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Connacht 16 - 31 Leinster,
Sportsground, Galway,
Att: 3,678,
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon,
Friday 29th September 2006, 18:30

Leinster gained an important bonus point victory in this Irish derby game in Galway, in front of a record home crowd for a Magners League match of 3,678.

Leading within a minute through a block down and try from Trevor Hogan and with a Guy Easterby try before the break, after some good work by both Brian O'Driscoll and Jamie Heaslip Leinster struggled to drive their early advantage home, going into the break 13 points to 7 up.

The second half was a fractious affair with both McCormack and McHugh sin-binned for fighting and Malcolm O'Kelly for killing the ball in a ruck.

However, when down to 13 men, Leinster rallied through a D'Arcy drop-goal and wrapped up the bonus point with two late tries from Horgan and an intercept try from Hickie.

Match Stats
Connacht Leinster
Tries Darren Yapp T. Hogan
G. Easterby
S. Horgan
D. Hickie
Conversions M. McHugh F. Contepomi
Penalties M. McHugh
D. Riordan
F. Contepomi
Drop Goals G. D'Arcy
Teams D Riordan; M Mostyn, D Yapp, G Williams, C McPhillips; M McHugh, C Keane; B Wilkinson, J Fogarty (capt), R Hogan; D Gannon, A Farley; J Muldoon, M Lacey, C Rigney G Dempsey; L Fitzgerald, B O'Driscoll (capt), S Horgan, D Hickie; F Contepomi, C Whitaker; R Corrigan, H Vermaas, W Green; T Hogan, O Finegan; S Keogh, K Gleeson, J Heaslip
Replacements A Flavin for Fogarty (40+3 mins), T Robinson for McPhillips (half-time), R Ofisa for Lacey (60 mins), M Diffley for Hogan, P Warwick for Robinson (both 69 mins), T Tierney for Keane (79 mins). Sinbinned: McHugh (64 mins) G Easterby for Whitaker (9 mins), R McCormack for Green (24-28 mins) and for Corrigan (half-time), C Warner for Horgan (25-30 mins), B Jackman for Vermaas, M O'Kelly for Finegan, G D'Arcy for Fitzgerald (all 61 mins), Corrigan for Keogh (66-74 mins). Sinbinned: McCormack (64 mins), O'Kelly (67 mins)

by Paul Kelly, © 2006-09-29