Disappointing for Leinster, who suffered their first defeat of the season, was their inability to register a try last night. The visitors however showed strong defence in limiting a rampant Glasgow side to just two touchdowns in the last quarter.
Leinster will also be only too aware that they were fortunate to come away with a bonus point, made possible by Glasgow’s dire statistics in front of the posts, the Warriors’ kickers, three in all, squandering 17 points from five penalty and one conversion attempt.
Glasgow started nervously and were looking vulnerable at the set scrum in the matter of binding. When for the third time they were deemed responsible for collapsing the scrum, Leinster out-half Jimmy Gopperth opened the scoring with a penalty goal.
Leinster’s new signing Lote Tuqiri suffered an early injury and was replaced by Rob Kearney.
Soon after Glasgow grabbed the first try.
From a line-out 10 metres out from the Leinster line, Glasgow moved the ball cleverly through a couple of phases, allowing flanker Chris Fusaro to barrell over for the game’s first try, Hogg’s conversion giving the home side a 7-3 advantage at the end of a first half of forgettable rugby.
Four minutes into the second half Devin Toner came off the bench to replace Tom Denton and made an immediate contribution in the lineout.
A Leinster break-out led by Rob Kearney, resulted in a penalty converted by Gopperth.
Glasgow, however, continued to set the pace and from a lineout in the corner the Warriors pack drove effectively before replacement Fijian prop Jerry Janujanutawa ploughed over for his side’s second try, Jackson’s conversion attempt rebounding off the post.
Leinster had a final chance to make amends on the Glasgow 22m line only to lose possession and indeed only quick footwork by Rob Kearney prevented a third try for Glasgow..
Scorers for Glasgow: Tries Fusaro, Janujanutawa Cons Hogg
Scorers for Leinster: Pens Gopperth.
GLASGOW WARRIORS: S Hogg (B McGuigan 60); T Seymour, M Bennett, A Dunbar, S Lamont; R Jackson, C Cusiter; R Grant (J Janujanutawa 70), P MacArthur (D Hall 53), J Welsh (E Kalman 53), J Gray, T Swinson, R Harley, C Fusaro (J Strauss 60), R Vernon (J Eddie 70)
LEINSTER: I Madigan; L Tuquri (R Kearney 31), B Macken, G D’Arcy, D Kearney; J Gopperth, I Boss (E Reddan 60); J McGrath (C Healy 52), R Strauss, M Ross (M Moore 71), T Denton (D Toner (44), M McCarthy, K McLauglin, S Jennings (D Ryan 35), J Murphy
Referee: P Fitzbibbon (IRFU).
Results: Newport Gwent Dragons 23 Scarlets 16; Cardiff Blues 25 Zebre 30.