November 30, 2019
Glasgow Warriors 10 - 23 Leinster
GUINNESS PRO14 match played at Scotstoun on Saturday November 30th 2019 | No comments
Two tries from Ruaridh Jackson gave Warriors a 10-3 lead but Leinster came back to take the win Glasgow Warriors lost out to unbeaten Leinster after a disappointing display at Scotstoun this evening.
Two Ruaridh Jackson tries in the opening 25 minutes helped Glasgow take a 10-3 lead but Leinster responded with two tries from Cian Kelleher and 13 points from the boot of Ross Byrne to take the win.
In freezing conditions at Scotstoun Leinster lost full-back Hugo Keenen to a yellow card inside three minutes after he pushed Huw Jones as teh Glasgow man looked set to score. From the resulting penalty, good work from the Glasgow forwards resulted in Peter Horne putting Jackson over in the corner.
Horne missed the conversion and a simple penalty soon after but Ross Byrne made no mistake with his effort to get Leinster on the board.
The Warriors stretched their lead when, following Sam Johnson's break, Jackson was put clear on the left for his second try.
Again the kick was missed and that was followed by a disastrous four minutes for Glasgow as Leinster left wing Kelleher struck twice, first after poor Glasgow tackling then three minutes later off a good pass from Keenan. With Ross Byrne converting both, the visitors held out sustained Glasgow pressure and went into the break 17-10 ahead.
Leinster were dominant in the second period taking control of the set-piece and forcing Glasgow into errors and indiscipline. Ross Byrne kicked another three-pointer and after Glasgow, once again, kicked the ball away, Leinster returned through Keenan and Conners to force another penalty.
With what little possession and territory, Glasgow couldn't open up excellent Leinster defence. The match ended as the first half had done, with Glasgow running out of of ideas, even after they had twice crossed the line, and taking nothing from the game.
Leinster go eight points clear at the Conference A summit, and 18 ahead of fourth-placed Glasgow.
"Leinster are going to be tough to catch," Glasgow Head Coach Dave Rennie told BBC Scotland.
"Regardless of what side they put out, they've got really good depth and front up well.
"We're not even thinking about topping the pool, we've done that the last two years and it hasn't won us the title, so we're not going to get too worried about that. We need to start getting some points so we can get into the play-offs and from there we've got a chance, so we've got a fair bit of work to do.
"It's not a lack of confidence or ability. I just felt that at times we slowed our own ball down, especially late in the piece where we were playing with tempo and getting behind them and we slowed it down to pick round the edges.
"Their defence was impressive, constantly getting the wall in front of you, so you've got to give them credit."