February 28, 2020
Leinster 55 - 19 Glasgow Warriors
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Dave Rennie says Warriors "were miles off it" Glasgow Warriors suffered a 55-19 thumping at the hands of Leinster in Dublin this evening.
The Irish province had secured the bonus-point by half-time with tries from Ryan Baird, Dave Kearney, James Lowe, and Scott Fardy.
Baird and Kearney completed hat-tricks and Lowe a double.
Tommy Seymour, Kyle Steyn and Alex Allan crossed for Glasgow but Leinster proved too powerful for the Scotstoun men.
"Obviously that's an incredibly disappointing performance from us. We were miles off it. Too many errors, too many missed tackles," said Dave Rennie.
"Leinster are such a good side. They will get good momentum on the ball which generates really quick pill and constantly attacking seams and asking questions. They can go underneath you and they can hurt you out wide once they have generated some numbers around the ball.
"That's really clinical so that's a really good lesson for us. I know we lacked energy tonight for some reason in that battle to get bodies on bodies in our defensive line. They were good enough to hurt us."
Unlike many of their Conference A rivals Warriors do not have any games remaining against the Italian sides, so there remains a good chance that all their eight games will be played in full.
Glasgow still have to play conference rivals Ospreys and Ulster twice, while their final-round derby against Edinburgh could have a lot on the line.
"We conceded a lot of points because we just didn't defend well enough. We made errors which were difficult to defend from as well. They are too good a side to keep giving possession away or give quick ball to.
"We have talked about how we prepared and so on, because preparations seemed pretty good as they have been in the last couple of months. But we were miles off it, we were well out-played and the score reflected that.
"Kyle Steyn's try was really well finished, but that was one of too few bright moments tonight.
"It doesn't change too much for us in terms of the general picture, and it's not terminal. We know that we need to be at a higher level in these big games, though."