Carbery orders a double as Leinster struggle to victory

Leinster's Joey Carbery runs in for his  second try
Leinster's Joey Carbery runs in for his second try

Joey Carbery scored two tries in his first start for Leinster as they opened the Guinness PRO12 season with a lacklustre 20-8 win over Benetton Treviso.

The 20-year-old Academy fly-half thrilled the RDS crowd with two first-half touchdowns, before Marco Fuser’s 37th-minute try kept resilient Treviso in the hunt at 15-5 down.

Leo Cullen’s men never hit the heights of last May’s 50-19 thrashing of the Italians, but replacement hooker James Tracy settled the issue with a well-taken effort from a maul seven minutes from the end.

The hosts had stormed out of the blocks, wave after wave of attack leading to man-of-the-match Carbery cutting through to score under the posts inside three minutes.

A wayward first penalty attempt from debutant Tommaso Allan, coupled with the injury-enforced loss of captain Alessandro Zanni, saw Treviso remain scoreless throughout a somewhat listless first quarter.

It took another moment of magic from Carbery to lift the excitement level. lowing a superb rip by Josh van der Flier, Carbery broke clear to score.