Classy Leinster score eight tries against sorry Italians in Dublin

Leinster's Sean Cronin
Leinster's Sean Cronin

Leinster ran in eight tries to maintain their push for a PRO12 play-off place with a 52-0 victory over Zebre at the RDS.

New Zealander Hayden Triggs and academy player Adam Byrne claimed their first tries at senior level for the hosts, and thanks to further efforts from club captain Isa Nacewa and Luke McGrath, Leinster had the bonus point in the bag by half-time leading 26-0.

Leo Cullen unloaded his bench upon the resumption and Jordi Murphy, Sean Cronin, Garry Ringrose and Cian Kelleher shared out four more tries as the Irish province comfortably recorded their 10th league triumph of the current campaign.

Leinster were aiming to return to winning ways following their recent defeat at the Newport Gwent Dragons, while Zebre were edged out by Munster in Parma on the same weekend.

Cullen recalled Ireland internationals Cian Healy and Mike Ross to his front row following their recent injury lay-offs, and although Zebre initially held firm, a powerful drive by second row Triggs yielded a ninth-minute try.

And after that it was one way traffic as the home side ran riot against a struggling Zebre side.