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Leinster Fall to Third Pro 14 Loss this Season. Report & Player Ratings.

Report & Player Rating following Leinster’s third defeat this season in the Pro 14

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Edinburgh kept a lacklustre Leinster scoreless in the second-half to see through a 28-11 win over the reigning champions at BT Murrayfield on Friday night.

The result means that Leinster have now lost three matches in the regular season, but on the positive side a host of players got a run out for the visitors.

Leinster got off to a near perfect start with Ciaran Frawley knocking over a sixth-minute penalty, after being moved to 10 with Ross Byrne missing the game through injury.

The visitor’s night got better when Edinburgh lock Fraser McKenzie upended Noel Reid in a tackle and was sent to the sin bin.

Leinster took full advantage when Sean Cronin busted over the line from a maul off a line-out. The extras were missed by Frawley, but it left Leinster leading 8-0 after 15 minutes.

It was all Edinburgh following that, with WP Nel getting over in the 29th minute and Jaco Van der Walt hit over the conversion to leave a point in it.

Leinster were four in front when Frawley knocked over another penalty, however that was the end of Leinster’s scoring for the night as Edinburgh took over.

The away side conceded a penalty try just before half-time after collapsing a ruck leaving it at 14-11 come the interval.

Minutes into the second-half, Dan Leavy was awarded a yellow card as his side continued to concede penalties inside their own 22 with Edinburgh continuing to pressurise.

Edinburgh took full advantage of the extra man with Ross Ford touching down. Van der Walt converted from the touchline and it was a 10-point game.

The hosts claimed their bonus point in the 61st minute when Viliame Mata got in for their fourth try, Simon Hickey kicked the extras this time to make it 28-11.

That was how it ended on a disappointing night for the men in blue.
After the game Leinster head coach Leo Cullen tried to remain positive despite the poor result but acknowledged that his team gave away too many penalties.

“We had a lot of young guys come into the group. It was tough, Edinburgh played quite a smart tactical game. I thought we had some chances in the game that we didn’t quite execute on. Edinburgh put a lot of squeeze on us, we gave away quite a number of penalties for various different offences which put us under a lot of pressure,” he said.

The result brings Edinburgh right back into contention for a play-off spot, while Leinster have already topped the table and will now look towards their Champions Cup quarter-final showdown with rivals Ulster in the Aviva Stadium next weekend.

Player Ratings:

Jimmy O’Brien (5)

Fergus McFadden (4)

Noel Reid (4)

Joseph Tomane (6)

Barry Daly (4)

Ciaran Frawley (6)

Luke McGrath (5)

Ed Byrne (5)

Sean Cronin (6)

Michael Bent (5)

Josh Murphy (6)

Mick Kearney (6)

Rhys Ruddock (6)

Dan Leavy (4)

Max Deegan (7)

Replacements (5)

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Joey Carbery set for return this weekend for Munster

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The Munster team has been named for Friday night’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Cardiff Blues at the Cardiff Arms Park (8pm).

There are six changes to the starting XV that defeated Edinburgh last time out, while in the replacements there is the welcome return of Joey Carbery who is named in his first match-day squad since January 2020.

The opening try scorer in Murrayfield last weekend, Jack O’Donoghue captains the side for Friday night’s encounter as he and Chris Cloete are joined by Jack O’Sullivan in the back row.

Fineen Wycherley scrums down next to Jean Kleyn in the engine room with Kevin O’Byrne stepping into the front row in between James Cronin and John Ryan.

Shane Daly returns from Ireland camp to retain his position on the left wing with Calvin Nash named on the opposite flank as Mike Haley completes the back three at full-back.

The centre partnership sees Rory Scannell lining up next to Damian de Allende and Nick McCarthy joins JJ Hanrahan in the half-back pairing.

If sprung from the bench Billy Holland will move ahead of Ronan O’Gara for all-time Munster appearances and become the second most capped player for the province for his 241st appearance in red.

Paddy Patterson is in line to make his Munster debut as he provides the scrum-half cover.

Find out you need to know ahead of the game here.

Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Rory Scannell, Damian de Allende, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan, Nick McCarthy; James Cronin, Kevin O’Byrne, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley; Jack O’Donoghue (C), Chris Cloete, Jack O’Sullivan.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Liam O’Connor, Roman Salanoa, Billy Holland, Gavin Coombes, Paddy Patterson, Joey Carbery, Darren Sweetnam.

Player News: Academy lock Thomas Ahern was unavailable for selection after picking up a knock in training this week.

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Hear from Defence Coach JP Ferreira and Liam O’Connor ahead of the game.

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Huge boost for Ulster & Ireland as Henderson signs new deal

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Ulster captain, Iain Henderson, who has represented the province on 116 occasions, has secured his future with the club for the next two years.

Craigavon-born Henderson, who took up the role of Ulster captain in 2019, has progressed through the Ulster development system. Starting with mini rugby at Academy RFC, his early playing career saw him reach the final of the Danske Bank Schools Cup in 2010 with Belfast Royal Academy, represent Queen’s University Belfast as well as Ireland at Age-Grade level, before quickly rising through the ranks of senior professional rugby in the province.

Iain, who captained Ireland for the first time against France in this year’s Guinness Six Nations, made his international debut against South Africa in November 2012 and has won 60 caps to date for his country. 

A Lions tourist in 2017, Iain succeeded Rory Best as Ulster captain in 2019.  

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Over the past few seasons Iain has really developed into a leader within both the Ireland and Ulster squads. He is part of the national leadership group, captaining Ireland recently for the first time and we are delighted to have ensured that he continues his career in Ireland.”

Iain Henderson, commented,

“It has been a great honour to captain both Ulster and Ireland in recent times. Irish rugby is in a good place despite the disruption the sport has experienced during the pandemic. As professionals, we have been in a privileged position to be able to continue playing and I know we all hope to see supporters back in the Aviva and Kingspan in the near future.”

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Ulster issue positive update on Coetzee injury

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Many Ulster fans feared they may have seen the last appearance of Springbok Marcell Coetzee in an Ulster shirt after he was helped from the field on Friday night but a medical update has been issued which appears to be more positive than what was initially feared.

Update below:

The Ulster Rugby Medical Performance Team has issued a squad update ahead of Friday’s Guinness PRO14 Round 13 fixture against Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium.

Marcell Coetzee suffered a thigh muscle contusion in Ulster Rugby’s Guinness PRO14 Round 12 match against Glasgow Warriors. His availability for selection for the upcoming game against Ospreys will be assessed through the coming week.

There are no other new injury concerns arising from Friday night’s game at Scotstoun Stadium.

Squad updates in association with The Ulster Independent Clinic.

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