Leinster gained their first win of the RaboDirect Pro 12 campaign as they blew the Newport Gwent Dragons away in an excellent second half display to win by 31-10.
Outstanding individual performances from Isa Nacewa and Fionn Carr were the highlights of a performance which stuttered to get into gear, before exploding into life.
In a first half that failed to inspire, it was Leinster full back who opened the scoring in the third minute after some good pressure from Leinster forced the Dragons into giving a penalty away, which Nacewa slotted between the sticks.
Nacewa was the driving force and was the fuse which lit Leinster at times in the first half. The first real try scoring opportunity came just before the half hour mark when Fionn Carr made a magical break from inside his 22.
His run took him deep into the Dragons 22, when some good play by the Leinster backline put Dave Kearney in the clear. His run for the line was held up inches before he could ground the ball and the TMO ruled that the left winger had failed to ground the ball.
While Leinster dominated many areas of the first half, the Dragons, led by fly half Jason Towey probed for openings in the Leinster rear guard by where met everytime by a blue brick wall. When the openings did arrive, slack passes and poor decision making scuppeed any chance the Dragons had to get over the line.
The second half exploded into life when Leinster got the first try of the game. Some beautiful interplay between Nacewa and Fionn Carr allowed the busy Brendan Macken to get over for the prefect start to the second half for the home side.
It got even better a minute later when fly half Ian Madigan went on a mazy, spellbinding run which took him past four Dragons defenders and gave Leinster the start to the second half they were looking for.
That double whammy stunned The Dragons and they played like a team that had been hit by a whirlwind. Leinster looked far more dangerous with ball in hand and only a miss pass here and there and they could have been in for more scores.
To their credit, The Dragons didn’t lie down and fly half Jason Tovey, who stood out for the away side, got their only try of the game with a Madigan like solo run which cut the Leinster defence to pieces.
Tovey’s try was a rare blot on the Leinster copy book as they continued to dominate the game in all the right areas and the rounded off a much improved second half when Fionn Carr, who along with Nacewa shone for Leinster, capped an excellent performance with Leinster’s third try of the game to send the Leinster faithful home happy and give Leinster their first win of the domestic campaign.