We were warned by the OLSC (Official Leinster Supporters Club) to be seated by 12:30 as the Toulouse fans would be there in their hundreds, and indeed they were. The seats were quickly filled with the fans of both sides waving their flags high in the air. The atmosphere was immense considering the previously played game this year where we were beaten by
Leinster had a strong side prepared with Rhys Ruddock captaining the team, alongside Conor O’Brien on the bench, who was earning his first European cap. Johnny Sexton sat out on this one with a minor injury, leaving the young Ross Byrne to take his place.
Jack Conan scored the first try of the game, with the help of Adam Byrne side stepping along the right wing. By half time, Leinster led 10-6. Jack Conan’s try alongside a conversion and penalty by Ross Byrne.
During the 50th minute, the ball is kicked cross field by Byrne, giving Dave Kearney the opportunity to score the second try of the match. However, looking back on this try, there are questions to be asked as to whether a penalty should’ve been given for tackling a player in the air.
Less than ten minutes later, Sean Cronin scores a try just at the line in a ruck, bringing the score to 22-6.
With just 5 minutes to go, we see another spectacular moment where the ball goes cross-field and lands perfectly into Adam Byrne’s hands on the wing, giving us the final try of the game (and the bonus point!).
Just as the crowd counts down to the 80th minute, Toulouse’s speedy Cheslin Kobe secures a try and a conversion to end the game. The end result is 29-13.
A wonderful win for Leinster which put us at the top of the pool by three points. However, it is never a full game without some worrisome injuries. Luke McGrath sustained a knee injury but we are unsure of the extent of his injury just yet. This creates a dilemma considering the Irish Six Nations camp begins in a week time, leaving us short when it comes to the selection of scrum-halves.
Let’s hope for a win next week against Wasps to give us the home quarter-final. COYBIB!
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