Leinster made an trip to Italy worthwhile with a commanding 31-3 win at the Stade Monigo on Saturday afternoon.
Leinster were without Johnny Sexton for the game, but they easily took care of their opponents running in five tries to sweep the Italians off their feet. The opening try came inside the opening 5 minutes when winger Adam Byrne crossed the line after he was assisted by Jamison Gibson Park. The subsequent conversion was missed.
It took the home side 20 minutes to respond to the try. It was a penalty converted by Antonio Rizzi. Leinster got their second try on 29 minutes with James Tracy touching down, the Leinster line out was won, before a drive over the line brought Tracy to touch down. The resulting conversion was converted 12-3 to Leinster at half time.
Rob Kearney was replaced at the break with Conor O’brien making his first senior start of the year. He was to get a try on 50 minutes after he was in the right place at the right time to score his first senior try. Ross Byrne converted and it was 19-3. The bonus point was secured with substitute Andrew Porter crossing the line on 60 minutes, Byrne converted the resulting conversion.
Joe Tomane made sure Leinster will travel to South Africa next week for their game with the Kings in high spirits and in superb form. That was Leinster’s fifth try of the night.