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Warriors finish season with humiliating defeat in Dublin

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EXPECTATIONS weren’t excessive for Glasgow Warriors going into this match however only a few individuals, if anybody, might have anticipated that it will go as badly because it did. The guests began brightly to take an early lead by a Zander Fagerson strive, transformed by Ross Thompson, and stayed in entrance till the 14th minute. However then Richie Grey picked up a yellow-card when his shoulder made contact with Leinster scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park’s jaw at a ruck, and thereafter it was a horror present for Danny Wilson’s facet, who coughed up 12 tries in whole and it might simply have been extra.

This was the staff’s heaviest defeat in any competitors since they have been hammered 90-19 by Leicester Tigers within the Heineken Cup in 1997, and the one different time they’ve misplaced by a wider margin was after they have been smashed 76-9 in opposition to AS Montferrand in 1996. Warriors have now misplaced 5 video games on the bounce, with the final two performances particularly – this and  the 28-11 capitulation to Edinburgh a fortnight in the past – setting alarm bells ringing.

There isn’t any doubt Leinster are a top-quality facet, even when lacking numerous front-liners as was the case right here, however the best way the wheels got here off on this match is completely unacceptable. It was humiliating for anybody related to the membership, the type of efficiency and final result which inevitably results in heads rolling in skilled sport.

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“All of us take duty for this sport,” mentioned shellshocked head coach Wilson when requested about how this efficiency may influence his personal place. “I do imagine we have been heading in the right direction and our outcomes over the season have been higher than final season. We’ve had some large wins this season, however that’s what goes ot be on everybody’s minds fo the following few months.

“I perceive how that feels for everyone,” he added. “I can guarantee you that everybody within the altering room is absolutely conscious that we’ve let lots of people down with our efficiency at present. In our final two video games we’ve dropped off a cliff.

“It’s extraordinarily, extraordinarily disappointing. It’s an unacceptable scoreline and an unacceptable efficiency. The gamers have mentioned the identical and each single one in every of us has to take duty – me, finally, and everybody concerned in what was on the market at present.”

Leinster kicked to the touch following Grey’s carding after which motored the line-out drive dwelling with hooker Dan Sheehan claiming the strive, then Thompson despatched the restart out on the total and winger Jordan Armour swept in for a scond rating in as many minutes straight from the scrum on midway, after which some fairly passive defence led to second-row Joe McCarthy bulldozing in for strive quantity three simply earlier than Warriors returned to full power.

Warriors did handle to rally briefly, and got here near pulling a strive again when Gregor Brown peeled off a line-out drive and wrestle over the road, however man-of-the-match Larmour managed to snaffle possession earlier than the ball was grounded.  That proved to be the final time Glasgow have been actually within the contest, with Sheehan getting his second and his staff’s fourth strive off one other pushed line-out with simply over a minute of the half remaining.


If it had been a boxing match, the towel would have been in already, however Glasgow had not place to cover and Leinster – smarting from final weekend’s Heineken Cup Closing defeat to La Rochelle – have been in no temper for exhibiting mercy. Residence No 8 Caelan Doris claimed strive quantity 5 with simply 4 minutes of the second half performed, earlier than Ollie Smith was yellow-carded for a deliberate knock-on with Leinster gamers lining up on the left to complete off what would have been strive quantity six.

Simply as occurred within the first half, Leinster scored three tries throughout their time with an additional man, with alternative tight-head Michael Ala’alatoa subsequent on the scoresheet, shortly adopted by Gibson-Park after which centre Garry Ringrose.

“We conceded 40 factors throughout two yellow card.. We will’t be taking part in Leinster with 14 males for any interval. You can’t be passive in opposition to Leinster. We sat off them as a result of we have been numbers down. The primary yellow card killed us and the second killed us as effectively,” mirrored Wilson afterwards, which could effectively be true however hardly makes this any simpler to swallow.

There was a short respite for Glasgow when Leinster cleared their bench and Sione Tuipulotu adopted by Rufus McLean and Kiran McDonald capitalised on a dip in dwelling focus to streak up area, resulting in a second strive for the guests which was scored by George Horne, however regular service shortly resumed when Larmour scored once more to make it 57-14.

Thereafter, it descended into excessive farce, with Ciaran Frawley choosing off a slack Smith move on midway and cantering dwelling, Luke McGrath scoring a strive which was virtually as straightforward only a minute later’s strive a minute later was virtually as straightforward, and Jimmy O’Brien piled the ultimate dollop of distress on high of Glasgow when he claimed strive quantity 12 with 4 minutes left to play.

“We fell aside on the finish with conceding extra tries,” mentioned Wilson. “It’s very laborious, very painful in the meanwhile. We have to take a look at that and enhance dramatically going into subsequent season.”


Groups – 

Leinster: J O’Brien; J Larmour, G Ringrose (R Henshaw 58), C Frawley, R O’Loughlin; R Byrne (H Byrne 66), J Gibson-Park (L McGrath 58); A Porter (C Healy 58) D Sheehan (S Cronin, 58), R Furlong (M Ala’alatoa 43), J McCarthy, J Ryan (R Molony 58), R Baird, J van der Flier (J Conan 59), C Doris.

Glasgow Warriors: O Smith; J McKay, S Tuipulotu, S Johnson, R McLean; R Thompson (D Miotti. 68), A Worth (G Horne 49); J Bhatti (O Kebble 49), G Turner (F Brown 41), Z Fagerson (S Berghan 49), R Harley (L Bean 59), R Grey, R Wilson (Okay McDonald 59), G Brown (T Gordon 62), J Dempsey.

Referee: Andrea Piardi (Italy)


Scorers – 

Leinster: Tries: Sheehan 2, Larmour 2, McCarthy, Doris, Ala’alatoa, Gibson-Park, Ringrose, Frawley, McGrath, O’Brien; Con: R Byrne 6, H Byrne 2.

Glasgow Warriors: Tries: Fagerson, Horne; Con: Thompson 2.

Scoring sequence (Leinster first): 0-5; 0-7; 5-7; 7-7; 12-7; 14-7; 19-7; 21-7; 26-7 (h-t) 31-7; 33-7; 38-7; 40-7; 45-7; 47-7; 52-7; 52-12; 52-14; 57-14; 62-14; 64-14; 69-14; 71-14; 76-14.


Yellow playing cards –

Glasgow Warriors: Grey (14mins), Smith (46mins)


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