Champions Cup: Leinster v Glasgow

Leo Cullen's side look to book a quarter-final slot as they take on the Scottish side at the RDS

Johnny Watterson Sun, Jan 14
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  • Welcome to big game day today at The RDS, kick-off 1.00pm. Leinster and winless Glasgow go head to head after Montpellier were crushed by Exeter in the pool game that took place yesterday. Leinster, of course, meet the French side next weekend. So hang in with Johnny Watterson for the next few hours as Leinster try to remain on top of Pool 3 and secure a home quarterfinal.
  • Exeter Chiefs defeat of Montpellier at Sandy Park on Saturday means a win over Glasgow today will be enough for Leinster to win the pool.
    15. Jordan Larmour (12)
    14. Fergus McFadden (162)
    13. Robbie Henshaw (20)
    12. Isa Nacewa (177) (CAPTAIN)
    11. James Lowe (3)
    10. Johnny Sexton (143)
    9. Luke McGrath (86)
    1. Jack McGrath (123)
    2. Seán Cronin (143)
    3. Tadhg Furlong (76)
    4. Devin Toner (209)
    5. Scott Fardy (12)
    6. Jordi Murphy (97)
    7. Josh van der Flier (58)
    8. Jack Conan (65)


    16. Bryan Byrne (20)
    17. Cian Healy (182)
    18. Andrew Porter (20)
    19. James Ryan (8)
    20. Dan Leavy (47)
    21. Nick McCarthy (17)
    22. Ross Byrne (39)
    23. Rob Kearney (191)

  • Glasgow Warriors
    Ruaridh Jackson; Lee Jones, Huw Jones, Nick Grigg, Niko Matawalu; Peter Horne, Ali Price; Jamie Bhatti, George Turner, Siosiua Halanukonuka, Robert Harley (c), Greg Peterson, Matt Fagerson, Matt Smith, Adam Ashe
    Replacements: Grant Stewart, Alex Allan, D'Arcy Rae, Kiran McDonald, Chris Fusaro, George Horne, Brandon Thomson, Henry Pyrgos
  • As things stand Leinster are second to Clermont among the eight top sides that could qualify for the quarterfinals.
  • "We want guys to come in and progress. Another great opportunity for the guys that are named today. - Leo Cullen
  • The two teams are now running out on to the pitch at the RDS. It should get going within a minute.
  • Referee: Marius Mitrea
  • Glasgow start the match and Matawalu catches Leinster napping in first contact as he takes the high ball.
  • Glasgo earn a penalty with Sexton going into contact around the halfway. They fin touch and a lineout in the 22.
  • 3 mins
    Glasgow pick and go into Leinster 22.Centre Nick Grigg knocks on.
  • 5 mins
    The scrum wheels and referee Mitrea says to reset. Very steady from Leinster and Leinster fire it wide to Larmour. Looked forward from Murphy Glasgow scrum.
  • 7 mins TRY
    Sexton puts in a high hanging ball and Matawalu fails to catch. Leinster now well in the Glasgow 22 and in possession. Cronin to Nacewa. Nacewa goes to ground and McGrath is in. He picks and feeds to a beautifully timed run from Jordi Murphy. TRY.
    Sexton converts
  • 12 mins
    Glasgow react well and take it up into the Leinster 22. Glasgow penalty and scrumhalf Ali Price takes it quickly. Murphy tackles him too early and the referee pulls out the yellow card.
    Jordi Murphy YELLOW
  • 15 mins
    Good Glasgow scrum and another penalty under the Leinster posts. Scrum again - Leinster without Murphy - Big tackles from Leinster with McGrath hitting Glasgow nunber 8 Adam Ashe pretty hard.
    Lowe puts in a big tackle and Glasgow knock on
  • 17 mins TRY
    Horne makes ground and creates space for Glasgow. Leinster looking very open here. The ball goes out to Matawalu and he steps left and right to beat the covering defence. Brilliant foot work from the left wing.
    Horne converts

  • 19 mins
    What a game. Leinster are now on the offensive after Henshaw wins the restart with Lowe muscling up the left. But the flag goes up for a foot in touch from the Kiwi.
  • 20 mins TRY
    Lineout win from Devin Toner and Sexton takes it with Nacewa coming in behind. Sexton pops it for Nacewa and he opens up the Glasgow defence. He made it look very easy.
    Sexton conversion


  • 23 mins
    Questions will be asked about the Glasgow defence here. Two tries in 20 minutes and Leinster are halfway to a bonus point.
  • 24 mins Penalty
    Sexton converts it for 17-7
  • 25 mins
    Penalty for Glasgow as Leinster take a man out in the air in a lineout. They go for touch. Glasgow line out 5 metres out.
  • 27 mins
    A fraught few minutes here in an open match. Leinster clear and McFadden is almost released into space but for an bad bounce...McFadden slips into a tackle and almost beheads centre Grigg.
  • 32 mins. TRY

    Henshaw does great in a Leinster bomb from Sexton. Leinster lineout 5 metres out. Leinster maul forward and Glagow collapse it. Toner picks and dives but looks short of the line. Penalty.Another lineout for Leinster. This time it is dynamic Cronin who peels away and this time makes the try line.
  • 33 mins
    Sexton converts
  • 35 mins TRY
    Fardy pounces in on the left after Lowe and Sexton make the ground. Leinster are opening up Glasgow everywhere. It is the fourth try. So a bonus point secured.
  • Sexton misses the conversion so the scores remains 29-7. As it stands Leinster have a home quarterfinal and really this game does not look like changing direction.
  • That was Scott Fardy's first Leinster try.
  • 39 mins TRY

    Fardy takes it up the left and Lowe continues.with a great off load to Sexton on his shoulder. Sexton goes in for the fifth try but appear to hit his head.

