Leinster beat Bulls in the second half

Henry

The Bulls are one of the few teams that have been able to deal with Leinster on their home field, but on Friday night the Pretorianians were no match for Ireland’s best, especially in the second half.

Leinster won the United Rugby Championship encounter at the RDS arena 47–14 after the visitors enjoyed a 14–12 half-time lead.

If this was a benchmark match for the Bulls, the Jakaranda city’s rugby pride was weighed and found to be too light.

Yet things started so promisingly on a cold night in Dublin.

The forwards stood their ground against Leinster, Wilco Louw was a scrum machine and Kurt-Lee Arendse scored a try as usual. Then Johan Goosen also kept the scoreboard going with his kicking foot.

However, the home team gradually began to play with more rhythm and once this happens, visiting teams cannot do much other than dance to his pipes.

Jordan Larmour was a thorn in the Bulls’ flesh and Leinster looked much more dangerous on the attack than the Pretorians who are used to scoring tries this year.

Yes, there were some interesting refereeing decisions such as sending Luke McGrath off the field with only a yellow card for his headbutting session with Arendse.

The Springbok blitz was on his way to the goal line for his team’s only try when the Leinster scrumhalf ran into him.

And it wasn’t exactly McGrath trying to use his arms to flatten his prey.

But referee Craig Evans decided that the impact was largely on Arendse’s body and he waved a yellow card in the Leinster man’s direction.

An Arendse try in the second half was initially awarded, but later revoked after it was found that he had made contact with Harry Byrne’s back while trying to kick the ball forward.

Bulls supporters can surely frown on these decisions.

However, were Leinster the better team on the pitch?

Yes.

  • Scorers:

Leinster: Tries: Josh van der Flier, Ronan Kelleher, James Lowe, Michael Milne, Dan Sheehan, Jack Conan and Liam Turner. Goals: Harry Byrne (6).

Bulls: Three: Kurt-Lee Arendse. Penalty kicks: Johan Goosen (3).

PRC Scoring:

  1. Leinster: 54 points after 13 games
  2. Bulls: 45 points after 13 games
  3. Glasgow Warriors: 44 points after 12 games
  4. Munster: 39 points after 12 games
  5. Stormers: 35 points after 12 games
  6. Edinburgh: 34 points after 12 games
  7. Ulster: 34 points after 12 games
  8. Lions: 34 points after 12 games
  9. Connacht: 33 points after 12 games
  10. Benetton: 33 points after 12 games
  11. Ospreys: 30 points after 12 games
  12. Cardiff: 23 points after 12 games
  13. Scarlets: 16 points after 12 games
  14. Dragons: 15 points after 13 games
  15. Zebre: 15 points after 13 games
  16. Sharks: 14 points after 12 games