Ringrose hattrick secures bonus point win for Leinster


Garry Ringrose helped Leinster get their Champions Cup fixtures rolling with a 33-19 bonus-point win over Benetton at the RDS.

Leinster scored five tries in their Champions Cup opener against Benetton at the RDS Arena in Dublin on Saturday.

Garry Ringrose shone with his first career hat-trick, while Rónan Kelleher and Johnny Sexton also touched down for the hosts to secure a bonus point win.

Benetton lock Dean Budd scored in the first half while hooker Epalahame Faiva and winger Luca Sperandio scored second-half tries for the visitors.

Irish international Ian Keatley kicked two conversions for Benetton.

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Leinster: Larmour; D Kearney, Ringrose, O’Loughlin, Lowe; Sexton, McGrath; Healy, Rónan Kelleher, Porter, Toner, Ryan, Ruddock, Van der Flier, Doris

Replacements: Tracy, Dooley, Bent, Fardy, Deegan for Doris 16, Gibson-Park, Byrne, Henshaw.

Benetton: Hayward; Esposito, Brex, Sgarbi (capt), Sperandio; Keatley, Duvenage; Quaglio, Faiva, Riccioni; Herbst, Budd; Pettinelli, Steyn, Manu.

Replacements: Makelara, Zani, Pasquali for Riccioni 29, Fuser, Lazzaroni, Halafihi, Tebaldi, Allan.

Referee: Pierre Brousset (France)


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