So Close For Warriors

Glasgow Warriors 18 Leinster 21Glasgow Warriors came agonisingly close to beating top of the table Leinster tonight at Firhill in a match that held some scintillating running, some hare-scarem passing and a fair amount of controversial decisions from Welsh referee Hugh Watkins.a??We were the architects of our own demisea?? said Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen._a??Our accuracy on the ball was not great and our passing wasna?'t great but ultimately what I was pleased with was the passion they played with and particularly the performances of some of the youngsters, guys like Stuart Corsar, John Beattie, Ben Prescott, Fergus Thomson and James Eddie a?" just look at Stuart Corsara?'s try!_A brick wall could have been in front of him and he still woulda?"ve scored.a??I disagreed with a number of the refereea?'s decisions but thata?'s not why we lost._For twenty minutes in that game, we were effectively 14 against 18._Ita?'s very frustrating but thata?'s part and parcel of the game.a??The players are really down in the changing room, theya?"re hurting, but they played with such guts and determination and thata?'s why, looking towards next season and the youngsters coming through,_Ia?"m not as disappointed as maybe I could be.a??Glasgow started well with an air of fire and passion about them and took the lead with a Dan Parks penalty (3-0) but their discipline let them down as they gave away two penalties in as many minutes a?" luckily Contepomi only slotted one of them (3-3).Their discipline was not the only thing letting Glasgow down as all too often their erratic midfield passing didna?'t go to hand and they lost valuable, hard won possession._Ireland captain Brian Oa?'driscoll had a relatively rare break in what was a quite game before him before he retired injured, but was hauled down before reaching the line._However no sooner had that international central attacking force been thwarted than his Glasgow counterpart was taken out of the game a?" but only for ten minutes a?" as Man of the Match Andy Henderson was sin binned for pulling on a Leinster playera?'s (who reacted to the jersey tugging like an Oscar-hunting soccer player) shirt.That move came as a huge blow for Glasgow as Leinster retaliated with two tries, the latter of which resulting from what seemed to be a clearly forward pass from Oa?'driscoll to scorer Rob Kearney, taking the Glaswegians 3-15 behind into the break.Andy Henderson soon made up for his early misdemeanour in the second half with a spectacular solo try._It looked, while he galloped towards the try line with his intercepted ball, that he might not have the pace to make the full half-length of the pitch run but he sold an outrageous dummy pass to Hefin Oa?"Hare, which Leinster defender Rob Kearney bought and was left sprawled on the ground as Henderson crossed the try line, much to the delight of the exceptionally vocal Glasgow crowd._Dan Parks converted to bring the score to 10-15.Glasgowa?'s half time talk obviously worked as their pressure continued including an impressive turn of pace from Spencer Davey, several huge tackles by Hefin Oa?"Hare and some feisty breakdown play from Fergus Thomson._Many of those watching tonighta?'s game may have assumed that Leinster had come to secure their top of the table bid and walk all over Glasgow, even at this point in the game many must have assumed that Leinster were about to step up a gear and close the game down but Glasgow just didna?'t let them._No matter the indiscipline and giving away further penalties and even when captain Donnie Macfadyen was sin binned for what was the fourth time the Warriors were penalised for hands in the ruck in the second half alone, the Warriors defence stood strong, determined to keep the Irishmen from crossing the line and the Firhill crowd were loving it.With Colin Gregor on his usual sniping form, making several breaks over the gainline, the Warriors looked like they were in for another try as they entered the last quarter of the game but Gregora?'s chip over the last man to beat was not quite high enough and landed in the oppositiona?'s hands.The sidea?'s traded penalties before a surprise substitution for