November 02, 2020
Glasgow Warriors 19 - 32 Leinster
GUINNESS PRO14 match played at Scotstoun on Monday November 2nd 2020 | No comments
D'arcy Rae scored just after the break Glasgow Warriors lost out to PRO14 champions Leinster in an entertaining encounter at Scotstoun.
Tries from Jimmy O'Brien, Luke McGrath and Scott Penny put the Irish side firmly in control at the break.
D'arcy Rae added to George Horne's earlier effort to cut the gap but Michael Bent dived over to secure the bonus-point in the second-half.
Tom Gordon's try proved a consolation for the home side at Scotstoun.
The win keeps Leinster top of Conference A with four wins from four, while Warriors have just one victory so far from the same number of games and sit fourth out of six teams
The defending champions ultimately proved too strong in the first-ever Monday night PRO14 fixture to be held at Scotstoun, but Head Coach Danny Wilson believes the positives to be taken from the match will serve his squad well over the coming weeks.
"We don't like losing at home, and Ryan Wilson spoke very well about that in the changing room post-match," said the Glasgow boss.
"There were some positives to take out of that though. I thought we showed great character to come back into the game after trailing at half-time. They were more clinical than us and overpowered us a couple of times, but the players fought their way back into the game and we probably should have taken at least a point out of that game.
"I thought we played some good rugby and put them under pressure, we just need to be more clinical. Leinster are a quality side, but I thought we fronted up well - guys like Rob Harley I thought were excellent tonight, and we scored some good tries."
With both sides missing a cast list of internationals to Scotland and Ireland camps respectively, Wilsonís squad depth was tested.
"We had a couple of players playing out of position late on, and you're asking someone like Hamish Bain to play a full 80 minutes in only his second game for us," explained Wilson.
"Credit to Hamish, because I thought he was great tonight. We stuck to our task and got back into the game - we still felt we conceded a couple of soft scores, and we felt we made too many errors in the opposition 22, but there are positives to take.
"Leinster's depth is an example of what we want to be building here, to be able to bring some of the younger boys through and increase our depth when our international players are away.
"There'll be some lessons to learn along the way, but ultimately the fact that we've got these young Scottish-qualified players coming through and developing with us can only be a good thing in the long run."