It was a great performance by a second string Leinster side to beat Treviso away.
They made a great start with a try inside the first minute from Leo Auva’. Botes kept Treviso in the game kicking four penalties before having a horrror show in the second half missing three easy kicks.
An Eoin O’Malley try with fifteen minutes left Leinster ten points up and secured the win for the Irish team. Fergus McFadden and Devin Toner had very good performances.
Benetton Treviso 20-30 Leinster, 2pm
76min Tobias Botes – missed penalty
65min Fergus Mcfadden – conversion
64min Eoin O’Malley – try
63min Ian Madigan – missed penalty
59min Tobias Botes – missed penalty
55min Fergus Mcfadden – penalty
52min Tobias Botes – missed conversion
52min Manoa Vosawai – try
48min Fergus Mcfadden – penalty
45min Tobias Botes – penalty
31min Tobias Botes – penalty
24min Fergus Mcfadden – penalty
21min Tobias Botes – penalty
12min Tobias Botes – penalty
9min Fergus Mcfadden – conversion
8min Fionn Carr – try
4min Tobias Botes – penalty
2min Fergus Mcfadden – conversion
1min Leo Auva’a – try
Live match commentary
79min Botes looked to be in for a try but he cant control a poor pass.
78min Treviso attacking on half way.
77min Botes really has ruined Treviso’s day he bottles another sitter.
76min Shane Jennings gets a yellow card, Treviso have a penalty in front of the posts to get back within seven pts.
75min Treviso throw outside the Leinster 22.
73min Treviso scrum on half way.
72min Leinster win a penalty from the scrum, that could be it for Treviso.
71min Treviso going through the phases and win a scrum seven metres from the Leinster tryline.
69min Treviso only metres from the Leinster try line.
68min Healy penalised, Treviso kick to inside the Leinster 22, they need a score from this attack.
67min Treviso scrum on half way.
65min Stunning break away try for Eoin O’Malley under the posts. Easy conversion for McFadden.
63min Its just short.
62min Leinster win a penalty from the scrum and Madigan is going to go for the posts inside his own half.
61min Forward pass by Toner, Treviso scrum.
60min Leinster throw on half way.
59min Botes kicks a horror penalty, he really did bottle it.
58min Treviso get a penalty right in front of the posts, this will be very easy for Botes.
56min Treviso attacking outside the Leinster 22.
55min Fergus McFadden kicks the penalty, he is having a great day with the boot.
54min Leinster get a penalty between the 10m and Treviso 22.
52min After some unsporting play by Leinster, Botes misses his conversion.
51min Treviso look to have go over, but it has to go upstairs. Manoa Vosawai try is given.
50min Stunning kick forward by Treviso from Botes leads to a 5m scrum, D’Arcy could not get over his own try line.
50min Treviso scrum on half way.
49min No mistake from McFadden, Treviso make three changes to the front row.
47min Poor penalty given away by Treviso for going in over the top, McFadden should kick this one.
46min Leinster throw on half way.
45min Tobias Botes kicks the penalty, its now 15-17.
45min Treviso win a penalty, Botes is going to go for the posts, its a very difficult kick.
44min Poor pas by Madigan leads to a Treviso scrum inside the Leinster half.
43min A lot of the Italian fans are booing the Iris referee. Couple of decisions not going Treviso’s way.
41min Second half underway, Leinster have a throw on half way.
40min Its half time and its anyone’s match.
38min Treviso go for the corner and once again Toner robs the throw. Leinster have a scrum near half way.
37min Davin Toner robs the throw, but its a poor clearance and Treviso go on the attack and win a penalty.
36min Treviso throw just outside the Leinster 22.
35min Treviso win a penalty from the scrum.
34min Leinster attacking inside the Treviso 22. Cian Healy knocks on.
32min Treviso penalised for going off their feet, Leinster have a throw on the oppositions 22.
30min Tobias Botes makes it 4 out 4 penalties. Its 12-17.
28min Poor kick from Leinster, Treviso attacking just outside the Leinster 22. They win a penalty for a high tackle.
27min Good play by Treviso, they are attacking just outside the Leinster 22. But they knock on. Leinster scrum.
26min Scrum for Leinster just inside their own half.
24min Fergus Mcfadden kicks a really good penalty.
23min Very poor scrum by Treviso leads to a Leinter penalty.
22min Lot better kick off by McFadden, but Leinster give away a scrum.
21min Tobias Botes kicks the penalty to leave it 14-9 to Leinster.
