Glasgow Gain Final Revenge
Glasgow Warriors have avenged their PRO12 final heartache with a hard-fought 22-20 victory over reigning champions Leinster.
Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg held his nerve to land an overtime penalty and seal victory for the Warriors just four months after they were walloped by the Leinstermen in the PRO12 final.
Matt O’Connor’s men roared to a 34-12 win on home soil at the RDS Arena in May as they claimed back-to-back PRO12 titles, but they struggled to make a case for the defence of the trophy in their season curtain-raiser.
Glasgow raced to a 19-3 half-time lead before Leinster produced a thrilling comeback to take a single-point lead with five minutes to play.
There was to be a bitter final twist for Leinster, though, as British and Irish Lion Hogg slotted a three-pointer in the 83rd minute to snatch victory from the clutches of defeat.
Tries from Peter Horne, Jonny Gray and captain Josh Strauss had given Glasgow a commanding lead at the break before a Jimmy Gopperth penalty and converted scores from Jack McGrath and Tom Denton saw Leinster seize the intiative, only for Hogg to sneak it in the end for the GlasgowLADS