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Nacewa orchestrates Leinster defeat of Treviso

Fijian magician Isa Nacewa inspired Leinster to cut loose in the final quarter of their RaboDirect PRO12 clash against Treviso as the league leaders ran out convincing 42-8 victors.

The Italians proved hard to put away for the majority of the match and prop Matteo Muccignat’s uncoverted try on 55 minutes brought the visitors to 14-8.

But a young Leinster moved up the gears in the final 20 minutes with Richardt Strauss, John Cooney, Fionn Carr and Nacewa, who finished with a 20-point haul.

That makes it 11 wins in a row for the European champions and they are now 14 points clear of the Ospreys in second place ahead of their clash with Edinburgh.

Nacewa, taking the kicking tee in the absence of Jonathan Sexton, opened the scoring with a straightforward fifth minute penalty only for Alberto di Bernardo to level the scores with a well-struck drop goal.

But Leinster’s response was instant when fly-half Ian Madigan stepped past a defender to touch down his sixth try of the competition.

Nacewa was off target with the conversion but made amends with a his second penalty to give the home team a 11-3 lead at the break.

The Fijian full-back showed his class in defence to usher out Brendan Williams’ grubber kick and added another penalty to edge Leinster further ahead.

But just as the RDS were anticipating Leinster to pull away, Fernandez-Rouyet put in fellow prop Muccignat with a well-timed pass to put Trevisio back into it, but di Bernardo missed a conversion and subsequent penalty which proved costly.

It was just the wake-up call Leinster needed as Carr cut through the Treviso defence to set up hooker Strauss for the second try.

Leinster’s big advantage was their strength in depth off the bench and replacement Dave Kearney’s first act was to set up Nacewa for a score.

Nacewa turned provider for John Cooney’s try with nine minutes to go and with time almost up Madigan’s crossfield kick was gathered by Carr for the final score of the night.  

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