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Glasgow Warriors vs Leinster Rugby
Guinness Pro14, Round 6
Scotstoun, Glasgow
Saturday, 30th November 2019, 19:35

TV: Live on BT Sports

Leinster got the job done last week.

It wasn't pretty but wins in France rarely are. Lyon did what big French packs generally do and tried to overpower Leinster. But the Leinster defence stood firm and once they got a lead they were able to grind out a win and keep Lyon at arm's length. They will be annoyed that they wasted the few other attacking chances that they had though with some oddly poor decision-making. But overall Leo Cullen will be happy enough.

In the condensed format this year because of the World Cup, Leinster only have a week's break before they're back in European action with a double header against Northampton. But it's certainly not a week off as they face a tricky trip to Glasgow who've probably been one of their most consistent rivals in the Pro14 for the last few years. Leinster beat them in the final in 2014 in the RDS and again in last season's final in Celtic Park. In between, Glasgow won the championship themselves in 2015 and have only missed out on the knock-out stages once since that format was introduced.

They've had a bit of a tough time of it this season though and they suffered badly during the World Cup when they lost three of their first four games including losing away to the Dragons. They've won their last two league games and got a decent opening win over Sale in their first match in Europe. However they were well beaten last week at Exeter. Their coach Dave Rennie is leaving at the end of the season to take the Australia job but he'll be looking to leave on a bright note. He's named a team showing eleven changes to the squad that started last week, but this frankly looks a stronger team with internationals Jonny Gray and Ali Price coming in to make their first starts of the season.

With the Heineken Champions Cup back next week Leo Cullen has opted to rest his entire starting fifteen from last week. So Peter Dooley, James Tracy and Michael Bent form a new front row. Ross Molony captains the team from the second row alongside Devin Toner, and Josh Murphy, Will Connors and Caelan Doris are the backrow. Ross Byrne and Jamison Gibson-Park take over at half back and the O'Brien (non) brothers Conor and Jimmy are in the centre. Hugo Keenan, Adam Byrne and Cian Kelleher complete the backline.

You have to go back to 2012 for Leinster's last league win in Scotstoun. That was a 6-0 win on a miserable night. With the relative strength of the two teams named, you'd have to think that wait for a win will go on.

Team Lineups

Glasgow Warriors

Leinster Rugby
Teams Ruaridh Jackson 15 Hugo Keenan
Tommy Seymour 14 Adam Byrne
Huw Jones 13 Jimmy O'Brien
Sam Johnson 12 Conor O'Brien
Niko Matawalu 11 Cian Kelleher
Pete Horne 10 Ross Byrne
Ali Price 9 Jamison Gibson-Park

Oli Kebble 1 Peter Dooley
George Turner 2 James Tracy
D'arcy Rae 3 Michael Bent
Tim Swinson 4 Ross Molony (C)
Jonny Gray 5 Devin Toner
Rob Harley 6 Josh Murphy
Chris Fusaro 7 Will Connors
Ryan Wilson (C) 8 Caelan Doris

Replacements Grant Stewart 16 Bryan Byrne
Aki Seiuli 17 Ed Byrne
Adam Nicol 18 Jack Aungier
Kiran McDonald 19 Oisin Dowling
Adam Ashe 20
Scott Penny
Nick Frisby 21 Hugh O'Sullivan
Stafford McDowall 22 Ciaran Frawley
Kyle Steyn 23 Fergus McFadden

Not Considered
due to Injury
Siua Halanukonuka,
Scott Cummings,
Jale Vakaloloma,
Callum Gibbins,
Sean Kennedy,
Lee Jones,
Ratu Tagive,
DTH van der Merwe

Dan Leavy,
Barry Daly,
Jack Conan,
Sean Cronin,
Vakh Abdaladze,
Joe Tomane,
Rory O'Loughlin
Officials Referee: Craig Evans (WRU),
Assistant Referees: Mike Adamson (SRU),  Adam Jones (WRU),
TMO: John Mason (WRU)

by Jim O'Connor, © 2019-11-29