Archive for the 'Leinster' Category


leinster 6 v 10 newport (Match Report)

Leinster fell to their first defeat of the british and irish cup on Friday evening with Newport beating them 10-6 in Donnybrook.

Powerful separate surges from Eoin Sheriff and Ian Madigan in the opening ten minutes failed to reap points, and a forty metre break by Stephen Keogh in the 14th minute almost finished in the games first try, but the Leinster skipper was denied by the Welsh defence.

A knock sustained in the ensuring ruck ended Keogh’s evening and in the 19th minute Newport took the lead from a penalty scored by out-half Chris Wannell after an infringement at a ruck inside the leinster 22.

Newport pressed and some clever sniping around the fringes from the scrum-half Andrew Quick led to their second penalty of the evening in the 27th minute, though Wannell’s effort into bective end.

Leinster regrouped and despite McFadden’s second penalty effort three minutes later missing the target. Newport right-winger Mike Poole spent time in the bin in the 35th minute for successive deliberate infringements and though Leinster held the upper hand the interval, a difficult injury time penalty from McFadden couldnt level the scores.

Substitute Paul O’Donohoe entered the fray at the interval and carved though the Newport midfield in the 42nd minute. From the resulting spell of forward dominance , McFadden added his sides first points of the evening with a penalty five minutes later.

Newport benefited from a one man advantage with the left-wing Matthew pewter touching down in the corner after a fast back line move. Wannell added the conversion to extend Newport’s lead to 10-3 after 51 minutes.

The game ebbed and flowed with neither side asserting themselves but when Leinster gained dominance of the scrum McFadden scored his second penalty, but Newport held on to take the win, ensuring a tense finale in the final round of pool games.


McKinley makes Leinster debut

Former St Columba’s star, Ian McKinley, continued his rapid assent through the ranks when he made his Leinster senior debut in the Magner’s League against the Dragons.

McKinley lined out at number ten in the Lions’ last game of the season, resulting in an 18-9 defeat.

It was a good return though for a productive time spent with the academy and the Irish U-20s this year, while also starting most of UCD’s AIL games.


Heineken Cup Final Competition this week in the Gazette

heincupThe Gazette has teamed up with VisitScotland and the Heineken Cup to give you the chance to win a thrilling rugby weekend in Edinburgh.

This fantastic competition will also include three separate prizes of two tickets to the Heineken Cup Final on May 23, plus accommodation in the city, and STG£300 travel allowance per prize. It will also include an Edinburgh Pass, providing you with free access to a range of attractions in the city. Each of the three winners will also get to enjoy two nights accommodation for two people on a bed and breakfast basis at the Hilton Edinburgh Airport Hotel.

Pick up a copy of this week’s Gazette for all the details.

Pick up a copy of this week’s Gazette for all the details.