Four-try Seymour leads Glasgow to victory

Date published: September 10 2016

Glasgow Warriors wing Tommy Seymour scored four tries as his team claimed a 33-25 victory over Leinster at Scotstoun on Saturday.

After a resounding victory over champions Connacht last weekend, it was Glasgow who opened the scoring at Scotstoun with a try from Seymour. A sublime pass from Sam Johnson made the finish easy for the Scotland winger, adding to the two tries he scored in Galway last week. 

Leinster hit back on 25 minutes with a try from full-back Rob Kearney, with Joey Carbery converting from the touchline. But, the Warriors were back in front just two minutes later. A powerful forward try ended with a rare try for second row Tim Swinson. 

Glasgow were reduced to 14 men when Leonardo Sarto was shown yellow for obstructing the ball on his own line. And from the resulting penalty, Leinster grabbed their second try of the afternoon after a sharp break from openside Josh Van Der Flier. 

On the stroke of half-time, Leinster extended their lead with a third try. An inch perfect cross field kick from Carbery gave Zane Kirchner an easy run in to give Leo Cullen's men a 19-12 lead going into the break. 

Carbery started the second half as he finished the first. His penalty extended Leinster's lead to ten points. However, Glasgow were gifted a route back into the game after a loose pass from Carbery. Seymour spotted the pass and intercepted to sprint in from 40 metres for his second try of the game. 

And Seymour sealed his hat-trick two minutes later with a piece of individual brilliance. With the power to break two tackles, the winger sped past the Leinster defence to dot down under the posts. Carbery kicked another three points to reduce Glasgow's lead to a single point heading into the final fifteen minutes. 

But Seymour wasn't finished. With eight minutes left on the clock, the winger grabbed his fourth score of the afternoon as he powered over against a tired Leinster defence.

The win makes it two from two for the 2014/15 champions before they travel to Cardiff Blues next weekend.

The scorers:

For Glasgow Warriors:
Swinson, Seymour 4
Cons: Pyrgos 4
Yellow Card: Sarto

For Leinster: 
Kearney, Van der Vliet, Kirchner
Cons: Carberry 2
Pens: Carberry 2

Glasgow: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Peter Horne, 9 Henry Pyrgos (cc), 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray (cc), 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Tjiuee Uanivi, 20 Lewis Wynne, 21 Ali Price, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Lee Jones

Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Zane Kirchner, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Noel Reid, 11 Dave Kearney, 10 Joey Carbery, 9 Luke McGrath (c), 8 Jordi Murphy, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Dan Leavy, 5 Ross Molony, 4 Mike McCarthy, 3 Michael Bent, 2 James Tracy, 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 Bryan Byrne, 17 Peter Dooley 18 Tadhg Furlong, 19 Mick Kearney, 20 Dominic Ryan, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Cathal Marsh, 23 O'Loughlin

Referee: Johnny Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Dan Jones (Wales), Dunx McClement (Scotland)
TMO: Gareth Simmonds (Wales)