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Gopperth fails to save poor Leinster

Treviso 24 Leinster 24

By Robert Jones

Jimmy Gopperth missed a last-minute drop goal as Leinster were held to a 24-24 draw in their Guinness PRO12 match against Treviso yesterday.

The Italian side, who are still looking for their first win in the competition, held a slender 19-17 lead until the 67th minute when a try by Darragh Fanning and a Gopperth conversion edged Leinster ahead.

However, Davide Giazzon levelled for Treviso when he touched down in the 72nd minute before full-back Jayden Hayward missed the conversion. It left the scores level, with Gopperth unable to kick the winning points at the death.

Leinster claimed first blood in the contest when Fanning crossed for his first try of the afternoon in the third minute.

Gopperth missed the conversion and 10 minutes later Treviso were ahead after Hayward added the extras to Andrea Pratichetti's try. Dean Budd crossed for the Italians' second in the 25th minute, and Treviso took a 12-5 lead.

Dave Kearney cut the gap soon after, though, with Gopperth again missing the extra two points. Treviso left the field at half-time 12-10 ahead but their advantage did not last long in the second half as Bryan Byrne crossed in the first minute after the break, with Gopperth this time on target.

Marco Barbini got the home side back on level terms before Hayward edged them ahead with a successful conversion.

It was Fanning who swung the advantage back to Leinster as the clock ticked on with his second try of the game, which Gopperth converted.

Treviso were not done, with Giazzon's try drawing them level, but the inconsistent Hayward missed the match-winning conversion in the 76th minute.

Gopperth tried in vain to land a decisive drop goal at the other end but the score remained tied at the full-time whistle.

Edinburgh posted their third win of the Guinness PRO12 campaign as they saw off Cardiff Blues 28-13 at BT Murrayfield.

Edinburgh had tries from Andriess Strauss, Dougfie Fife and Tom Brown, with Tom Heathcote kicking the two conversions and three penalties.

Two penalties by Gareth Davies were all Cardiff had to show for their efforts until seven minutes from full time when Adam Thomas touched and Davies converted but that proved to be the final score and the visitors travelled home empty handed.

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