Leinster romped home to a handy victory versus the Dragons of Wales with a bonus point victory….
Leinster barely got out of second gear, yet put up a score-line of 43 points
to 14 with the homeside ratcheting up 7 tries along the way.
Deeny started very well and he was immediately given the responsibility of the first Leinster lineout which he took with aplomb. This goes to show the trust Leinster have in the young Wexford Wanderer. He followed up with a really good lift at lineout time.
With Leinster camped on the Dragons line, Deeny cheekily went for an over the top Harlem
Globetrotters style jump, but was unfortunately very unlucky to knock on.
He began to impose himself with some great basics in rucking and tackling.
A fantastic Liam Turner break up the pitch showed the gas of the Wexford man too as he was well able to incredibly keep up with play and he effected a brilliant ruck clearance to allow quick ball.
In a Leinster attack shortly after, Deeny showed unbelievable hands for a second row to
help another scorching Leinster move flow. It was back to the gritty stuff shortly afterwards with a sequence of four tackles including one absolutely cruncher. Brian was showing good energy at scrum time throughout the match with muscular work to help his prop put pressure on the Dragons at times.
Towards the end of the half, he made a great read for a crucial tackle and in a
resulting play showed great strength at maul defence time.
He then showed some slick moves with an unreal show and go dummy, baffling the Welsh
outfits defensive systems. He finished up with two solid rumbles at the try line which resulted in a Leinster try.
In the second half he was again impressive at maul defence. Following this he showed
his supreme alertness by reacting first to a Leinster lineout steal and with slick passing he immediately set up a Leinster attack.
Deeny then set off on some nice carry’s and had time to give the Dragons scrum half an uneasy time putting pressure on his box kicks.
With isolated pressure on the Leinster try line the Wexford man put in two battled hardened hits on his own 5 metre line and with a Dragons attack resuming shortly after he put in a great tackle on Former Welsh international hard man, No.8 Ross Moriarity.
The next jobs for Deeny towards the fourth quarter was an efficient lineout take and then
fabulous lineout pressure on the Welsh outfits throw leading to messy ball for them.
Rathnure man Charlie Tector entered the fray with about ten minutes to go as a
replacement at out-half. He got into the thick of the action soon enough as a nice kick down the right wing by Nick McCarthy was chased down by youngsters Tector and Rob Russell, with the two of them pinning the Dragons fullback close to the sideline and dully double teaming him and dispatching him into touch.
It was real dogged determination and youthful speed and exuberance that led to the winning that particular battle.
Tector slotted a lovely conversion of a try soon after with ease and followed it up with two
textbook chop tackles, scything his opposition down. Deeny was meanwhile putting in some good hits and carries, but it was Charlie who had the last laugh in the game.
With a lovely move down the left, the ball came to Dave Kearney on the wing, who put in a
peach of a chip kick over the top, which Tector in support, ran through and latched onto the
bounce of the ball and with 6 foot 2 inches and nearly 15 stones of Blackstairs beef he power through the final man to score his very first Leinster try. How sweet that must have been, stuff that dreams are made of especially at the RDS. No doubt all his friends, family and relations were delighted with that one back home in Wexford.
Yet again two fine displays by the Wexford men and we look forward to many more to come in the blue of Leinster.
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