|Glasgow Warriors (24) 43
|Tries: McKay, Cancelliere, Jones, Fraser, G Horne, Matthews, Penalty Cons: Jordan (2), G Horne
|Leinster (13) 25
|Tries: Boyle, Barron, O'Brien Cons: Byrne (2) Pens: Byrne (2)
Glasgow Warriors began their URC marketing campaign with a vastly spectacular seven-try win over Leinster at Scotstoun.
Josh McKay, Sebastian Cancelliere, Huw Jones and Angus Fraser all crossed for Warriors within the first half, with two Harry Byrne penalties and a Jack Boyle strive maintaining Leinster in contact.
The Irish aspect improved after the break and closed the hole to simply 4 factors as Lee Barron and Tommy O'Brien crossed both aspect of George Horne's strive.
Nonetheless, Johnny Matthews powered over to present Glasgow respiration house earlier than a late penalty strive put the icing on the cake.
On condition that Glasgow had seven World Cup gamers again within the bosom of their squad and Leinster did not have any of theirs, the house aspect had been all the time closely fancied to win this.
Leinster travelled with a mix of gnarled outdated execs and a battalion of severely promising kids. They put it as much as their hosts all day lengthy in what changed into a see-sawing, try-laden thriller.
For a marketing campaign opener, it was a terrific contest that Glasgow deserved to win however needed to work ferociously laborious to realize. They solely put it to mattress with 5 minutes left when substitute Matthews piled over.
The hooker has been dwelling the dream this previous whereas. Married in the summertime, a World Cup call-up simply after, a Scotland debut and a primary worldwide try to now in his first sport again a essential rating in a Glasgow profession filled with tries.
The Warriors obtained their present on the street within the thirteenth minute with lineout ball off the highest and a Rory Darge blast by way of the deal with of Charlie Ngatai. The flanker hit the deck however was again up in a flash to run away and feed McKay. Jordan's conversion obtained Glasgow off to a flier.
It went a contact pear-shaped for a short spell after that. Byrne banged over two penalties and even after extra terrific work in open nation from their back-row – Gregor Brown, this time – arrange a strive for Cancelliere down the proper wing, Leinster struck again and took the lead.
That they had valuable little ball at that time however what they'd, they made probably the most of. A sustained battering on the Glasgow door noticed the younger and extremely regarded prop Boyle going over. With the extras from Byrne, the guests had a lead that was considerably bamboozling given the move of the sport.
It did not final lengthy. Simply after the half hour, from an advancing scrum, Glasgow seemed to have misplaced management when the ball went unfastened. Stafford McDowall hacked it downfield, Jones was probably the most alert man in Scotstoun and he took management and galloped away to attain. Glasgow led by six.
The margin elevated when Glasgow executed one of many close-range lineouts that they failed with earlier. A giant rumble was an excessive amount of for Leinster, Fraser changing into the most recent Glasgow hooker to profit from the excellence of their maul.
It was an 11-point sport and it stayed that approach regardless of waves of Leinster strain on the finish of the half. 3 times they had been awarded penalties and 3 times they tapped and drove. Glasgow's defence repelled them. Darge introduced an finish to it with an necessary turnover.
Glasgow had the lead and the bonus level, however they could not fairly shake off Leinster. Having been denied on the finish of the primary half they made one stick firstly of the second. Extra strain within the Glasgow 22, a maul seemingly going nowhere however then Barron, the substitute hooker, noticed the house in entrance of him and made probably the most of it. Byrne's conversion made it a four-point sport.
The guests grew in confidence, particularly once they arrived again within the Glasgow 22 and requested the sort of query that noticed Cancelliere binned after a deliberate knock-on. Instantly, issues did not appear so intelligent for the Warriors. Boyle obtained over the road however was held up. It was all getting fairly sweaty.
Glasgow's capability to create one thing from nothing stretched the lead out once more. In the end, that improvisation was the profitable of the match. At first it was all about Jones brilliantly gathering a chip forward after which it was about Greg Peterson who was in assist to take the cross and offload to Horne, who sped away to the nook.
On his one centesimal look, Horne had simply come on as an alternative. The proper influence man to have when issues are going just a little awry and also you're down in numbers. He missed the conversion however Glasgow had a nine-point buffer.
Leinster would not go away. They dominated the ultimate quarter, most of it enjoying out within the Glasgow 22 and a piece of it occurring in a frenzied phases on their very own line.
Liam Turner was nearly put in contact by McDowall, the officers taking an eternity to make a particularly tight name. An increasing number of Leinster warmth adopted. Glasgow's defence saved them out as soon as and twice, however not 3 times.
Leinster went huge and with seven minutes left, they labored a tremendous strive for O'Brien on the proper wing. Again we went to a four-point sport, however Glasgow snuffed the guests out from there with a tumultuous end.
Matthews sealed it for Glasgow late on and a penalty strive a minute from time – whereas Leinster had been all the way down to 14 after Jordan Larmour's yellow – made it an 18-point victory.
What they mentioned
Glasgow head coach Franco Smith: “It was a basic start-of-the-season sport,” he mentioned on Viaplay. “We made numerous errors, however in case you do not strive you will not get higher. Excited to begin the season with a win, and I am happy with the defensive resilience.
“Very excited to see [youngsters] taking their alternative. They stepped up tonight and discovered a few classes.
“[George Horne] is a particular man, he works actually laborious, he is obtained an awesome affect on the crew and he is a incredible man. His strive was one thing to recollect.”
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen: “It is first sport of the season so we all know each groups are most likely going to be off in some areas,” he mentioned on Viaplay.
“Glasgow had been fairly medical. We had numerous probabilities, so it is just a little bit deflating. We obtained it again to 24-20 however could not fairly recover from for one more rating at that stage.
“We gave away a number of tries on the finish which take the sport away from us.”
Glasgow: McKay, Cancelliere, Jones, McDowall, Steyn (capt), Jordan, Dobie; Kebble, Fraser, Z Fagerson, Peterson, Cummings, Brown, Darge, Venter.
Replacements: Matthews, McBeth, Sordoni, Samuel, Miller, Gordon, Horne, Weir.
Leinster: Frawley, O'Brien, Turner, Ngatai, Larmour, Byrne, McGrath; Boyle, McKee, Clarkson, Molony, Jenkins, Deegan, Penny (capt), Culhane.
Replacements: Barron, P McCarthy, McGuire, Deeny, Ruddock, Foley, Prendergast, Connors.