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Leinster hit summit after demolition job

Dragons 22 Leinster 54

Leinster's crop of Irish talent showed Joe Schmidt the future is bright after running riot against Newport Gwent Dragons.

Jack Conan and Joey Carbery will have no doubt caught the eye of the Ireland coach as they enjoyed a pair of stunning performances in this bonus-point 54-22 triumph that moves Leinster back to the PRO12 summit.

A first-half double from Conan began the rout for Leo Cullen's men before he turned provider for Jamison Gibson-Park.

The Dragons put up some resistance when they scored through Adam Hughes, but Richardt Strauss earned the bonus point moments later.

Leinster continued to heap more misery on the hapless Dragons and added further scores from James Tracy, Hayden Trigg and a late Luke McGrath brace.

The hosts had only won once in their last six league matches but turned on the power up front to earn an early scrum penalty.

Dorian Jones booted the Dragons into an early 3-0 lead, but that proved to be the wake-up call Leinster needed.

Carbery showed Schmidt what he is missing moments later when he used his dazzling footwork before passing to Conan, who had an easy run in. Ross Byrne converted for a 7-3 lead.

No.8 Conan picked up at the base of a ruck and powered over from close range to give Byrne an easy conversion.

Conan was central again after the break as he burst clear to set up Gibson-Park for an easy run-in, and Byrne was on target again to make it 21-3.

The Dragons showed some fight to pull a try back from Hughes, but Strauss made sure of the bonus point after another Carbery break. Tracy was then shunted over for try number five.

Trigg then pounced on a comedy of Dragons errors to score before Matthew Screech bagged a consolation.

McGrath put the icing on the victory with two scores, before Sarel Pretorious scurried over late on.

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