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.
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
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,
Replacements: Brophy, B Blaney, Gannon, Crawford, O'Riordan,
Glasgow: Metcalfe, Millard, Morrison, Henderson, Lamont, Parks,
Beveridge, A. Kelly, G. Bulloch, Murray, Hall, Ross, Reid,
Replacements: Lawson, Proudfoot, Beardshaw, R. McKay, McMillian,