Jack Conan, Dave Kearney, Sean Cronin, and Adam Byrne all crossed for the home side, with Cheslin Kolbe claiming Toulouse’s consolation try, as Leinster claimed a bonus-point win.
Leinster, missing nine first team regulars including World Rugby Player of the Year and captain, Johnny Sexton, showed their strength and depth, with an impressive win over their fellow four-time European champions.
After, a tough start to the game, Sexton’s replacement Ross Byrne traded points with his opposite number, Thomas Ramos, to leave the game at 3-3 up until the 34th minute.
With Leinster having a scrum inside the 22, they pounced, passing across the line to Adam Byrne, who nearly crossed the white wash before being tackled. Moments later, Luke McGrath scooped up from the back of a ruck before firing to No.8 Conan who headed over for the first try off the game.
Ross Byrne kicked the extras; however, a late Thomas Ramos penalty had the teams going in at half-time at 10-6.
Leinster banished any fears of a Toulouse comeback 10 minutes into the second half. Ross Byrne sent a pin-point cross field kick from just outside the opposition 22 into the hands of Dave Kearney, who finished superbly in the corner despite the attention of Romain Ntamack.
This time Byrne failed to add the additional two.
On the stroke of the hour mark, Cronin touched down at the back of a ruck beside the posts, with Byrne converting, to make it 22-6.
The blow for both Leinster and Ireland was seeing scrum-half Luke McGrath being helped of the field after sustaining a leg injury.
In his absence replacement Jamison Gibson-Park showed his class. With five minutes remaining as he took a quick tap and go, sending a wonderful looping pass for Adam Byrne to run in for the bonus-point, Noel Reid kicked the extras this time.
In the dying seconds, the electric, Cheslin Kolbe, burst through the Leinster defence to score a try for the away side and drop kicked the conversion himself to confirm the 29-13 score line.
The win leaves Leinster 3 points clear at the top of Pool 1 with one round of fixtures left and in pole position for a home quarter-final.
Leinster head coach, Leo Cullen, was impressed by his team’s win post-match, but, ensured that the job is not done.
“We still have a lot of work to do to top this pool”, Cullen said, adding that Wasps away will be a “difficult” fixture.
Even though man of the match, Garry Ringrose, claimed his team’s performance, “wasn’t perfect”, it sent a message across the continent that Leinster are still the team to beat as they aim for back to back championships.
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Champions Cup Round 1 Fixtures Confirmed
The Champions Cup opening round fixtures have been announced and there are some big games to kick-off the tournament
The first round of Champions Cup fixtures has been confirmed for the 2019/20 season with the tournament to begin on the weekend of the 15th of November.
Reigning champions Saracens will begin their title defence with a tough away trip to Racing 92 in what is the last game of the weekend on Sunday November 17th.
Elsewhere, last season’s beaten finalists Leinster open their tournament with a home game against competition debutants Benetton on the Saturday, while Northampton Saints host Lyon in the other match in Pool 1.
The first game of what is the 25th edition of the tournament is the Pool 5 clash of Gloucester and Toulouse, as the reigning Top 14 champions look to go a step further than last season’s semi-final defeat to Leinster. Connacht play Montpellier in the groups other game on the Sunday.
The pool stages are set to finish on the second and third weekends of January, while the final itself takes place in the Stade de Marseille on May 23rd 2020.
Another Fijian Heads to Scotland
Glasgow Warriors have confirmed the signing of a Fijian star only two days after Edinburgh captured the signing of Mesulame Kunavula
Glasgow Warriors have announced the signing of Fijian hooker Mesu Dolokota on a two-year deal from Fijian Drua.
The 24-year-old was named in Fiji’s World Cup training squad last month and will join up with the Warriors following the conclusion of the tournament in Japan.
“I’m very happy to be joining Glasgow Warriors and I’m looking forward to playing in two of the best rugby competitions in the world. The opportunity to learn from such an experienced coaching team and play in such a successful team is very exciting for me. The club has a strong Fijian history and I hope I can be a big part of it going forward,” he said.
The hooker has nine international caps for Fiji as well as having experience in Super Rugby with the Brumbies in 2015 and Glasgow assistant coach John Dalziel is delighted to add more experience to the squad.
“Mesu is an exciting talent who will bring even more international experience to our front row. He isn’t your traditional front-row forward, he likes to bring a bit of Fijian flair to his game, but he can also do the basics very well and we’re excited to work with him when he shows up following international duty,” he said.
Dolokoto follows the footsteps of fellow Fijian Mesulame Kunavula, who joined Edinburgh only a couple of days ago and the PRO 14 can look forward to some Fijian flare next season.
Leinster Unveil New European and Alternative Jerseys
Leinster have revealed their European and alternative jerseys for the 2019/20 season
Leinster have unveiled their new Adidas European and alternative jerseys for the 2019/20 season.
Leinster have revealed that the jersey has been inspired by meteorites that were once used to create iron spears and will be worn by the club for the next two seasons.
“The pattern of the Leinster Rugby European jersey takes inspiration from meteorites that fell from the sky and were used by the Laighin people to create their iron spear. These meteorite formations form the graphic design of the jersey paying homage to the tale of the metal of the Gods, providing bold and vibrant energy for Leinster Rugby’s European campaign,” they said on their official website.
The alternative jersey is a shade of purple with black strips horizontally across the shirt.
They have said that this jersey is inspired by the purple skyline that is seen across the east coach of Ireland.
“The Alternate jersey embodies the electric energy of Ireland’s east coast at night. The iconic purple skyline forms the colour inspiration for this season’s kit. Incorporating a twist on the traditional hoop design, the kit harnesses the vibrant energy of the province, whilst maintaining a classic look and feel,” they added.
As well as the two new jerseys Leinster will continue to wear their Adidas home jersey from the 2018/19 season for the season ahead.
You can view the full Leinster Range for the up coming season here.
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