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Tries
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Kearney8′
Russell11′
Russell24′
Milne55′
Russell72′
McKee78′
49′Cancelliere
5
Conversions
0
Byrne9′
Byrne12′
Byrne25′
Byrne56′
Byrne79′
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Penalties
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Drop Goals
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80'

Full Time

One final attack from both sides, before a final kick ahead drifts into touch and that will do it.

It’s Leinster’s victory in Dublin.

79'

Scrum Leinster

Glasgow again go in search of a breakthrough, but a forward pass hands Leinster possession in the form of a scrum.

Clock ticks into the red.

78'

Try Leinster

Leinster get their sixth – chasing the game, a mistake from Jordan hands Leinster possession, and McKee goes over for the try after reaching a bouncing ball first.

The conversion is successful for a 40-5 lead.

77'

Glasgow ball

Leinster go for the cross-kick, but Cancelliere reads it well and covers.

Dempsey then thunders into contact before Dobie kicks downfield.

75'

Glasgow ball

Dobie has a break through the middle and up to the 22, with support from Dempsey.

Vailanu looks to free Ferrie, but the ball goes into touch.

74'

Glasgow ball

Glasgow in possession once more, with a scrum on halfway.

Euan Ferrie is on in place of Ross Thompson, who has had to go off due to injury.

72'

Try Leinster

Leinster find a way through for their fifth try, and it’s Russell again.

Deegan pinches the ball and Baird has a carry, before the ball is switched back against the grain to send Russell over.

Harry Byrne has taken over kicking duties, but can’t add the extras.

71'

Leinster ball

Deegan has a carry in midfield, before Harry Byrne sticks a grubber in behind.

Steyn watches it all the way into touch, so Glasgow have a lineout on their own 22.

69'

Penalty Leinster

The referee awards Leinster a penalty at scrum time. For what, only the front-rows and officials know.

Byrne finds touch on halfway, in any case.

68'

Scrum Leinster

That’s unlucky.

Steyn almost breaks the line, but Dobie accidentally runs into his own man and is called for accidental offside.

Scrum to Leinster.

67'

Glasgow ball

Great work out wide from Cancelliere, who wins the turnover.

Thompson spots the space and pins Osborne, who has to clear to touch.

Glasgow lineout, 25m out.

66'

Glasgow replacements

Jamie Dobie and Lewis Bean come on, replacing George Horne and Gregor Brown.

65'

Leinster ball

Good defence from Leinster, as the hosts identify the turnover and win possession on their own 22.

Cormac Foley then has the ball slapped down and it’s a penalty to the home side.

Byrne goes to touch just inside the Glasgow half.

64'

Glasgow ball

Steyn almost gets away on the outside, before du Preez makes an incredible take as he slides into the tackle.

Jordan then has a dart, as Berghan follows him into contact.

62'

Scrum Glasgow

Leinster are awarded the penalty from the scrum and have a lineout 30m from their own line.

Manjezi spoils the lineout ball, forcing the hosts to scramble.

A big hit from JP du Preez – on for Samuel – then forces the error from the men in blue, giving the Warriors possession.

63'

Scrum Leinster

Thompson goes to the corner, but the lineout is squint.

Leinster scrum on their own 5m line.

61'

Penalty Glasgow

Leinster infringe again at the maul and there’s an official warning from the referee.

Horne is down receiving some treatment after taking a clatter in midfield, so the clock is stopped.

60'

Glasgow ball

Matthews to Manjezi and the maul is formed…

59'

Glasgow ball

Matthews finds Samuel at the tail, and there’s an advantage here.

None is coming, as Leinster are pinged for collapsing the maul.

Thompson finds touch on the Leinster 22.

58'

Penalty Glasgow

Thompson is clattered by Jason Jenkins, but Leinster then don’t roll away at the ruck and Glasgow are awarded the penalty.

Thompson gets up and finds touch on halfway.

56'

Glasgow ball

A good shuffle from McDowall almost frees Cancelliere again, before Thompson kicks into the 22.

Osborne finds touch in response though, giving Glasgow the lineout on halfway.

56'

Glasgow replacements

Franco Smith rings the changes – Jamie Bhatti, Johnny Matthews, Simon Berghan and Ross Thompson all enter the fray, replacing Oli Kebble, Fraser Brown, Murphy Walker and Rufus McLean respectively.

54'

Try Leinster

Leinster eventually batter their way over for their fourth try – a tap penalty is defended well initially, but the second phase sees Michael Milne force his way over the line for the score.

Byrne converts for a 28-5 lead.

