Glasgow Mauled By Leinster Lions

Glasgow 10, Leinster 31Glasgow completed an unwelcome foursome tonight with defeat by Leinster at Hughenden. In the first two months of the Celtic League season they have now lost to each of the four Irish provinces in turn.Only once has a gap appeared in that emerald curtain, when Glasgow beat Munster in the Celtic Cup earlier this month. However, Hallowe"en's low-key, low-pace performance was certainly not what was needed in the run-in towards the cup semi-final against Ulster in two weeks" time.It was not as if Leinster tonight were a team looking like championship contenders. They were just slightly hungrier, they made fewer mistakes, and they picked up the points, crucially 18 of them in a phase of as many minutes spanning the interval.Glasgow played the match rather than contested it. Their lineout was insecure, their scrummage creaked, and rarely could they work off a solid platform.An early penalty goal by Dan Parks, after a slicing break by Sam Pinder, was only a false dawn. Brian O"Meara soon replied in kind, and the Leinster scrum half went on to kick 16 points with two conversions and four penalty goals.Leinster went ahead for the first time in 28 minutes, after Aidan Kearney's dent in the middle created the opportunity for Peter McKenna to cross on the right. O"Meara added the conversion as well as kicking two more penalty goals for 16-3 at the interval. When McKenna's inside pass sent Gordon D"Arcy in early in the second half Leinster had the game sewn up, with O"Meara converting for a 20-point advantage.Glasgow occasionally promised thereafter only to lose too much in turnovers, though eventually, with barely 10 minutes left, they strung enough together for Rory McKay to plough over. Calvin Howarth added the conversion, but Kearney's try from his own interception 35 metres out finished off any hopes that may still have been smouldering in Glasgow thoughts.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Sean Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Alan Bulloch, Rory Kerr; Daniel Parks, Sam Pinder; Euan Murray, Scott Lawson, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Nathan Ross, Roland Reid, Paul Dearlove (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Rory McKay for Hall (18-21 minutes), Andrew Wilson for Reid (39), Calvin Howarth for Parks (51), Gareth Maclure for Morrison (51), McKay for Dearlove (65), Mark McMillan for Pinder (72).Try, McKay; conversion, Howarth.Leinster - Gordon D'Arcy; Peter McKenna, James Downey, David Quinlan, Gary Brown; Matthew Leek,_Brian O'Meara; Emmett Byrne, David Blaney, Peter Coyle, Aidan Kearney, Ben Gissing, Niall Breslin, Des Dillon, Shane Jennings (captain). Substitutes - Niall Treston for Byrne (54), Daragh O'shea for Downey (69), Niall Ronan for Breslin (72), Ciaran Potts for Dillon (76), Rob Connolly for McKenna (81), Brian Blaney for David Blaney (81).Tries, McKenna, D"Arcy, Kearney; conversions, O"Meara (2); penalty goals, O"Meara (4).Referee - Nigel Owens (Wales).Attendance - 2734.Glasgow 10, Leinster 31Glasgow completed an unwelcome foursome tonight with defeat by Leinster at Hughenden. In the first two months of the Celtic League season they have now lost to each of the four Irish provinces in turn.Only once has a gap appeared in that emerald curtain, when Glasgow beat Munster in the Celtic Cup earlier this month. However, Hallowe"en's low-key, low-pace performance was certainly not what was needed in the run-in towards the cup semi-final against Ulster in two weeks" time.It was not as if Leinster tonight were a team looking like championship contenders. They were just slightly hungrier, they made fewer mistakes, and they picked up the points, crucially 18 of them in a phase of as many minutes spanning the interval.Glasgow played the match rather than contested it. Their lineout was insecure, their scrummage creaked, and rarely could they work off a solid platform.An early penalty goal by Dan Parks, after a slicing break by Sam Pinder, was only a false dawn. Brian O"Meara soon replied in kind, and the Leinster scrum half went on to kick 16 points with two conversions and four penalty goals.Leinster went ahead for the first time in 28 minutes, after Aidan Kearney's dent in the middle created the opportunity for Peter McKenna to cross on the right. O"Meara added the conversion as well as kicking two more penalty goals for 16-3 at the interval. When McKenna's inside pass sent Gordon D"Arcy in early in the second half Leinster had the game sewn up, with O"Meara converting for a 20-point advantage.Glasgow occasionally promised thereafter only to lose too much in turnovers, though eventually, with barely 10 minutes left, they strung enough together for Rory McKay to plough over. Calvin Howarth added the conversion, but Kearney's try from his own interception 35 metres out finished off any hopes that may still have been smouldering in Glasgow thoughts.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Sean Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Alan Bulloch, Rory Kerr; Daniel Parks, Sam Pinder; Euan Murray, Scott Lawson, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Nathan Ross, Roland Reid, Paul Dearlove (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Rory McKay for Hall (18-21 minutes), Andrew Wilson for Reid (39), Calvin Howarth for Parks (51), Gareth Maclure for Morrison (51), McKay for Dearlove (65), Mark McMillan for Pinder (72).Try, McKay; conversion, Howarth.Leinster - Gordon D'Arcy; Peter McKenna, James Downey, David Quinlan, Gary Brown; Matthew Leek,_Brian O'Meara; Emmett Byrne, David Blaney, Peter Coyle, Aidan Kearney, Ben Gissing, Niall Breslin, Des Dillon, Shane Jennings (captain). Substitutes - Niall Treston for Byrne (54), Daragh O'shea for Downey (69), Niall Ronan for Breslin (72), Ciaran Potts for Dillon (76), Rob Connolly for McKenna (81), Brian Blaney for David Blaney (81).Tries, McKenna, D"Arcy, Kearney; conversions, O"Meara (2); penalty goals, O"Meara (4).Referee - Nigel Owens (Wales).Attendance - 2734.