June 04, 2021
Glasgow Warriors 15 - 12 Leinster
Rainbow Cup match played at Scotstoun on Friday June 4th 2021 | No comments
It was an eventful last outing at Scotstoun for Adam Hastings Glasgow Warriors edged out Leinster in this evening's Rainbow Cup match at Scotstoun.
It was a hard-fought victory for Warriors in a niggly match that ended Leinster's Rainbow Cup hopes. Glasgow are still in the mix for a final spot would would require an unlikely sequence of results elsewhere.
Adam Hastings and Aki Seiuli led out the Warriors - both players were making their final Scotstoun appearance - and it soon became clear their teammates wanted to send them on their way with a win over the PRO14 Champions.
Warriors started well and landed the first blow of the evening after 12 minutes. Sam Johnson was held up short of the line but the visitors were increasingly having to resort to desperate measures to keep out the hosts.
Matt Fagerson eventually found the smallest of gaps to sneak through from close range and open the scoring.
Leinster had spent the opening quarter of an hour on the back foot but, having fallen behind, they showed just how dangerous they can be.
Some great attacking lines eventually unlocked the Glasgow defence with Luke McGrath darting through to score under the posts.
Hugo Keenan was denied a score after some patient work from the forwards was undone by Ross Molony's knock-on.
Glasgow's Cole Forbes was sin-binned for an off-the-ball tug on 27 minutes and Leinster made the most of the extra space with Cian Kelleher going over.
Leinster finished the half a man down after Rory O'Loughlin also saw yellow for another infringement in the red zone, while Keenan saw a score chalked off after Andrew Porter illegally blocked off Robert Harley.
Warriors made the most of that break on 48 minutes as Hastings' out-the-back-door offload put Kyle Steyn in to to level the scores.
Warriors skipper Ryan Wilson was next to take a 10-minute rest after being cautioned for a neck roll on Porter as things got heated again. It wasn't noticed the the officials at the time, but Leinster's Josh Murphy could be in trouble for clawing around the eye are of Adam Hastings in the ensuing melee.
However, Glasgow went ahead with 14 men as Thompson knocked over his first penalty of the match and ultimately a decisive one.
At least for now, Glasgow Warriors move top of the Rainbow Cup table, If this is Glasgow's last match in the competition, they end their campaign with four wins in a row and some real optimism as they prepare for next season.