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March 18, 2010

Leinster 20 - 14 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Royal Dublin Showground on Thursday March 18th 2010 | 2 comments

Hefin O'Hare scored a fine solo try
Glasgow were left with only a bonus point to show for their efforts as Leinster extended their lead at the top of the Magners League.

Leinster's Fergus McFadden collected 15 points with a try, two conversions and two penalties, while full-back Girvan Dempsey chipped in with the other try.

A great solo effort from Hefin O'Hare briefly nudged Glasgow ahead and while Leinster hit back to claim a 20-7 half-time lead, replacement Colin Gregor salvaged a losing bonus point for the visitors with a second-half try and conversion.

Having gone 3-0 down to a McFadden penalty, Glasgow responded well and although Ruaridh Jackson failed to convert a penalty chance, they took the lead by the quarter-hour mark.

Winger O'Hare caught a clearance from Paul O'Donoghue and launched a superb counter attack, side-stepping the Leinster cover on the way to the line. Jackson tagged on the conversion but Leinster seized control for the remainder of the opening half.

McFadden landed his second penalty to cut the deficit and then powered over for a 23rd-minute try following a neat offload from Isa Nacewa.

McFadden converted and a second try followed for the hosts on the stroke of half-time, with replacement Eoin Sheriff stealing a Warriors' lineout to launch a swift attack which ended with Dempsey crossing in the corner.

McFadden converted to push leinster 13 points ahead, and it turned out to be a crucial kick as the home side failed to score in the second period.

Leinster struggled as Glasgow came more and more into the game and they missed a couple of try-scoring chances before Gregor crashed over in the corner in the 67th minute and converted his try to make it a six-point game.

Leinster almost provided an immediate response when O'Donoghue fed Michael Keating but he was hauled down just metres short of the line.

“The effort was outstanding tonight,” said Glasgow forwards coach Shade Munro in the Herald. “We should have won. It’s been a difficult few weeks for us, but the team has improved with every game. They’ve been training hard and they’ve looked like a new team this week.

“Budgie [Colin Gregor] was outstanding. He really made a differ­ence for us when he came on. Ruaridh is getting a lot of game time, but he’s just not been finding his form.”

Referee Nigel Owens (WRU)
Team
1
Jon Welsh
2
Dougie Hall
3
Ed Kalman
4
Tim Barker
5
Dan Turner
6
James Eddie
7
Calum Forrester
8
Richie Vernon
9
Mark McMillan
10
Ruaridh Jackson
11
DTH van der Merwe
12
Peter Horne
13
Peter Murchie
14
Hefin O'Hare
15
Bernardo Stortoni
Sub
Fergus Thomson
Sub
Moray Low
Sub
Robert Harley
Sub
Paul Burke
Sub
Colin Gregor
Sub
Dave McCall
Sub
Chris Kinloch
Match Substitutions
Off On
Dougie Hall Fergus Thomson
Off On
Ed Kalman Moray Low
Off On
Ruaridh Jackson Colin Gregor
Off On
James Eddie Paul Burke
Off On
Peter Horne Dave McCall
Off On
DTH van der Merwe Chris Kinloch
Scorers
Hefin O'Hare Try 
Ruaridh Jackson Conversion
Colin Gregor Try 
Colin Gregor Conversion
Posted by ballinj on March 19, 2010 10:31 AM | Reply to this comment

i thought the herald's prediction of a losing bonus point was wildly optimistic yesterday so I am very surprised by the result and the performance.

Was feeling slightly nervous about next season but hey maybe it isn't looking so bad after all.

Posted by ballinj on March 19, 2010 10:31 AM | Reply to this comment

i thought the herald's prediction of a losing bonus point was wildly optimistic yesterday so I am very surprised by the result and the performance.

Was feeling slightly nervous about next season but hey maybe it isn't looking so bad after all.

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