Leinster 21 Emirates Lions 13
Leinster moved four points clear at the summit of the United Rugby Championship table with a hard-earned victory over a stubborn Emirates Lions side at the RDS on Friday night.
Dave Kearney, Michael Ala’alatoa and Scott Penny were amongst the tries and with the ever-dependable Ross Byrne adding six points off the kicking tee, the hosts established themselves as the competition’s pace-setters without necessarily firing on all cylinders. Jaco Kriel broke through for a late try, but it wasn’t enough to secure a losing bonus point for the Lions.
After visiting outhalf Jordan Hendrikse fired off-target during the early exchanges from scoreable penalties on either flank, Leinster duly punished the missed opportunities via their first meaningf …