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Glasgow Warriors (12) 15 - 12 (3) Leinster Rugby
Firhill, Glasgow
Friday, 24th October 2008, 19:30
Att: 2,523

The Heineken Cup took a back seat to Magners League duties as Leinster returned to Scotland for a match with Glasgow. Leinster knew that their league campaign had become unravelled in recent weeks with defeats to Connacht and Munster. A strong team was named with the only casualties from the previous week Brian O'Driscoll and Leo Cullen who were injured and van der Linde who was named on the bench. Bernard Jackman was rested with Fogarty in the lineup and Brian Blaney on the bench.

The weather at kick off was atrocious with wet and windy conditions prevailing. Those who arrived expecting a spectacle of exciting ball handling were to be disappointed with kicking the order of the day and plenty of handling errors in evidence.

Leinster gave away an early penalty which Dan Parks converted and Leinster's indiscipline was the story of the half. A further three penalties were coughed up to Glasgow with Parks in no mood to passing up such opportunities.

Contepomi had responded with a penalty of his own to make it 3-3 but that was the highlight of the half from a Leinster perspective. The closest either side came to a try was Glasgow's effort through Max Evans. The centre combined with Lome Fa'atau and crossed over, but the try was disallowed for a forward pass in the build up. Leinster went to the half time break trailing and a man shy with Jamie Heaslip having been binned for an infringement.

Shortly after the second half resumed, Leinster had cut the deficit to six with a Contepomi penalty. Another kick from the Argentine cut the gap to three with a good kick from near half way as Leinster looked to eke their way back into the match.

Having worked hard to get back within striking distance Leinster blew it through indiscipline and individual errors. A penalty to Glasgow pushed the score back out to six and although Contepomi got the score back to within three, in truth it was Glasgow who looked most likely to score again. With the eighty minute mark approaching, Leinster again produced a moment of indiscipline and gave away a penalty, and although Dan Parks missed the kick it had eaten the last remaining seconds and Leinster had to settle for the bonus point, in truth the very most they deserved.

Match Statistics
  Glasgow Warriors
  Leinster Rugby
PenaltiesParks (5) Contepomi (4)
Sin Bin  Heaslip
Teams Bernardo Stortoni 15 Girvan Dempsey
Lome Fa'atau 14 Shane Horgan
Max Evans
13 Luke Fitzgerald
Graeme Morrison 12 Felipe Contepomi
Thom Evans
11 Robert Kearney
Dan Parks
10 Jonathan Sexton
Mark McMillan 9 Chris Whitaker (C)
Kevin Tkachuk 1 Cian Healy
Dougie Hall 2 John Fogarty
Ed Kalman 3 Stan Wright
Dan Turner 4 Devin Toner
Alastair Kellock (C)
5 Malcolm O'Kelly
Kelly Brown 6 Rocky Elsom
John Barclay
7 Shane Jennings
Johnnie Beattie 8 Jamie Heaslip
Replacements Pat McArthur (for Milligan, 70)
16Brian Blaney (for Fogarty, 65)
Moray Low (for Kalman, 40)
17CJ van der Linde (for Healy, 50)
Tim Barker (for Kellock, 41)
18Trevor Hogan
Richie Vernon
19Stephen Keogh
Andrew Henderson (for Morrison, 62)
20Sean O'Brien (for Jennings, 50)
Colin Gregor
21Chris Keane
Hefin O'Hare (for Fa'atau, 74)
22Gary Brown
Not Considered
due to Injury

  Gordon D'Arcy (arm)
Isa Nacewa (arm)
Leo Cullen (Collar Bone)
Brian O'Driscoll (Knee)
Officials Rereree: Gwyn Morris (WRU)
Assistant Referees: Rob Dickson (SRU), David Anderson (SRU)
TMO: Ian Ramage (SRU)

by Sarah Lennon, © 2008-11-01