54'

Leinster ball

McGrath has a snipe but Gregor Brown shuts the door.

Ryan Baird is off the bench and carries, but Glasgow hold firm.

Walker and Samuel shut down Abdaladze, but there’s a penalty awarded for offside.

52'

Penalty Leinster

Manjezi is penalised for a side-entry, and Byrne will put the ball into touch inside the Glasgow 22.

51'

Leinster ball

Cancelliere almost clear again!

A big clearance from Horne and great pressure from Jordan forces a mis-kick, and Cancelliere races through.

Deegan desperately grabs the winger and the ball is knocked on.

49'

Conversion missed

Horne can’t quite pull the kick around enough, so it stays at 21-5.

48'

Try Glasgow

This time it’ll count!

Superb play in the 22 – Samuel again prominent in the carry, before Dempsey and Vailanu hammer at the whitewash.

Horne identifies the space and lifts it over the top for Steyn, who sends Cancelliere over for the score!

47'

Glasgow ball

Glasgow in the mood!

Steyn breaks the line on one side, before Gregor Brown and McLean come into the 22 on the other.

The Warriors banging on the door here!

46'

Leinster ball

Leinster on their own 22, and Harry Byrne – on for Ngatai – comes away.

McGrath clears, but McLean takes it well on the full.

45'

Penalty Leinster

Glasgow are not best pleased with that.

The officials deem Glasgow are pre-bound at the maul, and award Leinster the penalty.

No try.

44'

TMO Check

Is this a try?

Gregor Brown is over, but the officials want to check pre-binding at the maul.

43'

Glasgow ball

A set move doesn’t quite come off, and Leinster regather.

Steyn drags down his man on the Leinster 10m line, before a knock on allows Glasgow to come away with it.

Murphy Walker on the break!

42'

Penalty Glasgow

McDowall turns the defence and forces Kearney to scramble, before Leinster are penalised for an offence at the breakdown on halfway.

Alex Samuel gets some treatment but he’s all good to carry on, as Jordan dispatches the kick into touch on the Leinster 22.

40'

Turnover

Solid exit from Horne and Jordan, so Leinster come back over halfway.

Max Deegan carries well, but Vailanu gets over the ball and pinches it for the Warriors!

40'

Kick-off

Right then – off we go once more, as Gregor Brown fields the restart.

16:07

Half Time

A tough opening stanza for the Warriors, as a fast-starting Leinster race into a 21-0 lead.

The Warriors have shown good intent, however, with just the final ball on occasion preventing them from crossing the whitewash.

More to come!

40

Half Time

A goal-line drop-out sees Byrne grubber the ball off the pitch as the clock ticks into the red, and that’ll do it for the opening 40 minutes.

39'

Glasgow ball

Quickly taken and Glasgow catch Leinster on the run.

Vailanu gives the inside ball to Samuel and the big second-rower is almost clear!

38'

Glasgow ball

Harem-scarem from the Warriors as Leinster fly up, but McKay and Steyn are almost through.

Advantage, as Horne whips it wide.

No advantage coming, so we come back for the penalty.

Jordan finds touch inside the Leinster 22.

37'

Penalty Glasgow

Another scrum penalty for the Warriors, and Jordan goes for touch.

It’s a bit of a slice, but Glasgow lineout 35m out.

Brown finds Manjezi and on comes the maul.

36'

Scrum Glasgow

Great defence from the Warriors – an overthrow from Kelleher presents an opportunity for Glasgow to hold up Scott Penny, and it’s one they duly take.

Turnover, scrum to the Warriors just inside their own half.

34'

Penalty Leinster

This time it’s the hosts who get the shove on, and the penalty is awarded by the referee.

Byrne takes play up to halfway.

34'

Scrum Leinster

Big carrying from the pack, as Vailanu and Samuel barrel into contact.

Jordan and McKay then look to fling it wide to Cancelliere, but the pass is just outside of the winger’s reach and it’s a knock-on.

Scrum to Leinster just inside their own 22.

33'

Glasgow ball

Brown finds Samuel again and this time the drive comes on.

Horne then whips it to Steyn, before Jordan breaks the line and into the 22.

32'

Glasgow ball

Penalty advantage, and Horne frees Sebastian Cancelliere.

Leinster scramble but we come back for the penalty, which Jordan sends to touch 35m from the hosts’ line.

31'

Glasgow ball

Samuel wins the lineout cleanly and it’s spread wide by Horne.

Dempsey and McKay combine in the wide channels, but have Leinster turned it over?

They have, but Fraser Brown is alert to the play and promptly steals it back.

