Schmidt frustrated at ref’s ruck rulings

THE loss of Ireland international Kevin McLaughlin and openside Dominic Ryan to ankle injuries leaves Joe Schmidt without 23 first choice players for Saturday’s trip to The Scarlets in the PRO12 League.

The mounting list of injuries was almost as difficult to digest for Schmidt as was the loss of a 28-match unbeaten home record against Glasgow at The RDS.

It left him with what he called “contrasting emotions” following Ireland’s defeat of Australia earlier on Saturday

“I am delighted for our boys who are away. I got a few texts from the lads saying ‘good luck’. Even in the midst of what was a famous victory, they’re still pretty keen to keep an eye on their roots and hope we’re doing okay. Unfortunately, we couldn’t deliver the result for them tonight”.

Schmidt found it impossible to disguise his disappointment at the quality of officiating by referee Andrew McMenemy, particularly at the ruck area, for the second week in a row.

“There was some frustration from (scrum-half) Cillian Willis from our perspective. That was disappointing. But, we knew we were going to get that with the guy we had tonight. We’ve got to be good enough to play above that. It is a very bitter pill to swallow. I will give my feedback through the proper channels.”

The game began brightly for the hosts, Fijiian international Isa Nacewa knocked over two penalties in the second and 19th minutes to ease Leinster to the lead. Glasgow responded with intent, out-half Scott Wight nailing a three-pointer and converting lock Nick Campbell’s try from swift approach play by the forwards.

Leinster left wing Dave Kearney came onto a short ball at pace in the 36th minute to split the Warriors defence. Dominic Ryan was on his left shoulder and fly-half Ian Madigan was on hand to take it home for a try which Nacewa converted for a 13-10 half-time advantage.

From there, the game swung back and forth between the boots of Glasgow replacement Duncan Weir’s and Nacewa until another Glasgow replacement Peter Horne strode home for Weir to make it 23-19 late in the final quarter.

The Scots defended their lead and celebrated their historic win in the capital.

Scorers for Leinster: (I Madigan try; I Nacewa 4 pens, con) Scorers for Glasgow Warriors: (N Campbell, P Horne try each; D Weir 2 pens, con; S Wight pen, con).

LEINSTER: I Nacewa; F Carr, E O’Malley, L Fitzgerald, D Kearney; I Madigan, C Willis; H van der Merwe, R Strauss, J Hagan, K McLaughlin, D Toner, R Ruddock (capt), D Ryan, L Auva’a.

Replacement: J Murphy for Ryan (45); N White for Hagan (47); B Macken for Fitzgerald, A Dundon for Auva’a, (both 65); D Browne for McLaughlin (68); J Cooney for Willis (74).

GLASGOW: S Hogg; F Aramburu, R Dewey, T Nathan, C Shaw; S Wight, H Pyrgos; R Grant, F Gillies, E Kalman, T Ryder, N Campbell, R Harley (capt), C Fusaro, R Pitman.

Replacements: P MacArthur for Gillies, D Weir for Wight, R Wilson for Pitman, M Cusack for Kalman (all ht); P Horne for Dewey (58); J Eddie for Campbell, C Gregor for Pyrgos (both 59).

Referee: A McMenemy, Scotland.

Picture: Leinster's Eoin O'Malley and Brendan Macken with Peter Horne of Glasgow. Picture: INPHO

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