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06th Apr 2024

Joe McCarthy leaves fans stunned with incredible piece of play as Leinster march on

Patrick McCarry

Joe McCarthy


Leicester Tigers came flying out of the gates, at Aviva Stadium, but Jamison Gibson-Park, Dan Sheehan and Joe McCarthy had some swift, painful responses for them.

Handré Pollard crashed over for a try after only five minutes of play, in Dublin. Ross Byrne responded with a penalty but Leinster were far from done.

A swift attack saw Joe McCarthy stretch all 6-foot-6 of his frame, pick a ball off his ankles, get back to full speed for a clean break and switch back inside for a try assist – to Gibson-Park – that had fans out of their seats and roaring.

The big man with lovely handling and a nice burst of pace, showing great awareness to set his scrumhalf free.

Jamison Gibson-Park gets first half hat-trick

Dan Sheehan followed up that Joe McCarthy assist with a sweet one of his own, to make it 15-7 to Leinster, as Jamison Gibson-Park cruised over after a nice support line.

The hat-trick try arrived on 30 minutes when Jamie Osborne made a nice break and inside pass:

The second half saw Leicester Tigers get to within a score of the hosts with a James Cronin try in the corner. Robbie Henshaw scored an intercept try, though, to keep the English side at a safe distance.

Jack Conan thought he had sealed victory with a fine try, only for the TMO to rule it out for a knock-on. 10 minutes later, there was no argument as Conan grounded the ball after a superb Ryan Baird break. Sub Charlie Clare got a Leicester consolation but that was as good as it got.

That win for Leinster sets up a Champions Cup quarter final against reigning champs, La Rochelle.


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