Glasgow Salvage A Bonus Point

Leinster 22, Glasgow 16A late penalty goal by Calvin Howarth salvaged a Celtic League bonus point for Glasgow at Donnybrook tonight. But they ought to have taken more than that from a match played on a greasy pitch, though the overhead conditions were dry and cool.Two Leinster tries had Glasgow 0-12 down after only 11 minutes. Thereafter the visitors were having to play catch-up, but they were no farther forward at 3-12 at the interval. In the second half, however, they were the better, more positive team, and when Colin Shaw finished off an admirable phase of continuity, with Howarth converting, the margin was down to one point.But Glasgow could not hold that position, far less take it on from there. Instead, Ben Gissing scored Leinster's third try, and David Holwell's conversion seemed to have wrest the bonus point from Glasgow. Howarth saved it in injury time. So excitement ended a game that had promised much, though it was littered with too many turnovers, both ways, especially in the first half.Even defeat with a bonus point, however, meant that the day ended better than it had been earlier, with the news that Euan Murray had been suspended from rugby for 12 weeks. The ban, imposed by Scottish Rugby's discipline panel, followed the prop's red card in the league game against Llanelli Scarlets at Hughenden a week ago. The process of lodging an appeal had started almost as soon as the suspension was intimated.A chip and chase by David Quinlan provided the platform for Holwell's opening try for Leinster after only three minutes. Howell also converted, and eight minutes later Shane Jennings squeezed over in the right corner. Holwell missed the goal.Between those tries Glasgow had a golden chance of a try when Howarth thrust through the middle into the home 22. But Andy Craig's support was thwarted.That was to be the story of the remainder of the first half - apart from a penalty goal each by Howarth in 17 minutes and Howell in 27. Gareth Maclure knocked on stretching for Graeme Beveridge's flat pass off lineout ball in the home 22, John Beattie was cut down with the line in sight after Rory Kerr's intrusion on his "wrong" wing, and just before half-time Beattie, Andrew Hall, Kevin Tkachuk (twice), Kerr, and Andrew Wilson liaised in a concerted assault that promised much but realised nothing.Glasgow had a much better second half, though for more than half an hour it produced nothing but a Howarth goal after Kerr had set up a ruck that procured the penalty.Shaw's run, chip, and chase preluded a hopeful phase, with Kenny Logan, Gareth Maclure, and Tkachuk prominent in the follow-up. Later Beattie released Sam Pinder on a long touchline run out of the Glasgow half, the replacement scrum half denied in the Leinster 22 by his opposite number, Brian O"Riordan. That provided the chance for another Howarth penalty goal, but he missed. Thus ended his exceptional run of 20 successful goal kicks.Barely 10 minutes from the end, however, Pinder and his fellow replacement, Steve Swindall, exchanged passes on a thrust up the right touchline as the prelude to swift crossfield passes for Andy Craig to make the final thrust that sent Shaw in for a try. Howarth converted, and Leinster's lead was down to 15-13.In Leinster's riposte Hall was taken out early as he waited to gather a kick in his own 22. It was only fractionally early, but it was early, allowing Leinster to turn the screws. Glasgow seemed to have survived, but Fergus Thomson was penalised for delaying a throw-in, and the free kick resulted in the home pack driving over for Gissing's try.Howell's conversion seemed to have denied Glasgow a bonus. Howarth, however, saved it with his third penalty goal after lead-up efforts by Shaw and Craig.Leinster - David Hewitt; Kieran Lewis, Christian Warner, David Quinlan, Gary Brown; David Holwell, Brian O"Meara; John Lyne, David Blaney, Ricky Nebbett, Leo Cullen (captain), Ben Gissing, Ciaran Potts, Des Dillon, Shane Jennings. Substitutes - Gavin Hickie for Blaney (29-40 minutes), Niall Ronan for Jennings (55), Aidan McCullen for Potts (61), Brian O"Riordan for O"Meara (63), Peter Coyle for Lyne. Replacements not used - James Norton, John McWeeney.Tries, Holwell, Jennings, Holwell; conversions, Howell 2; penalty goal, Howell.Glasgow - Colin Shaw; Rory Kerr, Andy Craig, Gareth Maclure, Kenny Logan (captain); Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Andrew Kelly, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Cammy Mather, John Beattie, Andrew Wilson. Substitutes - Sam Pinder for Beveridge (48), David Millard for Maclure (65), Steve Swindall for Wilson (68), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (74), Colin Gregor for Pinder (83). Replacements not used - Eric Milligan, Joe Beardshaw.Try, Shaw; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth 3.Referee - Neil