Published: 13:44 | 1/3/21

Cullen relieved after 'mixed' performance

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen said he was relieved to come away with a bonus point victory over Glasgow Warriors at the RDS after what he termed a 'mixed performance'.

With two tries in the opening ten minutes, Leinster looked to be on their way to comfortable victory, but showed poor discipline allowed the visitors back into the game.

Despite being down to 14 men following Adam Hastings' first-half dismissal, the Scottish side fought their way back into the contest and there was just seven points between the sides at 28-21 with 20 minutes to go.

However, Leinster finished the stronger and added two more tries to take the score to 40-21 at the final whistle. 

“The guys started the game with great intent. We had disruptions to deal with before the game, so overall to get the win and the bonus point was very encouraging," Cullen said afterwards.

“We move on to the next challenge. Next week’s game against Ulster is a huge one for us.

“It was a pretty mixed performance bar the first quarter.

“The critical period of the game, just after half-time, we allowed them to gain momentum. Our discipline was not great.

“They scored two tries and suddenly it was game-on even though they had 14 men. I thought the guys showed good composure to turn that around which was pleasing.”

Leinster are six points clear of Ulster at the top of Conference A and travel to the Kingspan Stadium next Saturday (LIVE on eir sport 1 from 7pm).

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