Leinster continued their magnificent start to the Pro14 season as they cruised to a sixth successive victory, overcoming Connacht 42-11 on Friday.
Conference A leaders and defending champions Leinster fell behind to an early penalty, but five first-half tries – two each from Andrew Porter and Ronan Kelleher – had them 35-6 up by the interval.
Stephen Fitzgerald claimed Connacht’s only try of the match eight minutes into the second half, but visiting Leinster added further gloss through James Lowe with 11 minutes remaining.
Elsewhere, Duhan van der Merwe’s try combined with accurate kicking from Simon Hickey ensured Edinburgh did not fall foul of an attempted comeback from the Dragons, triumphing 20-7 at Murrayfield.
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The Scottish side led 10-0 at half-time. While Adam Warren crossed for a converted try to briefly get the visitors back into contention, Van der Merwe’s well-worked score helped wrap up the points.
Hickey kicked two conversions and a pair of penalties for Edinburgh, who are now up to second in Conference B.