Glasgow Warriors v Leinster

The Warriors erased the demons of last season’s final defeat to Leinster by beating the reigning champions in the last minute with a Stuart Hogg penalty.

After a scintillating first-half which saw the Warriors lead 19-3 following tries from Horne, Gray and Seymour, Leinster were on top in the second period.

They scored two tries of their own and were leading in the dying moments but Hogg showed composure to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

In front of a packed crowd before the game, Glasgow 2014 Judo medalist Euan Burton presented the matchball and received a rapturous reception.

Once the game got underway it was a cagey affair with both teams eager not to concede first.

Leinster suffered immediate disruption when Noel Reid was forced off after picking up an injury moments after kick-off.

Within 10 minutes, Mark Bennett tried his luck with a long-range penalty but saw it drift wide.

The Warriors were the dominant team in the opening 20 minutes, playing a free-flowing entertaining brand of rugby.

The ball was being spun from end to end and after 16 minutes, Scotstoun Stadium erupted when the Warriors scored a mesmeric try.

After quick passing, space emerged on the right flank where Seymour darted forward but was bundled into touch.

Before his foot stepped on the white line, the tricky winger managed to offload the ball to the grateful Peter Horne, who was able to flop over the line for the opening try.

From the touchline, Pyrgos converted.

Moments later, Leinster had a chance to score points of their own but Jimmy Gopperth fluffed his lines and hit the penalty wide.

In the Scotstoun sunshine, Glasgow were relentless going forward and scored a second try after 25 minutes when Jonny Gray piled over after a prolonged period of pressure before Pyrgos missed the conversion.

Leinster desperately tried to put Glasgow under pressure but the Warriors were well organised and after defending in their own 22, Townsend’s men broke at speed with Josh Strauss rampaging through the centre of the pitch to score.

With half an hour played Pyrgos nailed the conversion giving the Warriors a 19-0 lead.

Before the break, Madigan notched a penalty to put his side on the scoresheet.

The second period got off to a subdued start, but it was Leinster who scored first through a Jimmy Gopperth penalty.

The game was a bruising affair and the Warriors were forced into changes with Dunbar and Horne limping off injured.

Hogg and Lamont came on with Hogg operating at fly-half.

The team from Ireland were dominant in the second half and with 10 minutes remaining they scored two quick-fire tries through Jack McGrath and Tom Denton.

With Gopperth notching both conversions, Glasgow were one point behind with the clock running out.

Their heads didn’t drop though and the efforts were rewarded when Nigel Owens awarded a penalty.

With nearly 6,000 supporters on the edge of their seats, Hogg showed nerves of steel to rifle the ball between the sticks to seal the victory with Scotstoun erupting.

Glasgow: Murchie, Seymour, Bennett, Dunbar, Jones, Horne, Pyrgos, Allan, Brown, Murray, Nakarawa, Gray, Harley, Fusaro, Strauss.

Replacements: Hogg for Dunbar (49), S. Lamont for Horne (55), Matawalu for Pyrgos (61), Reid for Allan (53), MacArthur for Brown (53), de Klerk for Murray (66), Swinson for Nakarawa (65), Ashe for Fusaro (61).

Leinster: Kirchner, McFadden, Macken, Reid, Fanning, Gopperth, Boss, Healy, Cronin, Ross, Marshall, M. McCarthy, Ryan, Jennings, O'Brien.

Replacements: Madigan for Reid (1), L. McGrath for Boss (66), J. McGrath for Healy (46), Furlong for Ross (53), Denton for Marshall (54), McLaughlin for Jennings (71). Not Used: Bryce, M. McGrath.

Ref: Nigel Owens (Wales)

live commentary 5:15 PM Saturday 6 Sep 2014

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