Throwback Thursday: Leinster edge Glasgow to claim sixth crown

Bradley West
28 November 2019

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It’s champions versus runners-up in a massive rematch from last season’s Guinness PRO14 final as Glasgow Warriors host Leinster on Saturday evening.

In a dramatic finale to the 2018/19 campaign Leinster edged an enthralling encounter 18-15 at Celtic Park to claim their sixth crown.

Now, back at Scotstoun, Glasgow will be aiming to exact revenge and repeat their regular season victory from April where they triumphed 39-24 in Dublin.

But, that will be easier said than done as Leinster are the only unbeaten side in the Guinness PRO14 and they sit nine points clear with six wins from six at the top of Conference A.

Underdog Warriors start well

Leinster went into last year’s showcase as the undisputed favourites, boasting their multiple titles and star-studded array of talent.

But Glasgow, on the back of a campaign of unprecedented sparkling form, believed they had more than a glimmer of hope and wanted to put a show on for the departing Stuart Hogg.

Their quiet confidence appeared well-founded when they started brilliantly and immediately put pressure on their more favoured opponents.

To the delight of the Celtic Park crowd, Matt Fagerson dotted down early on and despite conceding a score to Garry Ringrose shortly after, Glasgow continued to pile the pressure on and added more points from the boot of Adam Hastings.

Leinster fight back in the rain

It was a breathless opening 20 minutes and the contest only got more dramatic as a series of moments swung the clash decisively in the favour of Leinster.

First, Fraser Brown was stretchered off after suffering a nasty leg injury.

Then Cian Healy put the finishing touches on a powerful team move to score Leinster’s second try and the Irish team took a 15-10 lead into the break.

Leo Cullen’s men rarely give up leads and so it proved again here as they squeezed the life out of Glasgow’s title hopes.

After Kyle Steyn was sent to the bin Jonny Sexton added three more points that appeared to put his side out of sight.

Leinster full-back Rob Kearney was then given a yellow card when he clattered into Hogg in the air, the partisan crowd adamantly believing he should have seen red.

The incident saw a weary Hogg depart the field, ending his Glasgow journey in the worst possible fashion.

The Warriors did, though, come again one final time when Grant Stewart crossed at the death but Hastings missed the conversion and Leinster squashed any further attacks as they held on for the title.

Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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