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Last Updated: Friday, 24 October, 2003, 21:53 GMT 22:53 UK
Borders pay the penalty

Borders 21-26 Leinster

Brian O'Meara missed out on a place in Ireland's World Cup squad
Borders (8) 21
Tries: Stuart 2, Feather.
Pens: Morton, McRae.
Leinster (9) 26
Tries: Kearney.
Pens: O'Meara 7
Att: 2,000

Leinster's Brian O'Meara helped himself to 21 points as rock-bottom Borders hit a new low at Netherdale on Friday night.

The Scots literally paid the penalty as dead-eyed O'Meara punished the sloppy home side by firing over seven successful penalties.

The only consolation for the Borders was a brace of touchdowns from centre Jono Stuart which had the home side eyeing a morale-boosting win at one stage.

After O'Meara's first trio of kicks, Stuart reduced the deficit by driving over in the corner on the stroke of half-time following a feed from Chris Cusiter.

And hopes of a rare home win were raised on the restart when Stuart conjured-up a carbon copy of his first score as Leinster showed signs of wilting.

But on-song O'Meara kept the visitors in touch with another penalty before the Irishmen reclaimed the lead through an Aidan Kearney try.

O'Meara slotted another three penalties to open up a 10-point gap before Campbell Feather notched a consolation try deep in injury-time.

Borders: G Morton, C MacRae, J Stuart, K Utterson, A Turnbull, C Laidlaw, C Cusiter, K Todd, R Ford, G Graham, S MacLeod, C Stewart, C Feather, D Kane, T Walker.
Replacements: S Scott, G Cross, D Weir, A Davidson, I Fairley, C Murray, S Paterson.

Leinster: G D'Arcy. J McWeeney, J Downey, D Quinlan, G Brown, M Leek, B O'Meara, E Byrne, G Hickie, P Coyle, A Kearney, B Gissing, N Breslin, S Jennings, D Dillon.
Replacements: N Treston, D Blaney, J O'Donovan, N Ronan, S Whelan, P McKenna, D O'Shea.



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