Scrum to Glasgow on the 10m line.

29'

Penalty Glasgow

This time it’s a full penalty, as Kebble gets the upper hand.

Jordan finds touch on halfway.

28'

Free-kick Glasgow

Leinster drive early and it’s a free-kick to the Warriors.

Slow ball, so the call is to scrum again.

26'

Scrum Glasgow

Glasgow get away with one there.

Ngatai sends Liam Turner through a gap and the centre races clear, only for a combination of McKay and Horne to get back and force the knock-on.

Glasgow scrum, 10m from their own line.

24'

Scrum Leinster

Kebble can’t quite hold onto the pass in midfield and it bobbles forward.

Leinster have the scrum on halfway.

24'

Glasgow ball

Leinster clear up to halfway, and McKay runs it back.

Dempsey has a dart, before Vailanu has a more physical approach.

23'

Conversion successful

Byrne makes it three from three and takes it to 21-0 to the home side.

22'

Try Leinster

Straight from the lineout, Leinster have their third of the afternoon.

McGrath spots an opportunity on the short side, and works the space to send Rob Russell over in the corner for his second of the afternoon.

20'

Leinster ball

Turnover from Vailanu, who boots it downfield and the chase is on!

Steyn thinks he’s won a penalty but we play on and Ngatai hammers long.

McLean clears to touch 30m from his own line.

21'

Penalty Leinster

Well, again.

The referee says that Vailanu has illegally cleared out a Leinsterman in the aftermath, and reverses the penalty.

Byrne takes play to halfway.

21'

Penalty Glasgow

Fraser Brown finds namesake Gregor and McDowall charges into midfield.

Dempsey comes in on the short line and is clothes-lined, which sparks a bit of a discussion…

Penalty to the Warriors on the 22 and the referee is going to have a word with Ruddock here.

19'

Leinster ball

So close from McKay!

The full-back links with Horne and is a metre short, only for McGrath to steal it in the shadow of his own posts.

Leinster clear and Glasgow have the lineout on the 22.

18'

Leinster ball

A quick tap from Horne and Glasgow away into the Leinster half – Osborne covers but is immediately turned over and the Warriors into the 22.

McKay makes the break!

17'

Penalty Glasgow

The decision goes Glasgow’s way, as Murphy Walker wins the penalty against Ed Byrne.

McDowall has a carry in midfield, before Horne feeds Kebble and Walker.

15'

Scrum Glasgow

A big charge from Vailanu sends Ngatai flying, before Alex Samuel has a go.

Leinster scramble it clear, but there’s a knock-on just inside the Glasgow half and it’s a scrum.

15'

Penalty Glasgow

Penalty only, remains the decision. Point of contact was adjudged to have just been the shoulder.

Byrne accepts the decision as Jordan finds touch 35 metres from the Leinster line.

14'

TMO Check

Oh wait, now we are reviewing it. A late call from the TMO.

14'

Glasgow ball

Advantage in hand as Jordan is taken high by a Leinster arm.

This is going to be reviewed as well, as the touch judge has his flag in.

Or apparently not. Just a penalty is the call, as Byrne’s challenge is deemed to be just about acceptable.

13'

Glasgow ball

Manjezi makes the steal at the lineout, and Glasgow in possession on their own 10m line.

Vailanu on the charge as George Horne looks to bring in the pack.

11'

Try Leinster

Well.

Ngatai is adjudged to have not been in touch as he offloads off the deck to Rob Russell, and the winger is awarded the try.

Byrne converts and it’s 14-0 to the hosts.

10'

TMO check

Samuel almost steals the lineout but Leinster come away with it through Ruddock.

Ngatai then makes a bid for the corner under pressure from McLean – the decision is no try, but the TMO will review.

9'

Penalty Leinster

Leinster almost make a mess of the exit as McGrath is charged down, but they clear eventually.

McKay counters and is over halfway, but Alex Samuel is penalised for an offence at the ruck.

Byrne takes play up to the Glasgow 22.

9'

Conversion successful

Byrne adds the extras, and Leinster lead by seven.

7'

Try Leinster

Another advantage to the home side, and this time it’s not needed.

Wide passes from Byrne and Osborne find Dave Kearney on the edge, and the winger has enough pace to slide over under the challenge of Kyle Steyn.

6'

Leinster ball

A penalty is dispatched into the 22 from Byrne and Leinster look to drive.

Manjezi is penalised for collapsing the maul, somewhat harshly, and Byrne will go back to the corner.

5'

Leinster ball

A turnover for the Warriors and it’s booted long, with McLean in pursuit.