Glasgow when Graeme Morrison, originally not in the side, made his return from injury and took the field for Hefin Oa?"Hare , making a bruising contribution in the final ten minutes and looking sharp and strong.The crowd were lifted by his performance and by a move which would certainly have challenged his title of a??Try of the Yeara?" if the SPRA awards had been later in the season a?" Stuart Corsar, newly on the field as a sub for Ben Prescott, took the pass around 10 metres out from the Leinster line and from the moment he touched the ball, there was no doubting that he would cross the whitewash, even with three Leinster defenders hanging off him he still powered his way over showing impressive strength and determination (18-21)._The crowd rewarded him, and the team, with the chant of a??Glasgow, Glasgowa?", which had not been heard at Firhill for a fair while but the Warriorsa?" fightback was just too late to make up those final three points.With a Heineken Cup place still up for grabs, the Warriors will be giving it their all in the final two games of the season a?" Friday at Firhill against Llanelli Scarlets (7.10pm) and the following Friday away to Connacht.GLASGOW WARRIORSColin Shaw, Spencer Davey, Hefin Oa?"Hare (Graeme Morrison 72 mins), Andrew Henderson, Rory Lamont, Dan Parks, Colin Gregor, Kevin Tkachuk, Fergus Thomson, Ben Prescott (Stuart Corsar 67 mins), James Eddie, Dan Turner (Craig Hamilton 60 mins), Andrew Wilson (John Barclay 60 mins), Donnie Macfadyen (CAPTAIN), John BeattieSubs not used: Eric Milligan, Steve Swindall, Iain MonaghanLEINSTERGirvan Dempsey, Rob Kearney (Keiran Lewis 80 mins), Brian Oa?'driscoll (CAPTAIN) (Gordon Da?"Arcy 40mins), Shane Horgan, Denis Hickie, Felipe Contepomi, Guy Easterby, Reggie Corrigan (Ronan McCormack 68 mins), Bernard Jackman (Brian Blaney 63 mins), Emmet Byrne, Adam Byrnes (Ben Gissing 69 mins), Malcom Oa?"Kelly, Eric Miller, Jamie Haslip, Keith Gleeson.Subs not used: Niall Ronan, Brian Oa?"Riordan.SCORERSGlasgow Warriors: Dan Parks C 2P._Andy Henderson T._Stuart Corsar T.Leinster: Felipe Contepomi C 3P._Rob Kearney T._Keith Gleeson T.Glasgow Warriors 18 Leinster 21Glasgow Warriors came agonisingly close to beating top of the table Leinster tonight at Firhill in a match that held some scintillating running, some hare-scarem passing and a fair amount of controversial decisions from Welsh referee Hugh Watkins.a??We were the architects of our own demisea?? said Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen._a??Our accuracy on the ball was not great and our passing wasna?'t great but ultimately what I was pleased with was the passion they played with and particularly the performances of some of the youngsters, guys like Stuart Corsar, John Beattie, Ben Prescott, Fergus Thomson and James Eddie a?" just look at Stuart Corsara?'s try!_A brick wall could have been in front of him and he still woulda?"ve scored.a??I disagreed with a number of the refereea?'s decisions but thata?'s not why we lost._For twenty minutes in that game, we were effectively 14 against 18._Ita?'s very frustrating but thata?'s part and parcel of the game.a??The players are really down in the changing room, theya?"re hurting, but they played with such guts and determination and thata?'s why, looking towards next season and the youngsters coming through,_Ia?"m not as disappointed as maybe I could be.a??Glasgow started well with an air of fire and passion about them and took the lead with a Dan Parks penalty (3-0) but their discipline let them down as they gave away two penalties in as many minutes a?" luckily Contepomi only slotted one of them (3-3).Their discipline was not the only thing letting Glasgow down as all too often their erratic midfield passing didna?'t go to hand and they lost valuable, hard won possession._Ireland captain Brian Oa?'driscoll had a relatively rare break in what was a quite game before him before he retired injured, but was hauled down before reaching the line._However no sooner had that international central attacking force been thwarted than his Glasgow counterpart was taken out of the game a?" but only for ten minutes a?" as Man of the Match Andy Henderson was sin binned for pulling on a Leinster