Leinster moved into second place in the Magners League with a narrow 26-16 victory over Newport Dragons on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors needed the help of a controversial penalty try as the game was tied at 16-16, when referee Andy Macpherson awarded the Irish side the score despite the fact that there was uncertainty as to whether a try would have been scored or not.
Leinster are now in a very strong position to join fellow Irish teams Munster and Ulster in the playoffs later in the season. Johnny Sexton was the star performer for the away side, kicking 16 points of their total score. The Irish International kicked Leinster into an early three point lead before the home side scored a try through Adam Hughes. Tovey added the extra score to put the hosts in front.
Newport went further ahead with a penalty but Isaac Boss went over for a Leinster try and Sexton converted to tie the game. However, the hosts went back in front from the boot of Tovey just before the interval(13-10).
Sexton tied the game after the restart and Leinster had numerical advantage when Aled Brew was sin-binned for a trip on Isa Nacewa. Leinster’s star man kicked the resultant penalty but Newport replied with another Tovey penalty. Leinster were then awarded the controversial penalty try that proved to be the crucial score on the afternoon. Sexton wrapped up the victory with his fourth penalty late in the game.
Munster now lead the league, with Leinster in second place and the two sides are due to play each other before the end of the competition.