Osborne gets back to tidy up, and Leinster have possession back on halfway.

2'

Scrum Leinster

Big carry from Sintu Manjezi in midfield, who charges into Charlie Ngatai.

There’s a knock-on at the breakdown though, and the hosts have the scrum on Glasgow’s 10m line.

1'

Glasgow ball

Leinster tackle McLean high and the penalty is duly awarded just inside the Leinster half.

Jordan goes for touch but leaves it short, but Leinster kick back into open field and McKay looks to counter.

1'

Leinster ball

Safely taken in by the hosts initially, but it’s spilled and the Warriors look to click into gear.

Josh McKay sticks a clever grubber into the 22 and Leinster will have to throw in.

They do and clear well, but back comes Rufus McLean…

1'

Kick-off

Out come the two teams onto the RDS pitch, as first Kyle Steyn and then Rhys Ruddock lead out their respective squads.

Our referee is Marius van der Westhuizen, who gives the signal to Tom Jordan and we are underway!

15:10

Five minute warning

Right folks, this is your five minute warning – get the kettle on, your glasses topped up, your snacks sorted out, and then settle in…

15:06

Team News

Franco Smith welcomes nine players back from Scotland camp for this afternoon’s match, including recent Scotland debutants Murphy Walker and Jack Dempsey.

Kyle Steyn returns to captain the side from outside centre, joining Stafford McDowall in the midfield.

Alex Samuel retains his place in the second-row after making his first appearance last time out, pairing up with Sintu Manjezi in the engine room.

On the bench, a six-two split sees Jamie Dobie and Ross Thompson cover the back-line, the latter in line for just his second outing of the campaign after recovering from off-season surgery.

15:00

Team News

With just 15 minutes to go until kick-off, let’s take you through today’s lineups, starting with the hosts.

Despite resting a host of Ireland internationals, Leo Cullen is still able to field a strong team for the clash, with the evergreen Rhys Ruddock captaining the side from the blindside flank.

Ireland and Lions hooker Ronan Kelleher makes his first appearance since September in the front-row, whilst Ross Byrne returns from international duty to start at fly-half.

Harry Byrne could make his first outing of the season off the bench, where he’s joined by South African second-rower Jason Jenkins.

14:44

New faces

There were a few new faces making themselves acquainted with the Warrior nation in the first block of fixtures, with no fewer than seven debutants in the opening weeks of the 2022/23 season.

Two of those seven – Sintu Manjezi and Tom Jordan – have featured in every one of Glasgow’s matches to date, with JP du Preez, Lucio Sordoni and Sione Vailanu having all also made their mark on the season.

The victory over Benetton also saw two of Scotland’s most promising prospects make their professional debut, with Alex Samuel and Euan Ferrie impressing in the 37-0 victory.

14:28

The opposition

Unbeaten so far in the 2022/23 BKT URC, Leo Cullen’s Leinster side come into the match sitting atop the standings, having taken 33 points from a possible 35 to date.

It’s been a campaign that’s seen the men in blue mix some clinical attack with resolute defence, as they look to return to the playoffs once again come the business end of the season.

14:15

Last time out

It was a successful end to the first block of fixtures for Franco Smith’s men, as the Warriors put on a show at Scotstoun at the end of October.

Six tries – including a memorable double for Sione Vailanu – and a highly-physical shift in defence saw Benetton put to the sword in a 37-0 shut-out.

More of the same will be required today against the unbeaten league leaders, as Smith’s men go in search of a first away win of the season.

14:05

Game day

Afternoon, everyone!

The BKT United Rugby Championship returns with a bang this weekend, as your Glasgow Warriors travel to one of the toughest venues in the competition.

Leinster are the opposition in Round Eight, and kick-off is just over an hour away…

Leinster proved too strong for Glasgow Warriors as the BKT United Rugby Championship resumed this afternoon, as Leo Cullen’s side ran in six tries to claim a 40-5 victory at the RDS.

Under a grey November skyline at the RDS, both sides would come out of the blocks flying. A frenetic start would see George Horne signal his intention to keep the tempo high, whilst an enterprising early dart from Jamie Osborne signalled the attacking options at Leinster’s disposal.

It would be the hosts who would open the scoring to the roaring approval of the Dublin crowd, and it would come in clinical fashion. Successive attacking lineouts in the Glasgow 22 would see advantage awarded to Leinster, and two wide passes from Ross Byrne and Osborne would give Dave Kearney enough time to race over and evade the tackle of Kyle Steyn. Byrne’s conversion would make it 7-0, with just seven minutes on the clock.

