New ground Leinster progress
Leinster A qualified for the British Irish Cup quarter-finals after unexpectedly being involved in the first professional rugby union game on a 3G surface, playing out a 30-30 draw against Leeds Carnegie.
Girvan Dempsey’s side scored tries through Jack McGrath, Brendan Macken, Cathal Marsh and Leo Auva’a to win Pool 5 although Marsh missed a simple conversion to secure the victory in Yorkshire.
The game was moved to West Park, Leeds’ artificial pitch, due to snow.
LEEDS: Georgiou; Wilson, Goss, Lucock, D Doherty; Clegg, Hampson; Lockwood, Freer, Tussac; Green, Smith; Baldwin, Rowan, Burrows. Replacements: Griffin for Goss (27 mins), Ford for Clegg (43 mins), Graham for Freer (45 mins), Lockwood for Harris (49 mins), Doherty for Hampson (66 mins), Nilsen for Burrows (74 mins).
LEINSTER A: Kearney; Conway, Macken, Coghlan, Carr; Reid, Cooney; J McGrath, Sexton, Hagan; Marshall, Flanagan; Murphy, Ryan, Auvaa. Replacements: Marsh for Kearney (23 mins), Boyle for Reid (37 mins), Conan for Marshall (47 mins), Gilsenan for Murphy (59 mins), L McGrath for Cooney (71 mins), Referee: Simon Rees (WRU).