September 10, 2016
Glasgow Warriors 33 - 25 Leinster
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Scotstoun on Saturday September 10th 2016 | No comments
Tommy Seymour went over for four tries Glasgow Warriors backed up their win over Connacht with a hard-fought victory over Leinster at Scotstoun this afternoon.
Winger Tommy Seymour ran in four tries on Scotstoun's new artificial pitch to help the Warriors make it two wins in two starts in the PRO12.
Leinster had led 19-12 at the interval, boosted by two tries in the final three minutes.
Rob Kearney had scored the visitors' opener before flanker Josh van der Flier and winger Zane Kirchner, from a delightful cross-field kick by stand-off Joey Carbery, nudged Leinster ahead at half-time.
Tommy Seymour had opened the Glasgow try-scoring account and Tim Swinson added a second.
Carbery added two penalties to his two conversions in the second half for Leinster, but it became the Tommy Seymour show.
Two tries in two minutes from the Scotland international put Glasgow ahead but Leinster stayed in touch at 26-25.
Henry Pyrgos kicked four conversions in all for the hosts.
The match first came to life in the 15th minute with Glasgow prop Sila Puafisi putting in the initial push, followed by a floated pass from centre Sam Johnson to allow winger Seymour to score an unconverted try.
Leinster responded with a five-minute occupation of the home 22.
Number eight Jordi Murphy seemed sure to score until brought down by Stuart Hogg, but the ball was fed left for full-back Kearney to score and Carbery to convert.
Glasgow replied with accomplished handling that eventually cleared Swinson to score under the posts, allowing Pyrgos to convert.
But in the final three minutes of the half, with Glasgow right-winger Leonardo Sarto in the sin bin, Leinster struck twice.
First, flanker Van der Flier ran in. Then, stand-off Carbery flighted a perfect kick to the right for Kirchner to score. With Carbery converting the first, the visitors went in ahead.
Three minutes into the second period a simple penalty from Carbery allowed Leinster to stretch their lead, but he was soon to make a costly mistake, throwing a pass that was intercepted by Tommy Seymour who sped over for a try that Pyrgos converted.
Two minutes later and the winger had his hat-trick, running in from a long way out to put Glasgow back in the lead and set up a bonus point.
Carbery cut the difference to a point with a second penalty, however Seymour made sure of the home victory with a try under the bar converted by Pyrgos.
Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org after the game, Gregor Townsend said: "We couldn't have asked for a better day in terms of the weather, with the sun shining as well as a sell-out crowd and lots of noise. If you were a neutral today, you'd have really enjoyed the game. If you were a Glasgow fan, you probably enjoyed the second half more!
"We're delighted with the result at the end, which means we pick up a bonus point. I have to credit the players for the way they reacted in the second half. We weren't at our best defensively in the first forty minutes and Leinster exploited that. They came with a specific game plan and their young stand-off Joey Carbery was outstanding.
"The second-half was much better. We conceded just six points and I was pleased that we looked fit and sharp as we went into the last quarter of the game."
On the performance of Tommy Seymour, Gregor said: "Tommy made a huge impact. The interception try he scored became the catalyst for us with the way it came from defence.
"The decision from our co-captains to go for that scrum in the Leinster 22 was inspired, and I'm glad they couldn't hear what I was saying at the time as I was urging them to go for goal! They backed the play though, and Tommy's line from the scrum was sublime."
Cardiff Blues are next up for Glasgow, with the Welsh side also going into the game with two wins from their opening two PRO12 matches.
Gregor is fully aware of the challenge that awaits his side, saying: "They'll have seen what we're about in the first two rounds.
"They're a really good side and are really well coached. They were playing well towards the end of last season and have added a couple of new signings since then, so they'll be dangerous.
"To go to Munster and win as they did last night, you have to play well and they certainly did. We know it'll be a tough match. We need to focus on the areas we can improve, and I'm confident we can play better next week."