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September 17, 2011

Leinster 19 - 23 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Royal Dublin Society on Saturday September 17th 2011 | 5 comments

Peter Horne went over for the try that clinched the game for Glasgow
Peter Horne came off the bench to score a crucial second-half try as Glasgow Warriors won away to Leinster for the first time.

Leinster's 28-match winning streak in regular-season games at the RDS was brought to an end in the RaboDirect Pro12 clash with lock Nick Campbell, who touched down for a first-half try, and place-kickers Scott Wight and Duncan Weir completing Glasgow's scoring.

Isa Nacewa's penalty gave Leinster a 3-0 lead inside three minutes but despite out-half Ian Madigan and Nacewa showing glimpses of their attacking prowess, they faltered in the final third.

Glasgow had an opportunity to level the scores after 12 minutes but Wight's penalty from halfway cannoned back off the right post.

Leinster responded with another period of sustained pressure, yet a second Nacewa penalty was all they could show for being camped inside the Glasgow half for a 10-minute spell.

Wight made up for his earlier miss when he split the posts with a penalty from the right. Leinster were then left to rue their missed chances on the half hour when Campbell dived over after Leinster failed to clear their lines. Wight converted to give the Warriors a 10-6 advantage.

Leinster's stuttering attack finally crossed the whitewash approaching half-time. David Kearney broke into the Glasgow 22 and linked with Dominic Ryan who offloaded for Madigan to score by the posts. Nacewa added the conversion to give the home side a 13-10 lead at the break.

Glasgow's replacement out-half Weir and Nacewa exchanged penalties in the opening five minutes after the restart before play was held up for what looked like a serious injury to flanker Ryan.

Nacewa and Weir again traded penalties, following the sin-binning of Glasgow captain Rob Harley.

At 19-16, Leinster seemed to be in control but again they failed to convert their pressure into points. It came back to haunt them when, after great work by Stuart Hogg, Horne skated through the home defence for a 66th-minute try which Weir added the extras to.

Leinster recycled the ball well from a lineout after Madigan found touch but were thwarted by a resolute defence on a number of occasions as the Warriors held on for a fine victory.

Glasgow's opening try scorer Nick Campbell said: "Leinster are one of the top teams in Europe and they're the Heineken Cup champions and I don't think they've been beaten here for two years before now."

"But I think in the last 20 minutes the defence from us was exceptional.

"They put a lot of pressure on us and we didn't buckle. What we've been doing in the last few weeks has really come to fruition.

"We really came back in the second half and upped our game. We really put our game onto them and compounded it at the end.

"Everything you dream of as a child is to come to a place like this in front of 11,000. And winning really is the stuff dreams are made of.

"There is no real greater challenge in Europe bar a few places to come and win so it proves we can step up and deliver."

Referee A McMenemy(SRU)
Attendance 11,673
Ryan Grant
Finlay Gillies
Ed Kalman
Tom Ryder
Nick Campbell
Robert Harley
Chris Fusaro
Rory Pitman
Henry Pyrgos
Scott Wight
Colin Shaw
Troy Nathan
Rob Dewey
Federico Aramburu
Stuart Hogg
Pat MacArthur
Gordon Reid
Michael Cusack
James Eddie
Duncan Weir
Ryan Wilson
Colin Gregor
Peter Horne
Match Substitutions
Off On
Finlay Gillies Pat MacArthur
Off On
Ed Kalman Michael Cusack
Off On
Scott Wight Duncan Weir
Off On
Rory Pitman Ryan Wilson
Off On
Rob Dewey Peter Horne
Off On
Nick Campbell James Eddie
Off On
Henry Pyrgos Colin Gregor
Scott Wight Penalty
Nick Campbell Try 
Scott Wight Conversion
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Peter Horne Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
Posted by Alan on September 18, 2011 12:44 AM | Reply to this comment

When you get home or when you get sober, Gordon? Great result!!

Posted by coruisk on September 18, 2011 02:44 PM | Reply to this comment

Great result and just reward for the players' efforts this season.

Posted by gnasher on September 18, 2011 07:02 PM | Reply to this comment

Excellent result - no mean feat to win at RDS.

Posted by mediumsizedal on September 19, 2011 11:51 AM | Reply to this comment

Yes - really good win. Anyone know if there are highlights anywhere??

Posted by disco on September 19, 2011 10:38 PM | Reply to this comment

Stv rugby showed highlights last night so head to stv player

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