  • 39 mins
    Sexton is receiving treatment on the ground and is holding his neck. But he seems alright and slowly walks back into position. Nacewa steps up for the extras but misses the tight conversion.
  • 40 mins
    The referee blows for halftime. That will come as a relief to a weary looking Glasgow side. Don't be surprised if Sexton remains in the locker room with Ross Byrne perhaps making an appearance for the next forty.
    Halftime: Leinster 34 - 7 Glasgow
  • 303 -92
    The number of metres made by Leinster and Glasgow in the first half.Yes, Leinster is the bigger number.
  • Of course former Leinster and Ireland prop Mike Ross is now the Irish women's scrum coach.
    England face an anxious wait over the availability of forwards Billy Vunipola and James Haskell ahead of the Six Nations next month.
    Eddie Jones’s side launch their campaign against Italy on February 4th and the Australian, who is due to name his squad on Thursday, may have to do without number eight Vunipola and his fellow backrower Haskell.
    Haskell was shown a red card by referee Roman Poite in the 75th minute of Wasps’ 33-28 Champions Cup defeat to Harlequins for a shoulder-led high tackle on Jamie Roberts.
    Vunipola, meanwhile, was forced off with an arm injury at half-time of Saracens’ 15-15 draw with Ospreys.
  • Sexton is back on the pitch and is fine. Very much a demonstration that the Leinster outhalf was NOT concussed.
    Play resumes.
  • 42 mins
    Sexton finds touch. Leinster lineout 5 metres out. A bi heave is on. The ball is fed left but whistle goes for Glasgow scum 10 metres out.
  • 46 mins
    Leinster again in possession and Glagow frantic in defence. I fairness to Glasgow they are flying into the tackles. But Leinster are relentless and focing a high tackle count from the Scottish side.
  • 46 mins
    Great defensive cobvering after a stray Lowe pass finds Matawalu, who takes off out of the Glasgow 22. Lightening speed from the left wing. Leinster scrum on the halfway line.
  • Attendance 16,947
  • 50 mins
    Okay Leinster bumping to the Glasgow 22 and going through the phases. But it is turned over and Leinster now doing the tackling. Knock on and some handbags stuff from both sides. Jack Conan you'd like him on your side.
    Healy for McGrath

  • 50 mins
    Byrne also comes in for Sexton. No surprise there.
  • 52 mins
    Rob Kearney preparing to come on.
  • 54 mins
    Larmour shows his pace for the first time but referee blows for a knock on from Lowe. Marginal but correct call.
  • Score - 34-7 posted 3 minutes ago.
  • 55 mins
    Kearney comes in for on for Henshaw and Larmour moves to outside centre
  • 56 mins
    Interesting move for Larmour with Garry Ringrose injured and Joe Schmidt maybe looking around for possibilities there.
  • 57 mins TRY
    Another easy one for Leinster. Toner gathers from the lineout 5 metres out. Mc Grath picks and finds Nacewa bursting through for his second try of the match
    Byrne converts

  • 59 mins
    Bryan Byrne comes in for European debut for hooker Sean Cronin.
  • Andrew Porter is also on the pitch for an entire frontrow change.
  • 62 mins TRY
    Glasgow get their second try with number 8 Adam Ashe diving in. Leinster just made a lot of changes there and looked a little bit in disarray.
    41-12 Leister lead.
  • 64 mins
    James Ryan comes into the secondrow for Devin Toner
  • 66 mins TRY
    Leinster getting a rolling maul going. Ball comes out and fed right. Ryan carries. Healy muscles it up to the line but he's stopped. Nacewa takes it and throws left to Lowe, who uses his strength to crash over the line between two defenders.
    Ross Byrne converts.
    48-12 Leinster lead.

  • 71 mins TRY
    Glasgow now working hard to save pride and push Leinster back. There is space out right. James Lowe sells himself short there with poor defending. He comes up to his man much too fast. Matawalu dives in for a try.
    Brandon Thomson converts.
    48-19 Leinster leads
  • Luke MxcGrath wins the Man of the Match award. Richly deserved from the scrumhalf who didn't put a foot wrong today and gave quick and accurate service. Took on a few big tackles as well.
  • 78 mins TRY
    Eight tries so far from Leinster to three from Glasgow with Nacewa and now Fardy on two each.
    Fardy comes in off a rolling maul that Leinster began 22 metres out. Nice control from the pack with Fardy spinning away for his score to take Leinster to over 50 points for the day.
    Ross Byrne converts
    55-19 Leinster lead
  • 80 mins
    FINAL SCORE: Leinster 55 Glasgow 19
    Leinster secure a home quarterfinal.
  • Luke McGrath MOM

    "I thought we were really clinical in the first half and in the second became a bit lose and played into Glasgow's hands. But delighted with the win and bonus point. The lineout maul was also superb today so credit to them."
  • Rob Harley captain of Glasgow -
    "That's a good lesson for us here today. All credit to Leinster who put in a world class performance today. That's what we will take home, that step up to this level."
  • "We didn't play to the standard and that's disappointing for us," Rob Harley Glasgow captain.
  • Well that's the end of a great day for Leinster. It is Montpellier next week and you have to wonder how interested they will be after being hammered yesterday by Exeter. But the rugby continues with The Irish Times. Follow Munster's progress against Racing '92 with Eamon Donoghue. That games kicks off at 3.15pm.