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Published: 14:09 | 21/10/17

Leinster earn bonus-point win at Glasgow


Leinster powered to a 34-18 win against Glasgow at Scotstoun to maintain their perfect start to their Champions Cup Pool 3 campaign.

Two tries from Cian Healy and further scores from Johnny Sexton and Noel Reid in the second half gave Leinster a bonus point that puts them in control of Pool 3 after their bruising victory over Montpellier last week in their opening fixture.

The visitors started brightly, adapting quicker to the swirling conditions in Glasgow and gained early reward with Sexton, returning after missing last week with a dead leg, kicked an early penalty.

Glasgow eventually got into their stride and after Finn Russell levelled the scores, a well-crafted move saw Stuart Hogg pounce on Tommy Seymour's deft kick to ground just before the dead ball line.

The hosts had wrestled the initiative and laid seige inside Leinster's 22m line for long periods but the three-time European champions are well drilled in such situations and Glasgow's indiscipline enabled them to avoid falling further behind.

When they had the ball, the Leinster forwards held the edge and were clinical in front of the Glasgow line. Loose head Cian Healy burrowed over from a couple of yards and after another period of Glasgow pressure was soaked up, Healy repeated the dose barging over the whitewash in stoppage time to go into the break leading 17-10.

Leinster had clearly rattled their hosts with that late first-half counter and extended their lead soon after the break with Sexton going over the line after a lovely wraparound with Scott Fardy, making his Champions Cup debut for Leinster.

Glasgow reduced the arrears when Seymour went over in the corner after fast hands from Horne and Hogg, but Russell missed the extra points with the kick, while Sexton was relentless, adding another penalty to open the gap to 11 points with 12 minutes remaining.

Sexton ensured that the lead remained out of Glasgow's reach with a last-ditch try-saving tackle on Sam Johnson after the Australian had made a 60-metre dash for the line.

Glasgow looked increasingly desperate and having exhausted their replacements noticably tired late on with Noel Hunt taking advantage pouncing through a hole in the defence to grab the bonus point and cap a magnificent win for Leinster.

Image: ©INPHO/ Ryan Byrne

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