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Leinster give Ella winning start

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Out-half Matt Leek crowned a solid performance with 13 points, whilst Irish international wing Denis Hickie – playing his first game since May – was Leinster's most potent force in attack, yet remained scoreless on the night.

Leinster opened the scoring on five minutes with a Leek penalty before Gloucester centre Henry Paul scored a turnover try six minutes later.

Gloucester were penalised for brining down a ruck on their own line at the half way point of the first half and conceded a penalty try.

Leek converted to put Leinster three points in front.

A cross-field surge from Denis Hickie saw the winger off-load and send Keith Gleeson over the visitors' line for a simple try and a 17-7 interval lead.

The only try of the second half came the way of centre Robert Todd, whose 45th minute score edged Gloucester within distance.

But Paul missed the conversion and two penalties from out-half Leek cancelled out Paul's 53rd minute kick to give Ella a first game success.

The scorers:

For Leinster:Tries: Gleeson, Penalty tryCons: Leek 2Pens: Leek 3

For Gloucester:Tries: Paul, ToddCon: PaulPen: Paul

By Dave Mervyn

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