playera?'s (who reacted to the jersey tugging like an Oscar-hunting soccer player) shirt.That move came as a huge blow for Glasgow as Leinster retaliated with two tries, the latter of which resulting from what seemed to be a clearly forward pass from Oa?'driscoll to scorer Rob Kearney, taking the Glaswegians 3-15 behind into the break.Andy Henderson soon made up for his early misdemeanour in the second half with a spectacular solo try._It looked, while he galloped towards the try line with his intercepted ball, that he might not have the pace to make the full half-length of the pitch run but he sold an outrageous dummy pass to Hefin Oa?"Hare, which Leinster defender Rob Kearney bought and was left sprawled on the ground as Henderson crossed the try line, much to the delight of the exceptionally vocal Glasgow crowd._Dan Parks converted to bring the score to 10-15.Glasgowa?'s half time talk obviously worked as their pressure continued including an impressive turn of pace from Spencer Davey, several huge tackles by Hefin Oa?"Hare and some feisty breakdown play from Fergus Thomson._Many of those watching tonighta?'s game may have assumed that Leinster had come to secure their top of the table bid and walk all over Glasgow, even at this point in the game many must have assumed that Leinster were about to step up a gear and close the game down but Glasgow just didna?'t let them._No matter the indiscipline and giving away further penalties and even when captain Donnie Macfadyen was sin binned for what was the fourth time the Warriors were penalised for hands in the ruck in the second half alone, the Warriors defence stood strong, determined to keep the Irishmen from crossing the line and the Firhill crowd were loving it.With Colin Gregor on his usual sniping form, making several breaks over the gainline, the Warriors looked like they were in for another try as they entered the last quarter of the game but Gregora?'s chip over the last man to beat was not quite high enough and landed in the oppositiona?'s hands.The sidea?'s traded penalties before a surprise substitution for Glasgow when Graeme Morrison, originally not in the side, made his return from injury and took the field for Hefin Oa?"Hare , making a bruising contribution in the final ten minutes and looking sharp and strong.The crowd were lifted by his performance and by a move which would certainly have challenged his title of a??Try of the Yeara?" if the SPRA awards had been later in the season a?" Stuart Corsar, newly on the field as a sub for Ben Prescott, took the pass around 10 metres out from the Leinster line and from the moment he touched the ball, there was no doubting that he would cross the whitewash, even with three Leinster defenders hanging off him he still powered his way over showing impressive strength and determination (18-21)._The crowd rewarded him, and the team, with the chant of a??Glasgow, Glasgowa?", which had not been heard at Firhill for a fair while but the Warriorsa?" fightback was just too late to make up those final three points.With a Heineken Cup place still up for grabs, the Warriors will be giving it their all in the final two games of the season a?" Friday at Firhill against Llanelli Scarlets (7.10pm) and the following Friday away to Connacht.GLASGOW WARRIORSColin Shaw, Spencer Davey, Hefin Oa?"Hare (Graeme Morrison 72 mins), Andrew Henderson, Rory Lamont, Dan Parks, Colin Gregor, Kevin Tkachuk, Fergus Thomson, Ben Prescott (Stuart Corsar 67 mins), James Eddie, Dan Turner (Craig Hamilton 60 mins), Andrew Wilson (John Barclay 60 mins), Donnie Macfadyen (CAPTAIN), John BeattieSubs not used: Eric Milligan, Steve Swindall, Iain MonaghanLEINSTERGirvan Dempsey, Rob Kearney (Keiran Lewis 80 mins), Brian Oa?'driscoll (CAPTAIN) (Gordon Da?"Arcy 40mins), Shane Horgan, Denis Hickie, Felipe Contepomi, Guy Easterby, Reggie Corrigan (Ronan McCormack 68 mins), Bernard Jackman (Brian Blaney 63 mins), Emmet Byrne, Adam Byrnes (Ben Gissing 69 mins), Malcom Oa?"Kelly, Eric Miller, Jamie Haslip, Keith Gleeson.Subs not used: Niall Ronan, Brian Oa?"Riordan.SCORERSGlasgow Warriors: Dan Parks C 2P._Andy Henderson T._Stuart Corsar T.Leinster: Felipe Contepomi C 3P._Rob Kearney T._Keith Gleeson T.