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January 15, 2006

Leinster 46 - 22 Glasgow Warriors

Heineken Cup match played at RDS Grounds on Saturday January 14th 2006 | One comment

Mike came on in the second half and scored one of Glasgow's three tries
It was a poor Glasgow performance in Dublin, but had it not been for Felipe Contemponi's missed kicks, it could have been even worse.

Leinster kept their Heineken Cup hopes alive by picking up a priceless bonus point in a hugely impressive 46-22 rout of a battling Glasgow Warriors side at the RDS on Saturday night.

Michael Cheika's men scored eight tries in total, with Brian O'Driscoll bagging a brace, and Keith Gleeson, Shane Horgan, Girvan Dempsey, Felipe Contepomi, Cameron Jowitt and Denis Hickie all picking up one apiece.

For Leinster, the game was all about winning with a bonus point, and they really couldn't have hoped for a better start, scoring a try after just seven minutes of play.

Contepomi rather bravely opted to kick to touch rather than go for goal when Leinster earned a penalty some 30 metres out, and the Argentine's adventure paid off because Gleeson drove over the Glasgow line after a fine catch-and-drive from the pack.

An uncharacteristically poor kick from Contepomi prevented Leinster from picking up the extra two points, but that mattered little to the home crowd, who were hungry for tries - and tries alone.

And the Leinster faithful didn't have to wait too long for their team's next touchdown. It arrived in the 16th minute after a rapid cross-field attack involving Contepomi and Brian O'Driscoll ended with Girvan Dempsey putting Horgan over in the corner, after the Ireland winger showed off all his strength and power in holding off a last-gasp tackle from a Glasgow defender.

Contepomi missed the conversion attempt yet again, and it looked like it might prove costly when Glasgow produced a seven points out of nowhere midway through the first half.

A horribly wayward pass from O'Driscoll was intercepted by Rory Lamont on halfway, and after brushing off a worryingly weak tackle from the Leinster skipper, the Glasgow wing raced in for an easy score under the posts.

Parks converted and there were just three points between the two sides, despite Leinster's complete dominance.

But Glasgow were struggling defensively, and it came as no surprise to anyone when Leinster bagged a third try just before the half hour mark.

This time Guy Easterby found Eric Miller with an innovative off-load, and the number eight presented Dempsey with a delightfully easy try on the full-back's 100th appearance for Leinster.

Amazingly, Contepomi's conversion attempt drifted wide of the posts yet again, and that meant that the score remained 15-7.

Parks replied with a penalty to increase the Argentine's anxiety, but Contepomi's response was sublime, wriggling over the line in the 38th minute to secure the bonus point for the hosts.

Sadly, the score didn't have a positive effect on his kicking and he failed to convert yet again.

And he also failed to add the extras when Jowitt bundled over right on the stroke of half time to put Leinster 25-10 ahead at the break.

The second half took a while to get going but the ground erupted in the 54th minute when O'Driscoll won the race to Contepomi's deft little grubber kick in behind the Glasgow back-line, and touched down to score his first try since his return from injury.

Contepomi finally landed a conversion attempt, and applauded himself for doing so as he trotted back to the half way line.

It appeared as if that would be the end of the scoring as the game descended into mediocrity, but O'Driscoll sparked a flurry of tries by showing just why he is the best back in the world.

The gifted centre produced a glorious solo try in the 78th minute, which proved that he is well and truly back to his best after his recent shoulder injury.

Contepomi was now in the groove, and he converted to make it 39-10 to Leinster. However, Glasgow replied with a try of their own in the final minute of normal time through replacement Mike Roberts.

Hickie then sauntered over under the posts for Leinster's eighth, and final try of the night, but the last word belonged to Glasgow, with number seven John Barclay barging over in the eighth minute of injury time to put a slightly misleading slant on the scoreboard.

Referee J Jutge (France)
Attendance 12,443
Man of the Match Rory Lamont was his usual reliable self, playing the second half at full-back
Team
1
Kevin Tkachuk
2
Scott Lawson
3
Euan Murray
4
Dan Turner
5
Craig Hamilton
6
Steve Swindall
7
John Barclay
8
Jon Petrie
9
Graeme Beveridge
10
Dan Parks
11
Rory Lamont
12
Andrew Henderson
13
Graeme Morrison
14
Hefin O'Hare
15
Graydon Staniforth
Sub
Fergus Thomson
Sub
Lee Harrison
Sub
Tim Barker
Sub
Gregor Hayter
Sub
Sam Pinder
Sub
Colin Gregor
Sub
Mike Roberts
Match Substitutions
Off On
Graydon Staniforth Mike Roberts
Off On
Dan Turner Tim Barker
Off On
Scott Lawson Fergus Thomson
Off On
Graeme Beveridge Sam Pinder
Off On
Dan Parks Colin Gregor
Off On
Steve Swindall Gregor Hayter
Off On
Tim Barker Lee Harrison
Scorers
Rory Lamont Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
Mike Roberts Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
John Barclay Try 
Colin Gregor Conversion
Comments
Posted by duncan on January 15, 2006 09:11 PM | Reply to this comment

Eight tries conceded! What is that "defence" coach's name again?

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