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June 04, 2021

Glasgow Warriors 15 - 12 Leinster

Rainbow Cup match played at Scotstoun on Friday June 4th 2021 | No comments

It was an eventful last outing at Scotstoun for Adam Hastings
Glasgow Warriors edged out Leinster in this evening's Rainbow Cup match at Scotstoun.

It was a hard-fought victory for Warriors in a niggly match that ended Leinster's Rainbow Cup hopes. Glasgow are still in the mix for a final spot would would require an unlikely sequence of results elsewhere.

Adam Hastings and Aki Seiuli led out the Warriors - both players were making their final Scotstoun appearance - and it soon became clear their teammates wanted to send them on their way with a win over the PRO14 Champions.

Warriors started well and landed the first blow of the evening after 12 minutes. Sam Johnson was held up short of the line but the visitors were increasingly having to resort to desperate measures to keep out the hosts.

Matt Fagerson eventually found the smallest of gaps to sneak through from close range and open the scoring.

Leinster had spent the opening quarter of an hour on the back foot but, having fallen behind, they showed just how dangerous they can be.

Some great attacking lines eventually unlocked the Glasgow defence with Luke McGrath darting through to score under the posts.

Hugo Keenan was denied a score after some patient work from the forwards was undone by Ross Molony's knock-on.

Glasgow's Cole Forbes was sin-binned for an off-the-ball tug on 27 minutes and Leinster made the most of the extra space with Cian Kelleher going over.

Leinster finished the half a man down after Rory O'Loughlin also saw yellow for another infringement in the red zone, while Keenan saw a score chalked off after Andrew Porter illegally blocked off Robert Harley.

Warriors made the most of that break on 48 minutes as Hastings' out-the-back-door offload put Kyle Steyn in to to level the scores.

Warriors skipper Ryan Wilson was next to take a 10-minute rest after being cautioned for a neck roll on Porter as things got heated again. It wasn't noticed the the officials at the time, but Leinster's Josh Murphy could be in trouble for clawing around the eye are of Adam Hastings in the ensuing melee.

However, Glasgow went ahead with 14 men as Thompson knocked over his first penalty of the match and ultimately a decisive one.

At least for now, Glasgow Warriors move top of the Rainbow Cup table, If this is Glasgow's last match in the competition, they end their campaign with four wins in a row and some real optimism as they prepare for next season.

Referee Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Attendance 0
Man of the Match Ryan Wilson
Aki Seiuli
Fraser Brown
Enrique Pieretto
Robert Harley
Scott Cummings
Ryan Wilson
Rory Darge
Matt Fagerson
George Horne
Ross Thompson
Cole Forbes
Sam Johnson
Nick Grigg
Kyle Steyn
Adam Hastings
George Turner
Tom Lambert
D'arcy Rae
Kiran McDonald
Tom Gordon
Sean Kennedy
Stafford McDowall
Nikola Matawalu
Match Substitutions
Off On
Sam Johnson Stafford McDowall
Off On
Fraser Brown George Turner
Off On
Enrique Pieretto D'arcy Rae
Off On
Cole Forbes Nikola Matawalu
Off On
Aki Seiuli Tom Lambert
Off On
Robert Harley Kiran McDonald
Off On
Matt Fagerson Tom Gordon
Matt Fagerson Try 
Ross Thompson Conversion
Kyle Steyn Try 
Ross Thompson Penalty