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Glasgow 25, Leinster 21Glasgow sit on their own at the top of their Celtic League section tonight after victory against Leinster at Hughenden. It was, though, an uneasy win even against the understrength champions.Leinster were without no fewer than 11 capped players because of Ireland's international against Romania tomorrow. Yet at times in the first half it looked as though it was Glasgow who were fielding a second XV.However, the home team pulled through, turning a 7-15 half-time deficit into a four-point victory to add to their away win against Cardiff six days ago. It was, though, only a Stuart Moffat try less than quarter of an hour from the end that took Glasgow ahead for the first time in the match. Nine league points out of a maximum 10 has been a satisfying profit from their first two league games, even if they did have a fright tonight.Ironically, Moffat's winning try was derived straight from scrummage ball. Glasgow, that time, had no need for the patient build-up through successive phases, a format that had been an essential in their Cardiff win six days ago, though too often missing this evening.Leinster laid down their marker less than two minutes into the contest when David Quinlan punctured the home defence on the right. His fellow centre, Kieran Lewis, finished off on the left.Glasgow responded, though only in territorial terms, as Tommy Hayes was within range for three penalty pots at goals. All of them missed - the closest was the longest, from 48 metres, as it rebounded out from the right-hand post.Worryingly for Glasgow, Leinster too readily found space for Quinlan and Christian Warner down a close-quarter channel. One such break by Warner would have created a try for Ben Gissing but for Moffat's saving tackle on the eager lock forward.Brian O"Meara eventually added a penalty goal for 8-0 after 24 minutes, but Hayes poached a fortuitous try five minutes later. The stand-off snapped up a loose Leinster pass 45 metres out and escaped Peter Smyth's clutches before sprinting over between the posts.Calvin Howarth converted, cutting the visitors" lead to just one point, but Leinster retaliated almost immediately with try that Gissing made and scored. The lock forward created turn-over ball with a hefty tackle on Hayes, and after Des Dillon had made ground on the right Gissing finished off for O"Meara to convert.Glasgow, however, slashed Leinster's interval lead less than a minute into the second half. Andy Nicol's quick clearance and Alan Bulloch's swift link let Jon Steel finish off in the right corner. The wing still had plenty to do before scoring - for that and his other work, not least seeking the ways and means away from his own wing, he was later named the Young Generation man of the match.His try was too far out for Howarth to convert, and O"Meara soon replied with his second penalty goal. But two by Hayes hauled Glasgow level 13 minutes into the second half.For 15 nervous minutes the score was unchanged at 18-all. Hayes missed a penalty from long-range, and though Gordon D"Arcy was then sin-binned it seemed that Glasgow would find no way to exploit the numerical advantage. Steel was over for what would have been his second try, though denied by what the referee ruled as obstruction, and Jon Petrie gave a loose pass when he had the option going himself for the try or putting Glenn Metcalfe in on the left.However, just before D"Arcy returned Glasgow found the swift linkage that had served them well in Cardiff. Off a close-range scrummage a long, flat pass by Hayes sent Moffat through for a try.Hayes converted, but he was almost immediately sin-binned. O"Meara kicked the goal from the consequent penalty, and those were 10 nervous minutes before the inside centre returned just in time for the final, relieving whistle.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Tommy Hayes, Glenn Metcalfe; Calvin Howarth, Andy Nicol (captain); Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch, David Hilton, Andrew Hall, Jason White, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Andrew Wilson for Simpson (36 minutes), Lee Harrison for Hilton (56), Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (62), Ben Daly for Macfadyen (64), Hilton for Blades (72). Yellow card - Hayes.Tries, Hayes, Moffat, Steel; conversions, Hayes, Howarth; penalty goals, Hayes (2).Leinster - Gordon D"Arcy; Simon Keogh, Kieran Lewis, David Quinlan, John McWeeney; Christian Warner, Brian O"Meara; Peter Coyle, Peter Smyth (captain), Niall Treston, Ben Gissing, Aidan Kearney, Aidan McCullen, Shane Jennings, Des Dillon. Substitutes - Liam Toland for Jennings (60), John Lyne for Coyle (74). Yellow card - D"Arcy.Tries, Gissing, Lewis; conversion, O"Meara; penalty goals, O"Meara (3).Referee - Nigel Whitehouse (Wales).Glasgow 25, Leinster 21Glasgow sit on their own at the top of their Celtic League section tonight after victory against Leinster at Hughenden. It was, though, an uneasy win even against the understrength champions.Leinster were without no fewer than 11 capped players because of Ireland's international against Romania tomorrow. Yet at times in the first half it looked as though it was Glasgow who were fielding a second XV.However, the home team pulled through, turning a 7-15 half-time deficit into a four-point victory to add to their away win against Cardiff six days ago. It was, though, only a Stuart Moffat try less than quarter of an hour from the end that took Glasgow ahead for the first time in the match. Nine league points out of a maximum 10 has been a satisfying profit from their first two league games, even if they did have a fright tonight.Ironically, Moffat's winning try was derived straight from scrummage ball. Glasgow, that time, had no need for the patient build-up through successive phases, a format that had been an essential in their Cardiff win six days ago, though too often missing this evening.Leinster laid down their marker less than two minutes into the contest when David Quinlan punctured the home defence on the right. His fellow centre, Kieran Lewis, finished off on the left.Glasgow responded, though only in territorial terms, as Tommy Hayes was within range for three penalty pots at goals. All of them missed - the closest was the longest, from 48 metres, as it rebounded out from the right-hand post.Worryingly for Glasgow, Leinster too readily found space for Quinlan and Christian Warner down a close-quarter channel. One such break by Warner would have created a try for Ben Gissing but for Moffat's saving tackle on the eager lock forward.Brian O"Meara eventually added a penalty goal for 8-0 after 24 minutes, but Hayes poached a fortuitous try five minutes later. The stand-off snapped up a loose Leinster pass 45 metres out and escaped Peter Smyth's clutches before sprinting over between the posts.Calvin Howarth converted, cutting the visitors" lead to just one point, but Leinster retaliated almost immediately with try that Gissing made and scored. The lock forward created turn-over ball with a hefty tackle on Hayes, and after Des Dillon had made ground on the right Gissing finished off for O"Meara to convert.Glasgow, however, slashed Leinster's interval lead less than a minute into the second half. Andy Nicol's quick clearance and Alan Bulloch's swift link let Jon Steel finish off in the right corner. The wing still had plenty to do before scoring - for that and his other work, not least seeking the ways and means away from his own wing, he was later named the Young Generation man of the match.His try was too far out for Howarth to convert, and O"Meara soon replied with his second penalty goal. But two by Hayes hauled Glasgow level 13 minutes into the second half.For 15 nervous minutes the score was unchanged at 18-all. Hayes missed a penalty from long-range, and though Gordon D"Arcy was then sin-binned it seemed that Glasgow would find no way to exploit the numerical advantage. Steel was over for what would have been his second try, though denied by what the referee ruled as obstruction, and Jon Petrie gave a loose pass when he had the option going himself for the try or putting Glenn Metcalfe in on the left.However, just before D"Arcy returned Glasgow found the swift linkage that had served them well in Cardiff. Off a close-range scrummage a long, flat pass by Hayes sent Moffat through for a try.Hayes converted, but he was almost immediately sin-binned. O"Meara kicked the goal from the consequent penalty, and those were 10 nervous minutes before the inside centre returned just in time for the final, relieving whistle.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Tommy Hayes, Glenn Metcalfe; Calvin Howarth, Andy Nicol (captain); Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch, David Hilton, Andrew Hall, Jason White, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Andrew Wilson for Simpson (36 minutes), Lee Harrison for Hilton (56), Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (62), Ben Daly for Macfadyen (64), Hilton for Blades (72). Yellow card - Hayes.Tries, Hayes, Moffat, Steel; conversions, Hayes, Howarth; penalty goals, Hayes (2).Leinster - Gordon D"Arcy; Simon Keogh, Kieran Lewis, David Quinlan, John McWeeney; Christian Warner, Brian O"Meara; Peter Coyle, Peter Smyth (captain), Niall Treston, Ben Gissing, Aidan Kearney, Aidan McCullen, Shane Jennings, Des Dillon. Substitutes - Liam Toland for Jennings (60), John Lyne for Coyle (74). Yellow card - D"Arcy.Tries, Gissing, Lewis; conversion, O"Meara; penalty goals, O"Meara (3).Referee - Nigel Whitehouse (Wales).