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September 10, 2005

Leinster 26 - 21 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Donnybrook on Saturday September 10th 2005 | 2 comments

Craig Hamilton scored the Warriors' first try
For the second time in a row, Glasgow have lost a game that they really should have won.

Leinster's first outing at Donnybrook for six months ended in a nervy 26-21 Celtic League win as stand-in skipper Felipe Contepomi rescued his side with his right boot.

The Argentinian international kicked four penalties and converted Leinster's two tries from Rob Kearney and Kieran Lewis early in the second half to hold on for a scrappy first win of the season.

Four times David Cheika's home side coughed up restarts, allowing the Scots to recover and reel them back in.

A classier effort from the Warriors could have seen them bag a surprise victory but the momentum of a Rory Lamont try on the hour was never built on.

Dan Parks, taking over captaincy duties from the injured Jon Petrie, controlled matters in the first half as Hugh Campbell's men led 13-9 at the break.

Scotland lock Craig Hamilton lurched his 6ft 8ins frame over and under the Leinster posts in the ninth minute after a quick turnover, allowing Parks to convert and tally up a 7-0 lead.

Ireland Under-19 captain Kearney missed a 30-metre penalty for a quick reply but with Leinster enduring the same lineout problems which dogged them in Swansea on Sunday, Contepomi steadied the Irishmen with a 22nd-minute penalty.

Contepomi sandwiched a 34th-minute penalty from Parks with two of his own, but the 27-year-old fly-half Parks managed to extend Glasgow's lead to four points in injury-time with a neatly struck drop goal.

With ball in hand, Leinster always looked the more potent and two tries inside the first quarter-hour of the second half pushed them 23-13 in front.

Contepomi and Lewis combined to set teenager Kearney free on 44 minutes and he gathered his own kick ahead, with Glasgow full-back Colin Shaw dithering, to score.

Contepomi converted and added the extras to Ireland centre Lewis' effort - a well-taken sprint round to the posts after Guy Easterby had stolen possession.

The visitors never gave up hope and Leinster's failure to shut out the game led to replacement scrum-half Graeme Beveridge setting up Lamont's try.

His long cut-out pass freed hooker Scott Lawson into the Leinster 22 and Lamont galloped up on his shoulder to score.

Parks converted and swapped a further penalty with Contepomi but Cheika's side held on.

Referee Phil Fear (Wales)
Man of the Match Our pitch-side correspondents report that Andy Wilson stood out, and similarly, so did Scott Lawson, while Craig Hamilton showed he is used to playing at a higher standard of rugby
Euan Murray
Scott Lawson
Lee Harrison
Tim Barker
Craig Hamilton
Steve Swindall
Andy Wilson
Paul Dearlove
Sam Pinder
Dan Parks
Mike Roberts
Scott Barrow
Andy Craig
Rory Lamont
Colin Shaw
Fergus Thomson
Stuart Corsar
Dan Turner
John Barclay
Graeme Beveridge
Calvin Howarth
Graeme Morrison
Match Substitutions
Off On
Sam Pinder Graeme Beveridge
Off On
Tim Barker Dan Turner
Off On
Colin Shaw Graeme Morrison
Off On
Scott Lawson Fergus Thomson
Off On
Andy Wilson John Barclay
10 minsCraig Hamilton Try 
10 minsDan Parks Conversion
34 minsDan Parks Penalty
40 minsDan Parks Drop
61 minsRory Lamont Try 
66 minsDan Parks Penalty
Posted by Big Blue on September 11, 2005 06:15 PM | Reply to this comment

A pretty accurate summing-up of the match. For the second week running, we took only a bonus point from a match we should have won.

Posted by FJ! on September 11, 2005 09:31 PM | Reply to this comment

Yes we definitely should have come away with more than a bonus point. Excellent first half from Glasgow. Quick rucking and putting width on the ball, but missing the leadership and encouragement JP gives on the field.

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