Leinster sneak a draw from gallant Warriors

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Isa Nacewa’s late penalty helped Leinster maintain their unbeaten run in the Rabo Pro12 as they drew 10-10 with Glasgow Warriors at a wet and windy Firhill on Saturday evening.

In a game played in awful conditions it was the home side that played the better rugby in the opening period. Fly half Ruaridh Jackson controlled the game and the conditions better than most as his side looked to do the double on the Heineken Cup champions having already won at the RDS earlier in the season.

With the rain pelting down it was Jackson who nudged his side in front on the half hour mark with a well taken penalty.

That would prove the only score in a half where Leinster tried to establish a foothold in the game, Madigan almost leveled the game up approaching half time, however his penalty faded just to the left and wide of the posts.

The second half continue in much the same vein as the first and Glasgow got the first try of the game eight minutes after the break.

A clever lineout put Pat MacArthur who raced clear of the Leinster defence to score.

That try also saw Leinster full back Isa Nacewa sent to the sin bin after he shouldered charged McArthur just as the Warriors player grounded the ball.

A double whammy like that would have finished most teams, but not Leinster.

They came fighting back into the game and drew within three a few minutes later when Heinke van der Merwe burrowed his way over the Warriors line to put his side right back into the game.

That try seemed to energizer Leinster and they looked the more dangerous team heading into the last quarter.

To their credit Glasgow stood tall and it was only Nacewa’s penalty ten minutes from time that helped Leinster salvage a game that looked beyond them at one point.

Speaking after the game a relieved Joe Schmidt said ” In the context of the last 30 mins when we were 10-0 down and down to 14 men I’m happy. It was a tough night at the office that is for sure”


15: Peter Murchie
14: David Lemi
13: Alex Dunbar
12: Troy Nathan
11: Colin Shaw
10: Ruaridh Jackson
9: Henry Pyrgos

1: Ryan Grant
2: Pat MacArthur
3: Mike Cusack
4: Nick Campbell
5: Tom Ryder
6: Rob Harley CAPTAIN
7: Chris Fusaro
8: Ryan Wilson


16: Dougie Hall
17: Jon Welsh
18: Gordon Reid
19: Rob Verbakel
20: Calum Forrester
21: Scott Wight
22: Federico Aramburu
23: Tommy Seymour


15: Isa Nacewa
14: David Kearney
13: Brendan Macken
12: Colm O’Shea
11: Fionn Carr
10: Ian Madigan
9: Isaac Boss

1: Heinke van der Merwe
2: Richardt Strauss
3: Nathan White
4: Damian Browne
5: Mark Flanagan
6: Dominic Ryan
7: Shane Jennings CAPTAIN
8: Leo Auva’a


16: Aaron Dundon
17: Jack McGrath
18: Jamie Hagan
19: Devin Toner
20: Jordi Murphy
21: John Cooney
22: Eoin O’Malley
23: Andrew Conway

REFEREE: John Lacey (IRFU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: Andrew McMenemy, Graeme Marshall (both SRU), TMO: Jim Yuille (SRU)


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