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Leinster 34-34 Glasgow: Warriors fight wins share of spoils against Leinster

Leinster 34-34 Glasgow

Leinster and Glasgow Warriors earned three points apiece at the end of an enthralling 34-34 Pro12 draw at the RDS.

The table-topping Warriors were well on top in the first half, establishing a stunning 27-7 interval lead as Peter Horne converted tries from Stuart Hogg, Richie Vernon and Mark Bennett.

The defending champions turned the game on its head by producing a thrilling 24-point turnaround.

Ian Madigan converted a 70th-minute penalty to put the hosts seven points clear, only for Glasgow to hit back just three minutes later, with Glenn Bryce touching down and Horne landing the levelling conversion.

The Scots deservedly took a 7-0 lead after as many minutes. Vernon's offload gave Hogg the opportunity to place the ball at the left-hand post with Horne converting. Horne punished a lineout infringement for three more points before the hosts got a grip on proceedings.

Shane Jennings and Jimmy Gopperth combined to release Fergus McFadden to go over in the right corner. Madigan converted with aplomb for 10-7.

After Vernon scored Horne's conversion restored the 10-point buffer. A third converted try followed for the Warriors six minutes before the break, widening the gap to 20 points.

The second half was just 25 seconds old when Bryce had his clearance kick blocked by Isaac Boss and the Leinster scrum-half won the race to touch down. Madigan swept the conversion over and he quickly tagged on a penalty.

Leinster responded with two tries in three minutes, Murphy going on a terrific run in from the 10-metre line before Boss completed his brace.

After Bryce went over unopposed Horne held his nerve to ensure a share of the spoils.

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