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LEINSTER LIONS 31, GLASGOW 30
New Scottish international outside half Dan Parks had the chance to win the game for Glasgow in the fourth minute of injury time but his kick slipped past the upright.
That meant the former Celtic League champions Leinster managed their first back-to-back victories in the league since November to pick up some vital points.
Both sides crossed for three tries, but it was the boot of home scrum half Brian O’Meara that made the crucial difference as he helped himself to 16 points with four penalties and two conversions.
While Glasgow matched their hosts try for try, Parks could only hit the target with three penalties and three conversions to leave the Scottish side agonisingly short of what would have been a notable triumph.
Parks helped hoist Glasgow into a 14-6 lead after 25 minutes with a hand in the first try of the night by international full back Glenn Metcalfe. The Australian-born outside half added the conversion and that put him on the road to a 20 point haul on the night.
Yet despite their early promise, Glasgow found themselves 18-14 adrift at the break after the home side had hit back with tries from lock Ben Gissing and James Norton.
A 10 point burst from Parks at the start of the second half, including a try, gave Glasgow the upper hand before replacement James Downey grabbed his first provincial try. O’Meara’s conversion put Leinster back in front and he twice swapped penalties with Parks before the game went into injury time.
Then came Parks’ chance to steal the glory, but his last gasp kick just drifted wide to leave Leinster with the victory and the visitors with a solitary bonus point.