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Last Updated: Friday, 2 April, 2004, 20:54 GMT 21:54 UK
Leinster 31-30 Glasgow
CELTIC LEAGUE
Brian O'Meara kicked 15 points for Leinster
Leinster (18) 31
Tries: Gissing, Downey, Norton
Cons: O'Meara 2
Pens: O'Meara 4
Glasgow: (14) 30
Tries: Metcalfe, Bulloch, Parks
Cons: Parks 3
Pens: Parks 3
Att: 4,500
Leinster recorded back-to-back Celtic League wins for the first time since November in edging out lowly Glasgow in a six-try thriller at Donnybrook.

The Irish side scored tries through Ben Gissing, James Downey and James Norton with Brian O'Meara kicking 16 points.

Dan Parks scored a try and kicked 15 points with Gordon Bulloch and Glenn Metcalfe also touching down.

The lead changed hands a number of times with Parks missing a penalty in injury time to claim a dramatic win.

Glasgow were 14-6 lead ahead after 25 minutes against the run of play, chalking up their first try in the 18th minute.

A fine Parks' touch saw the Scots claim line-out ball, and full-back Metcalfe chipped forward to glean a fortunate rebound off Felipe Contepomi to go under the posts.

Parks converted and following a second O'Meara penalty, Glasgow hooker Bulloch managed to step inside Norton to bulldoze over with the fly-half again converting.

However, with nine minutes of the first period left lock Gissing crashed over in the left corner after a quick tap by O'Meara who also added the extra points.

Norton then claimed his third try in two games in the 35th minute to ease Leinster into 18-14 half-time lead.

But Parks ran matters after the restart, chipping in with 10 quick-fire points including a fine try engineered by Jon Petrie.

Four minutes shy of the hour mark the Lions regained the lead through replacement Downey, touching down for his first provincial try off a Gary Brown inside flick. O'Meara's conversion gave Leinster a one-pont lead again.

O'Meara and Parks then exchanged penalties with the Scot twice closing the gap back to one point in the 74th and 79th minutes.

Parks had a chance four minutes into injury time to steal the win - but his kick went to the right of the posts.


Leinster: Dempsey, Brown, D'Arcy, Contepomi, Norton, Leek, O'Meara, J. Lyne, D Blaney, Coyle, Kearney, Gissing, McCullen, Ronan, Dillon.
Replacements: Brophy, B Blaney, Gannon, Crawford, O'Riordan, Downey, O'Shea.

Glasgow: Metcalfe, Millard, Morrison, Henderson, Lamont, Parks, Beveridge, A. Kelly, G. Bulloch, Murray, Hall, Ross, Reid, MacFadyen, Petrie.
Replacements: Lawson, Proudfoot, Beardshaw, R. McKay, McMillian, Howarth, MacLure.




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