute and Sean Cronin followed the suit nine minutes later as they stretched the lead to 22-6 at the end of the third quarter.

Adam Bryne crossed over with four minutes left in the game to provide Leinster a much needed bonus point and despite a consolation try from Cheslin Kolbe in the final minute, Toulouse succumbed to a 29-13 defeat.

 

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