21min Treviso only seven metres from the Leinster try line, they are going through the phases and win a penalty.
20min Treviso attacking just outside the Leinster 22.
18min Treviso win a penalty, Cian Healy penalised for holding on.
17min Treviso knock on, Leinster attacking on half way.
16min Teviso still attacking around the Leinster 22.
14min Treviso win a throw just outside the Leinster 22.
13min McFadden kicks the restart out on the full, its a Treviso scrum on half way and they win a free kick.
12min Tobias Botes makes no mistake with the penalty
11min Treviso win a penalty in front of the posts just outside the Leinster 22.
11min Treviso attacking on half way.
10min Treviso will need to get the next try or this could be a cricket score.
8min Another easy try for Leinster this time it comes from Fionn Carr, Leinster now lead 14-3.
6min Leinster attacking on the Treviso 22.
4min Tobias Botes kicks the penalty.
3min Treviso get a penalty from the throw in, they are going for the posts.
1min Leinster have the perfect start with a try from Leo Auva’a under the posts, Mcfadden kicks the easy conversion.
0min Leinster get the game underway.
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0min Its going to be a tough battle for Leinster this afternoon.
Benetton Treviso: Luke McLean; Benjamin De Jager, Tommaso Benvenuti, Alberto Sgarbi, Brendan Williams; Kristopher Burton, Tobias Botes; Michele Rizzo, Enrico Ceccato, Lorenzo Cittadini; Antonio Pavanello (capt), Valerio Bernabo; Paul Derbyshire, Alessandro Zanni, Robert Barbieri.
Replacements: Franco Sbaraglini, Matteo Muccignat, Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet, Benjamin Vermaak, Manoa Vosawai, Francesco Minto, Fabio Semenzato, Alberto Di Bernardo
Leinster: Luke Fitzgerald; Fergus McFadden, Eoin O’Malley, Gordon D’Arcy, Fionn Carr; Ian Madigan, Eoin Reddan; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Jamie Hagan; Damian Browne, Devin Toner; Rhys Ruddock, Shane Jennings (capt), Leo Auva’a.
Replacements: Aaron Dundon, Jack McGrath, Nathan White, Kevin McLaughlin, Jamie Heaslip, Isaac Boss, Noel Reid, Brendan Macken.
Leinster return to domestic duties tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Italy to face Benetton Treviso in the RaboDirect Pro 12 game live on RTE 2, kick off 2.00pm.
Following on from their bonus point demolition of Glasgow at the RDS last weekend the defending Heineken Cup champions will be looking to keep their good run in their domestic campaign going.
Joe Schmidt has rung the changes for this game with Shane Jennings leading a much changed side from last weeks game. Luke Fitzgerald moves to full back as Isa Nacewa and Rob Kearney are rested.
Gordon D’Arcy and Eoin O’Malley, both try-scorers in the RDS last weekend, continue in the centres with Eoin Reddan partnering Ian Madigan at half-back. There are changes also in the back three. Rhys Ruddock and Leo Auva’a join Jennings in the back row, with Damian Browne, Jamie Hagan and Ireland prop Cian Healy all starting in the front row for Leinster.
Benetton coach Franco Smith has made few changes for Saturday’s game. Apart from Luke McLean replacing Ludovico Nitoglia as fullback, Smith has gone for continunity in the backs. Up front Antonio Pavanello and Valerio Bernabò both start, while in the back row Paul Derbyshire comes back with his Italian team mates Alessandro Zanni and Robert Barbieri.
Speaking ahead of the game Smith believes that his side are improving and will test Leinster as they look to put another one of the Heineken Cup champions who they beat at home last year. 29-13 “”I’m delighted that we were disappointed with the Ospreys result,” said Smith,
“Twice they kicked the ball out at the end of the half which showed the respect they had for what we had done.
“We need to keep believing and keep working hard. Next up we’ve got Leinster who are the European champions and finalists last year as well.
“We beat them last year but we will have to be at our best to be competitive. We want to get stronger every game, that is our ambition”
For Leinster to win their mindset has to be right. If they are up for the game and come out well then they have the individual and collective talent to pick the home side off. However, if they are tardy from the off this game has the potential to break down into a dog fight which doesn’t suit Leinster’s high paced, intense game that they like to play.
Leinster are given the vote to win. I think they will win and beat the handicap. Betfair are currently offering Leinster -5.5pts at 1.02 and should be backed
REFEREE: George Clancy (IRFU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Stefano Traversi, Matteo Liperni (both FIR), TMO: Stefano Marrama (FIR)