Ballard (Wales).Leinster 22, Glasgow 16A late penalty goal by Calvin Howarth salvaged a Celtic League bonus point for Glasgow at Donnybrook tonight. But they ought to have taken more than that from a match played on a greasy pitch, though the overhead conditions were dry and cool.Two Leinster tries had Glasgow 0-12 down after only 11 minutes. Thereafter the visitors were having to play catch-up, but they were no farther forward at 3-12 at the interval. In the second half, however, they were the better, more positive team, and when Colin Shaw finished off an admirable phase of continuity, with Howarth converting, the margin was down to one point.But Glasgow could not hold that position, far less take it on from there. Instead, Ben Gissing scored Leinster's third try, and David Holwell's conversion seemed to have wrest the bonus point from Glasgow. Howarth saved it in injury time. So excitement ended a game that had promised much, though it was littered with too many turnovers, both ways, especially in the first half.Even defeat with a bonus point, however, meant that the day ended better than it had been earlier, with the news that Euan Murray had been suspended from rugby for 12 weeks. The ban, imposed by Scottish Rugby's discipline panel, followed the prop's red card in the league game against Llanelli Scarlets at Hughenden a week ago. The process of lodging an appeal had started almost as soon as the suspension was intimated.A chip and chase by David Quinlan provided the platform for Holwell's opening try for Leinster after only three minutes. Howell also converted, and eight minutes later Shane Jennings squeezed over in the right corner. Holwell missed the goal.Between those tries Glasgow had a golden chance of a try when Howarth thrust through the middle into the home 22. But Andy Craig's support was thwarted.That was to be the story of the remainder of the first half - apart from a penalty goal each by Howarth in 17 minutes and Howell in 27. Gareth Maclure knocked on stretching for Graeme Beveridge's flat pass off lineout ball in the home 22, John Beattie was cut down with the line in sight after Rory Kerr's intrusion on his "wrong" wing, and just before half-time Beattie, Andrew Hall, Kevin Tkachuk (twice), Kerr, and Andrew Wilson liaised in a concerted assault that promised much but realised nothing.Glasgow had a much better second half, though for more than half an hour it produced nothing but a Howarth goal after Kerr had set up a ruck that procured the penalty.Shaw's run, chip, and chase preluded a hopeful phase, with Kenny Logan, Gareth Maclure, and Tkachuk prominent in the follow-up. Later Beattie released Sam Pinder on a long touchline run out of the Glasgow half, the replacement scrum half denied in the Leinster 22 by his opposite number, Brian O"Riordan. That provided the chance for another Howarth penalty goal, but he missed. Thus ended his exceptional run of 20 successful goal kicks.Barely 10 minutes from the end, however, Pinder and his fellow replacement, Steve Swindall, exchanged passes on a thrust up the right touchline as the prelude to swift crossfield passes for Andy Craig to make the final thrust that sent Shaw in for a try. Howarth converted, and Leinster's lead was down to 15-13.In Leinster's riposte Hall was taken out early as he waited to gather a kick in his own 22. It was only fractionally early, but it was early, allowing Leinster to turn the screws. Glasgow seemed to have survived, but Fergus Thomson was penalised for delaying a throw-in, and the free kick resulted in the home pack driving over for Gissing's try.Howell's conversion seemed to have denied Glasgow a bonus. Howarth, however, saved it with his third penalty goal after lead-up efforts by Shaw and Craig.Leinster - David Hewitt; Kieran Lewis, Christian Warner, David Quinlan, Gary Brown; David Holwell, Brian O"Meara; John Lyne, David Blaney, Ricky Nebbett, Leo Cullen (captain), Ben Gissing, Ciaran Potts, Des Dillon, Shane Jennings. Substitutes - Gavin Hickie for Blaney (29-40 minutes), Niall Ronan for Jennings (55), Aidan McCullen for Potts (61), Brian O"Riordan for O"Meara (63), Peter Coyle for Lyne. Replacements not used - James Norton, John McWeeney.Tries, Holwell, Jennings, Holwell; conversions, Howell 2; penalty goal, Howell.Glasgow - Colin Shaw; Rory Kerr, Andy Craig, Gareth Maclure, Kenny Logan (captain); Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Andrew Kelly, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Cammy Mather, John Beattie, Andrew Wilson. Substitutes - Sam Pinder for Beveridge (48), David Millard for Maclure (65), Steve Swindall for Wilson (68), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (74), Colin Gregor for Pinder (83). Replacements not used - Eric Milligan, Joe Beardshaw.Try, Shaw; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth 3.Referee - Neil Ballard (Wales).