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Glasgow Warriors (13) 26 - 20 (10) Leinster
Hughenden, Glasgow
Att: 2,121
Referee: Tim Hayes (WRU)
Friday, 6th April 2007, 19:30

Leinster travelled to Scotland for the third time this season in the Magners League looking to banish their poor away form. Leinster were favourites, having not lost to Glasgow in five years, and were looking to consolidate their lead at the summit of the league.

Glasgow made all the early running and were awarded a penalty early on. Dan Parks couldn't capitalise and he sent his effort wide. Glasgow weren't to be denied for long as Thom Evans created the space and Parks put in Hefin O'Hare to cross the Leinster whitewash. Parks was again inaccurate with the boot and Glasgow led 5-0.

Leinster replied on the quarter hour with Contepomi kicking a penalty, but what followed was a true catalogue of errors. Shane Horgan kept a ball alive on the right wing, only for it to be intercepted by Glasgow. Parks sent a grubber kick through that Leinster couldn't deal with and Lamont had the easiest of tasks to touch down. Parks again failed to add the extras.

The Leinster team were in total disarray and facing an uphill battle. It was despite themselves that they struck back to go in at half time trailing by only 3 points. Jamie Heaslip did some good work, albeit unchallenged to send in D'Arcy under the posts. Contepomi duly converted the extra two points.

The second half began in fine style for Leinster as they looked to impose themselves on Glasgow. D'Arcy scored his second try of the match, shrugging off some weak Glasgow tackling to touch down. Contepomi converted, to give Leinster a 4 point lead - the first time they had the lead in the match.

Having gotten their noses in front, Leinster would have looked to press their advantage home. Instead they allowed Parks to chip away with two penalties while Contepomi continued his recent form in front of the sticks, missing two second half penalties of his own.

The turning point of the match came when Thom Evans hacked the ball upfield after Leinster had spilled it. The covering Shane Horgan couldn't deal with the bouncing ball, and Evans gathered his own kick to race the rest of the way for a try. Parks managed to convert this time and Leinster were in deep trouble.

Contepomi converted a penalty late on to bring the Irish province within seven points, but despite a raft of substitutions, the fresh legs couldn't find a way through. Leinster would have to settle for a losing bonus point. With three crucial games to come in Wales, Leinster will have to banish their away day woes. And fast.

leinsterfans.com Man of the Match: Jamie Heaslip

Match Stats
  Glasgow Warriors Leinster Rugby
Tries O'Hare,
D'Arcy (2)
Conversions Parks (1) Contepomi (2)
Penalties Parks (3) Contepomi (2)
Teams 15: Rory Lamont,
14: Hefin O'Hare,
13: Graeme Morrison,
12: Scott Barrow,
11: Thom Evans,
10: Dan Parks,
9: Graeme Beveridge,

1: Justin Va'a,
2: Fergus Thomson,
3: Euan Murray,
4: Andy Newman,
5: Alastair Kellock(C),
6: Steve Swindall,
7: John Barclay,
8: John Beattie
15: Girvan Dempsey,
14: Shane Horgan,
13: Gordon D'Arcy,
12 Christian Warner,
11: Denis Hickie,
10: Felipe Contepomi (C),
9: Chris Whitaker,

1: Stanley Wright,
2: Brian Blaney,
3: Will Green,
4: Trevor Hogan,
5: Malcolm O'Kelly,
6: Cameron Jowitt,
7: Keith Gleeson,
8: Jamie Heaslip
Replacements Tckachuk for Va'a (58),
Lawson for Thomson (47),
Wilson for Swindall (79),
MacFadyen for Beattie (33)
Kearney for Dempsey (77),
Fitzgerald for Hickie (70),
Corrigan for Green (55),
Finegan for O'Kelly (50),
McLaughlin for Jowitt (70)
Wright (55)

by Sarah Lennon, © 2007-04-16