Leinster Rugby V Glasgow Warriors

Leinster displayed just why they are one of the favourites to win the Champions Cup with a dominant victory over Glasgow Warriors in Dublin.

Boasting a squad with six British & Irish Lions, the Irishmen were rampant at the RDS against a Warriors side struck by injuries, winning 55-19 in impressive fashion.

It was the Warriors who started the brighter of the two sides, putting pressure on Leinster for the opening five minutes both in open play and at set piece.

However, the hosts showed just how clinical they could be with their first attack. Moving up the field with consecutive penalties before flanker Murphy burst through the defensive line to open the scoring.

Shortly after, Murphy was shown a yellow card, with Glasgow looking to continue their bright start he dragged Ali Price down short of the line from an offside position.

Soon after Glasgow were level. Applying more pressure through the forwards they used the width of the pitch opening up space for Niko Matawalu to exploit and score.

The Irishmen hit back immediately, returning captain Isa Nacewa punishing the Warriors defence for sleeping and stepping his way through.

From then on Leinster took control of the half and the tie. Tightening their grip on Glasgow they scored first through a forward’s drive, again out wide before Jonny Sexton made it three tries in 10 minutes before half time.

Having received a stern talking to in the sheds at half time, Warriors returned for the second half looking to restore pride and put in a solid defensive shift before Nacewa crossed for his second of the game after picking a nice line off the scrum.

Refusing to roll over, Glasgow continued to play and after going through the phases and taking care of the possession they worked the Leinster defence thin and Adam Ashe was on hand to score a confidence booster.

Leinster hit back again through James Lowe but Glasgow had fight in them still and Niko scored his second of the game with an impressive acrobatic finish in the corner.

It was the home side who would have the last laugh with a try off a driving maul in the corner taking the final score to 55-19.

live commentary 1:00 PM Sunday 14 Jan 2018

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