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October 12, 2007

Glasgow Warriors 21 - 17 Leinster

Celtic League match played at Firhill on Friday October 12th 2007 | 9 comments

Scott came on at stand-off to seal the win
Glasgow Warriors beat Leinster with the final touch of the ball, as replacement Scott Barrow's cross kick was grounded by full-back, Bernardo Stortoni.

The Warriors’ second win from two games at their new home, Firhill Arena, means that they leap-frog city-rivals, Edinburgh, in the Magners League table to re-establish their status as Scotland’s top pro-team.

The opening 30 minutes saw both sides tussle in centre-field with the visitors slotting two penalties before Glasgow’s Colin Gregor put his first penalty on the board.

Glasgow then threatened to cross the try-line as Bernardo Stortoni, Daryl Gibson and Johnnie Beattie linked up to put Moray Low within a hairs-breadth of the line, but the impact knocked the ball from his grasp.

Colin’s opportunity to level the scores before the break was sliced wide.

Seven minutes into the second half, Moray again pounced towards the line, this time successfully to put the Warriors in front for the first time in the game. Colin Gregor missed the conversion.

Six minutes later, Sexton slotted another penalty to take the lead.

Just before the hour mark, another Sexton penalty and a further drop goal cost the Warriors the lead and Leinster worked-up a six point advantage with help from a Cian Healy try in the corner.

As the Warriors gradually brought on their entire list of substitutes, Glasgow took the game by the scruff of the neck.

Hefin O’Hare received a nicely-weighted pass from Stortoni to bring the deficit to a single point.

The final word went to Glasgow as Scott Barrow and Bernardo linked up to clinch the victory.

A cross-field kick from Barrow bounced inside the try-area and Stortoni calmy collected and touched down for the win.

Referee Hugh Watkins (WRU)
Attendance 1580
Man of the Match Bernardo Stortoni
Ed Kalman
Eric Milligan
Moray Low
Andy Newman
Alastair Kellock
Steve Swindall
John Barclay
John Beattie
Sam Pinder
Colin Gregor
Thom Evans
Daryl Gibson
Graeme Morrison
Max Evans
Bernardo Stortoni
Fergus Thomson
Michael Collins
Dan Turner
James Eddie
Chris O'Young
Scott Barrow
Hefin O'Hare
Match Substitutions
Off On
Eric Milligan Fergus Thomson
Off On
Sam Pinder Chris O'Young
Off On
Ed Kalman Michael Collins
Off On
Andy Newman Dan Turner
Off On
Colin Gregor Scott Barrow
Off On
Max Evans Hefin O'Hare
Off On
Steve Swindall James Eddie
Colin Gregor Drop
Moray Low Try 
Colin Gregor Penalty
Hefin O'Hare Try 
Bernardo Stortoni Try 
Posted by FJ! on October 12, 2007 11:58 PM | Reply to this comment

That was a dreadful game until the last 15 minutes when the subs came on and injected some pace and pressure. Leinster were just as bad as us.

Posted by mediumsizedal on October 13, 2007 12:02 AM | Reply to this comment

Another shocker from the ref, but at least we won. Glasgow were poor first half-too many errors & penalties. Came onto a game second period and deserved the win, if only for outscoring Leinster by 3 tries to 1. Stortoni looks a great find at full back-the guy is irrepressible. Sorry to see Gregor struggle again-he has had good games for Glasgow last season but for some reason has struggled this session-he has missed more kicks this term than ever before. We also need a ball carrier at number 8, I'm afraid Beattie just ain't got it at the moment. Thought the subs made a great impact-Thomson made a difference to the stability of the scrum & O'Hare scored,as he often does (the Evans brothers are good,but they don't score enough tries-Hefin scores just about every game). I have always rated Barrow-he has an excellent rugby brain & he injected some pace and directness when he came on for Gregor. Barclay made an enormous difference to Glasgow from last week & GIbson put in a good shift at centre. Not by any means a great performance, but the team spirit saw them through-many Glasgow teams in the past would not have won that game.

Posted by Alistair on October 13, 2007 12:28 AM | Reply to this comment

Thought Stortoni had a mixed game. Some nice running and brilliance under the high ball must be set beside weakness going into contact and almost messing up Hefin's try with a crazy decision to cut back inside when the simple pass would have been enough.

Another good game and I may be willing to concede we've got a good-un.

Posted by Gordon on October 13, 2007 12:39 AM | Reply to this comment

Don't agree at all - he looks very strong in contact. In fact, if he continues to perform as he is he'll prove to be the steal of the season.

Posted by hannah on October 13, 2007 12:08 PM | Reply to this comment

I had some friends at their first rugby game and they were impressed...but only for the last 15 minutes or so....I rate Gregor highly but he is not on form at the moment and we need to have Dan back. Thought the back three were was thom's first game after a injury so he made a decent enough comeback! Was good to see Fergus and John back and hopefully the rest will be back for the Munster game along with all the other guys from World Cup teams!

Posted by Stuart on October 15, 2007 11:56 AM | Reply to this comment

Heard some/alot of critisim going the way of Sam Pinder. Was just wondering, after all the hype surrounding the signing of O'Young, why he hasn't been given his chance

Posted by Stuart on October 15, 2007 11:57 AM | Reply to this comment

Heard some/alot of critisim going the way of Sam Pinder. Was just wondering, after all the hype surrounding the signing of O'Young, why he hasn't been given his chance

Posted by goose on October 15, 2007 03:44 PM | Reply to this comment

On Stortoni, the lad is a great ball carrier and has proven very compitent under pressure, especially with the high ball. However, I do think that recently a few scorign opprtrunities have gone begging as he's not much of a passer. He's great at the individual line breaks and making plays, but hasn't shown that he can include and put someone in space to make a play.
On Pinder. He's had a few errors of late and his service to the first reciever hasn't been the best. I say, give O Young a shot, get a real battle going on for the #9 jersey, and we'll see them both raise their games.
I think the midfield has also been very good on defence with G-Dog and Gibbo. It'd be good to see them linking up more when one or the other breaks the line, as they're both powerful in the broken play.

Posted by sunday5 on October 15, 2007 04:15 PM | Reply to this comment

Don't know about how much competition there can be at No.9, if O'Young proves to be an even half way competant Scrumhalf Pinder wont be in his class...

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