Cheetahs Struggled In Dublin

Conference A leaders Leinster Rugby extended their unbeaten run in the Guinness PRO14 to 11 games after beating Toyota Cheetahs 36-12. It was a tough day at the office for the Toyota Cheetahs in a challenging tour opener in soaking rain at the RDS Arena in Dublin on Saturday.

The hosts scored three first half tries to none by the Toyota Cheetahs for a 22-0 lead and then added two more in the second half, while limiting the visitors to two in a late surge.

This result saw Leinster extend their winning run in the competition to 11 matches – keeping them firmly at the top of Conference A table.

Leinster flanker Will Connors opened up the scoring in the 22nd minute from a pick-and-go after sustained pressure in the opening quarter. Michael Bent (prop) then added their second try from another pick-and-go with Rónan Kelleher (hooker) forcing his way over from a strong rolling maul for an encouraging 22-0 halftime lead.

Leinster continued this impressive to extend their led to a 36-0 lead after two more tries. The Toyota Cheeths first points came after 63 minutes of play with Luan de Bruin (replacement prop) forcing his way over the chalk from a strong pick-and-go. A second try on the stroke of fulltime saw the Toyota Cheetahs go down 36-12.

Scorers:

Leinster: Tries: Will Connors (2), Michael Bent, Rónan Kelleher, Rhys Ruddock. Conversions: Ciarán Frawley (4). Penaltyl: Frawley.

Toyota Cheetahs: Tries: Luan de Bruin, Aidon Davis. Conversion: Ruan Pienaar.