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Fergus McFadden strikes to bring down Glasgow Warriors

Leinster 23-18 Glasgow

Fergus McFadden's last-minute penalty clinched a hard-earned 23-18 victory for Leinster as they battled past defending Guinness PRO12 champions Glasgow Warriors at the RDS.

The Warriors impressed in defence and attack as they built a 13-6 half-time lead, young prop Zander Fagerson going over for a converted try with Duncan Weir and McFadden kicking two penalties apiece.

Luke McGrath and Taqele Naiyaravoro swapped tries in the third quarter, but a double whammy - a yellow card for winger Naiyaravoro and a penalty try - saw Leinster edge ahead and McFadden made certain of the win in the dying seconds.

The Warriors broke the deadlock in the 13th minute, Rob Harley and Rory Hughes having key involvements in a multi-phase attack that eventually finished with the Fagerson muscling over.

Weir's conversion was quickly cancelled out by McFadden's first successful penalty. A second right-sided kick from the winger closed the gap to one by the 21st minute.

Weir then punished Leinster for collapsing an advancing maul, punching over a fine 43-metre strike. He repeated the trick from the opposite left wing as Mike McCarthy infringed at a maul just before the interval.

Leinster made their numerical advantage count on the resumption. Two-and-a-half minutes in, scrum-half McGrath's blindside switch led to Garry Ringrose racing up the right touchline and following a bout of forward pressure, McGrath stretched over for McFadden to convert.

Leinster were only level for six minutes, the Scots hitting back as Fijian Naiyaravoro finished to the right of the posts to make it 18-13.

Leinster were awarded a penalty try, with McFadden's conversion splitting the sides on the scoreboard before he sealed the win with the final kick.

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