Date Time Competition Season
22 October 2023 4:00 pm United Rugby Championship 2023/24

Match Report

Leinster Suffer Opening Round Defeat To Warriors

A near full strength Glasgow Warriors comfortably beat an inexperienced Leinster side 43-25 at Scotstoun to secure their first domestic win over the Irish province since 2019. 

Leinster, who finished top of the URC regular season in the last campaign, were without a large portion of their Ireland contingent and played their first game following the retirement of legendary fly-half Johnny Sexton. 

Glasgow Warriors, with seven players returning from the Rugby World Cup, made a good start with skilful play from the backs getting their hands free in the tackles. 

The home side were knocking on the door for the game’s opening try but a strong hit by former All Black Charlie Ngatai overturned possession. 

But it was one of the returning Scotland internationals, Rory Darge, that broke through tackles with a bulldozing carry and offloaded to Josh McKay, who raced under the sticks. 

Leinster hit back with a Harry Byrne penalty almost immediately from the kick off and despite having very little possession and territory inside the opposing quarter they cut the deficit to four points.

The lively Ngatai’s strong carry resulted in Darge going in at the side, allowing Byrne knocking over a second penalty.

However, Sebastian Cancelliere raced away to score in the corner by walking the tightrope of the whitewash after an exquisite offload by Fraser Brown. 

Jack Boyle, making his first Leinster start, barged his way over from close range after a number of phases on the Glasgow line to momentarily overturn the deficit. 

That was before Glasgow reestablished their lead after an unbelievable piece of improvisation from Stafford McDowall put Huw Jones away to score. 

Glasgow secured the four-try bonus point on the stroke of half time as hooker Angus Fraser went over off a driving maul to score on his first appearance at Scotstoun. 

There was still time at the end of the first stanza for four minutes of constant Leinster pressure but the likes of Greg Peterson and Fraser saw off the Irish pressure with a phenomenal defensive set.

Leinster made a fast start to the second half with Byrne kicking the visitors to the corner after a breakdown penalty.

That resulted in Lee Barron crossing from a well worked driving maul to bring the deficit to just four points. 

Leinster’s momentum continued to build as Cancelliere was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on. 

However, moments after coming on the loudest cheer of the day occurred as replacement George Horne raced away to score Glasgow’s fifth try.

Leinster pushed hard in the final quarter with repeated entries into the 22 and after Liam Turner had a try disallowed, Sam Prendergast picked out Tommy O’Brien for their four-try bonus point touchdown to setup a grandstand finish.

But any hopes of a comeback were concluded by Johnny Matthews’ late score and Jordan Larmour sent to the sin bin for repeated infringements close to the Glasgow try line. 

Things went from bad to worse for the Irish province as they ended the game with 13, conceding a late penalty try and a yellow card to Brian Deeny for bringing down a maul heading for the line. 

Glasgow Warriors

15Josh McKay Full-Back 12'
14Sebastian Cancelliere Winger 20'
13Huw Jones Centre 32'
12Stafford McDowall Centre
11Kyle Steyn 22 Winger
10Tom Jordan 23 Fly-Half 13', 33'
9Jamie Dobie Scrum-Half
1Oli Kebble 17 Prop
2Angus Fraser 16 Hooker 37'
3Zander Fagerson 18 Prop
4Greg Peterson Lock
5Scott Cummings 19 Lock
6Gregor Brown 21 Flanker
7Rory Darge Flanker
8Henco Venter 20 No. 8
16Johnny Matthews 2 Hooker 74'
17Nathan McBeth 1 Prop
18Lucio Sordoni 3 Prop
19Alex Samuel 5 Lock
20Ally Miller 8 Flanker
21Tom Gordon 6 Flanker
22George Horne 11 Scrum-Half 52'
23Duncan Weir 10 Fly-Half


15Ciaran Frawley Fly-Half
14Tommy O’Brien Centre 71'
13Liam Turner 22 Winger
12Charlie Ngatai Centre
11Jordan Larmour Winger 74'
10Harry Byrne Fly-Half 29', 45'
15', 18'
9Luke McGrath 21 Scrum-Half
1Jack Boyle 17 Prop 28'
2John McKee 16 Hooker
3Tom Clarkson 18 Prop
4Ross Molony Lock
5Jason Jenkins 19 Lock
6Max Deegan No. 8
7Scott Penny 23 Flanker
8James Culhane 20 No. 8
16Lee Barron 2 Hooker 44'
17Paddy McCarthy 1 Prop
18Rory McGuire 3 Prop
19Brian Deeny 5 Lock 78'
20Rhys Ruddock 8 Flanker
21Cormac Foley 9 Scrum-Half
22Sam Prendergast 13 Fly-Half
23Will Connors 7 Flanker

Past Meetings

(Round 8)
40 - 5
United Rugby Championship
Royal Dublin Society

Leinster v Glasgow Warriors

76 - 14
United Rugby Championship
Royal Dublin Society

Leinster v Glasgow Warriors

(Round 5)
15 - 31
United Rugby Championship
Scotstoun Stadium

Glasgow Warriors v Leinster

(Round 13)
40 - 21
Royal Dublin Society

Leinster v Glasgow Warriors

(Round 4)
19 - 32
Scotstoun Stadium

Glasgow Warriors v Leinster


Scotstoun Stadium
Danes Drive, Glasgow City, Scotland, G14 9BH, United Kingdom

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