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September 03, 2010
Glasgow Warriors 22 - 19 Leinster
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Firhill on Friday September 3rd 2010 | 6 comments
DTH van der Merwe went over for Glasgow's try Sean Lineen's Glasgow young guns pulled off a dramatic Magners League victory over a powerful Leinster outfit, with growing confidence and a memorable climax resulting in a home win.
A feisty first half opened quietly enough with Fergus McFadden and Ruaridh Jackson exchanging penalties in the opening five minutes but jittery Glasgow hands let Dominic Ryan come very close after he had hacked to the home line.
Ryan was denied again a minute later when Jamie Heaslip put him through the hole, the pass adjudged forward but McFadden nudged the scoreboard forward with his second penalty.
Yet it was third time lucky for Ryan when Heaslip snaffled a Fergus Thomson overthrow and put the flanker galloping in from 40 metres.
McFadden missed the kick and Glasgow came close a minute later when Jackson's hoist had Luke Fitzgerald in trouble - but from the penalty five metres out Bernie Stortoni's quick tap was easily snuffed out.
With six minutes of the half to go, Glasgow again lost their own throw and the hack on led to an extraordinary spell of football ping-pong by the home side behind their own line - until Isaac Boss put them out of their misery, getting a hand on the ball for the softest of tries.
Glasgow piled in for the remaining five minutes but bursts by Richie Gray and Graeme Morrison were easily soaked up by the Leinster defence to take the visitors in 16-6 ahead.
Glasgow came out all guns blazing in the second half and Jackson pulled the margin back with a penalty - and the confidence started to grow as the half went on.
First, DTH van der Merwe crashed over in the corner and Duncan Weir, on for Jackson, slotted the equalising conversion.
Only desperate defence kept the rampaging Gray and Richie Vernon out but the pressure told, Glasgow went through the phases and set up Weir for the drop goal which took the home side ahead for the first time in the game.
Isa Nacewa got on the board with a penalty six minutes from time to level the scores but Glasgow were not to be denied and after Leinster offended at the lineout Weir made no mistake from 30 metres.
With the last kick of the game Nacewa's attempted drop drifted wide for Glasgow - but they opened their campaign with a notable win nevertheless.
Posted by john lees on September 4, 2010 08:51 AM | Reply to this comment
a great start to the league season with rookies like this in the squad we have nothing to fear
Posted by carlos on September 4, 2010 11:00 AM | Reply to this comment
Great result and encouraging to see the level of impact from the bench - Harley, Muldowney, Weir and Grant in particular.
Just watched the game again on BBC Alba. They did a very impressive job.
Posted by father dougal on September 4, 2010 12:12 PM | Reply to this comment
Posted by Andy B. on September 4, 2010 03:59 PM | Reply to this comment
The Warrior's perseverence,hard work & commitment paid off in the long run in a very pleasing game.
After being behind & chasing for most of the game,to finally take the lead in the 73rd & go on to take a well deserved 4 league points from the opening match at home does the entire squad great Credit.
Leinster showed their class with some terrific rugby which was great to watch,just the Warriors seemed to get better the longer the match played.
Dunky Weir is an awesome wee fly half!
Well done Glasgow.
Posted by incababy on September 6, 2010 04:59 PM | Reply to this comment
Great game - not good for the nerves though! Atmosphere really built as the match went on. If I'm absolutely honest, I thought Leinster were robbed, but was absolutely brilliant that the biys never let their heads go down - might not have been one for the purists, but that was a really gutsy display. If we can win when playing like that then it's got to be a good sign.
Re No10 - I though Jackson looked lively at first, but took some early big hits which seemed to knock him off a bit. Some great touch finders though just when we needed them - he seemed to have some heavy strapping on his leg - does that mean he's carrying another injury?? Hope not, although he did seem to go off a bit gingerly. Weir - great stuff although I think Lineen will play him from bench again this week.
Posted by andy b on September 8, 2010 04:33 PM | Reply to this comment
saw Duncan Weir play in the under 20's international v England when the Scots were basically trampled by big(ger) English guys so would totally agree with you Incababy.
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