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November 26, 2004

Leinster 22 - 16 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Donnybrook (Dublin) on Friday November 26th 2004 | 3 comments

Calvin's late penalty secured a bonus point for Glasgow
Leinster held off a strong Glasgow challenge to win Friday's Celtic League encounter at Donnybrook.

David Holwell's early try helped Leinster to a 15-3 interval lead with Shane Jennings also having notched a first half touchdown for the home team.

Glasgow fought back to cut Leinster's lead to 15-13 helped by Colin Shaw's try and a Calvin Howarth penalty.

However, Ben Gissing's try extended Leinster's lead although Howarth's late penalty ensured a Glasgow bonus point.

Fly-half Holwell's fourth minute touchdown was his first Leinster try since joining the province from Wellington.

A neat inside pass from his half-back partner Brian O'Meara enabled the Kiwi to score in the right corner, past the challenges of Shaw and winger Rory Kerr.

Holwell's conversion and 27th-minute penalty - after Glasgow had infringed at a ruck - gave the hosts a 12-point lead at the break.

Glasgow had conceded a second try to Leinster flanker Shane Jennings just before the quarter-hour although Holwell missed the conversion.

Three minutes later Howarth punished a home offside with Glasgow's first points.

With substitute scrum-half Sam Pinder on the field for Graeme Beveridge, the visitors improved in the second half.

After Holwell had missed a 40-metre effort to extend Leinster's lead, Howarth narrowed the gap with his second penalty on 55 minutes.

Glasgow's try came in the 72nd minute with Shaw dancing clear after initial breaks by Cammy Mather and captain Kenny Logan, for Howarth to convert to reduce Leinster's lead to 15-13 deficit.

But Glasgow's good work was undone when Gissing was mauled over six minutes later to hand Leinster their 11th straight success at their Dublin home.

Howarth's late penalty did ensure a Glasgow bonus point.

Match report taken from the BBC site.

Referee Neil Ballard(Wales)
Attendance 4,370
Man of the Match TBC
Kevin Tkachuk
Scott Lawson
Andy Kelly
Andy Hall
Dan Turner
Cammy Mather
Andy Wilson
John Beattie
Graeme Beveridge
Calvin Howarth
Kenny Logan
Gareth Maclure
Andy Craig
Rory Kerr
Colin Shaw
Fergus Thomson
Eric Milligan
Joe Beardshaw
Steve Swindall
Sam Pinder
Colin Gregor
Dave Millard
Match Substitutions
Off On
Graeme Beveridge Sam Pinder
Off On
Gareth Maclure Dave Millard
Off On
Andy Wilson Steve Swindall
Off On
Scott Lawson Fergus Thomson
Off On
Sam Pinder Colin Gregor
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Colin Shaw Try 
Calvin Howarth Conversion
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Posted by vicki on November 27, 2004 12:17 AM | Reply to this comment

Was a bit disappointed with the result, but then realised that the difference between this season and last is the team's ability to take bonus points away from the games they lose. Our five bonus points, in effect, add up to an extra win!

As long as the team focus on keeping the points coming, then progress is being made.

Posted by Rugby Girl on November 27, 2004 12:24 AM | Reply to this comment

Is it Vicki? Surely we should be aiming to win AND gain points at the same time, not just get points for the sake of it!

Posted by vicki on November 27, 2004 12:42 AM | Reply to this comment

Of course, we want to win games!

However, last season, if we had been losing, I doubt whether the team would have been able to fight back to take anything from these games. This season we have 5 bonus points. Lets hope that next season, or better yet, next year, we get the full 4 points from these games (as well as the 4-try bonus point!)

It's about learning how this league works! If we hadn't bothered with points "for the sake of it", we'd be a position further down the standings. These bonus points could make the difference between us competing in the Celtic Cup or twiddling our thumbs for the last few weeks of the season.

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