Leinster’s second score would arrive just four minutes later, albeit in more contentious fashion. A blindside break from Charlie Ngatai would see the centre seemingly tackled into touch by Gregor Brown and Horne, only for the TMO to deem otherwise when reviewing the play. As a result, Rob Russell would be the grateful recipient of Ngatai’s offload, Byrne converting for a 14-0 lead.

Still the Warriors looked to play their own game, with Horne at the heart of his team’s efforts to keep the tempo high. A quick tap penalty saw the scrum-half combine with Josh McKay to take play deep into the Leinster 22, with only the home side’s scramble defence denying a score.

It was to be a different story at the other end on 22 minutes, as Leinster crossed for their third try of the half. From a lineout 30 metres from the Glasgow line, Luke McGrath identified a gap and timed his pass to send Russell over for his second of the match, Byrne converting from the touchline for a 21-0 lead.

Yet it would be the Warriors who finished the half on top, as Franco Smith’s men searched for a foothold back into the match. Tom Jordan and Horne each saw their efforts denied by some last-ditch defence from the hosts, whilst an inside ball from the barnstorming Sione Vailanu would almost send the impressive Alex Samuel over with virtually the last play of the half.

 

The momentum was with the Warriors, who picked up where they left off at the onset of the second stanza. A thunderous carry from Vailanu put his team on the front foot, before Stafford McDowall and Oli Kebble would combine to send Murphy Walker on a charge for the line. Whilst the prop was dragged down five metres out, Ronan Kelleher’s cynical intervention saw the Leinster hooker sent to the sin bin, and Glasgow go to the corner.

It was a choice that was almost immediately vindicated, only for the TMO to intervene. A peel move saw Gregor Brown driven over for what would have been a first professional try, had it not been for a pre-binding call from the officials.

Undeterred, the Warriors would get their reward on 47 minutes. Kyle Steyn’s initial line break was followed by Brown and Rufus McLean racing into the 22, before Samuel’s charge took him to within five metres. After Jack Dempsey and Vailanu would batter their way even closer, Horne’s looping pass found Steyn in enough space to put Sebastian Cancelliere over. The conversion drifted wide, but the Warriors were on the board.

As if stung by conceding, Leinster responded by once again applying pressure of their own. Despite robust defence from Walker and Samuel, the fourth try would arrive on 55 minutes, as Michael Milne forced his way over from close range. Byrne’s conversion made it 28-5, as the match entered its final quarter.

The Warriors would continue to bring energy to the attack, as Ross Thompson and Johnny Matthews’ respective introductions off the bench kept the intensity levels high. Leinster’s defence continued to hold firm, however, refusing to budge in the face of continued Glasgow possession.

Instead, it would be the hosts who would finish the stronger; first, it would be Russell who would celebrate a hat-trick, finishing off a move that began with a turnover from Max Deegan, before John McKee would finish off a counter-attack as the Warriors chased the game. The final score read 40-5, the curtain coming down on a tough afternoon in Dublin.

Smith’s men will swiftly dust themselves down and refocus ahead of next weekend – a Scottish-Italian Shield clash away to Zebre Parma awaits.

80:00 Second Half End

78:50

Byrne

77:38

McKee

73:25

Ferrie
Thompson

71:47

Russell

70:09

Cosgrave
Byrne

66:14

Dobie
Horne

66:13

Bean
Brown

65:18

McKee
Kelleher

59:52

Foley
McGrath

55:50

du Preez
Samuel

55:49

Matthews
Brown

55:48

Bhatti
Kebble

55:47

Thompson
McLean

55:46

Berghan
Walker

55:11

Byrne

54:30

Milne

50:15

Jenkins
McCarthy

50:13

Abdaladze
Clarkson

50:09

Milne
Byrne

50:08

Baird
Ruddock

48:21

Cancelliere

43:34

Kelleher

40:00 First Half End

40:00

Byrne
Ngatai

24:43

Byrne

23:06

Russell

11:55

Byrne

10:32

Russell

08:38

Byrne

07:15

Kearney

Kick-off 3:15 pm

tries

6

conversion goals

5

penalty goals

0

kick success

24

possession

43

tackles

178

scrums won

7

lineouts won

14

clean breaks

6

turnovers conceded

16

yellow cards

1

red cards

0

tries

1

conversion goals

0

penalty goals

0

kick success

15

possession

56

tackles

102

scrums won

7

lineouts won

12

clean breaks

7

turnovers conceded

19

yellow cards

0

red cards

0

Leinster

Glasgow Warriors