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Leinster secure fortuitous one-point victory over Treviso

A dramatic late drop goal from Jonathan Sexton gave the Irish side the win.

Leinster's Andrew Conway escapes from Edoardo Gori of Treviso.
Leinster's Andrew Conway escapes from Edoardo Gori of Treviso.

A LATE JONATHAN Sexton drop goal helped Leinster gain a dramatic late 19-18 away win against Benetton Treviso at Stadio Communale di Monigo in the RaboDirect PRO12.

The Irish side found themselves 8-3 down at half-time, following Robert Barbieri’s first-half try, coupled with an Alberto di Bernardo penalty, while Sexton scored the visitors’ sole first-half points with a penalty.

The hosts retook the lead late in the second half, as Brian O’Driscoll’s try and further efforts from Sexton appeared to have been in vain.

A Fabio Semenzato try and a Kris Burton penalty looked to have won it for Treviso, before the outhalf’s late intervention gave Leinster the victory.

TrevisoTries: Barbieri, Semenzato Cons: Burton Pens: Burton (2)

Leinster: Try: O’Driscoll Con: Sexton Pens: Sexton (3) Drop goal: Sexton

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