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Leinster secured a comfortable 34-18 victory over Glasgow Warriors in European Champions Cup action at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday.

Tries from Johnny Sexton, Noel Reid and a Cian Healy brace proved too much for Glasgow who scored through Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour.

Sexton gave Leinster a 3-0 lead with a penalty after three minutes but Glasgow fly-half Finn Russell responded on the 15 minute mark.

Glasgow scored the first try of the game on 17 minutes largely thanks to their British and Irish Lions contingent. Russell got the wrap around from Peter Horne and Russell’s clever grubber kick through was booted further ahead by Seymour for Hogg to dot down just within the dead ball line. Russell added the extras for a 10-3 lead,

Soon after, Leinster had the penalty and opted for touch deep in Glasgow territory. The driving maul was halted just short and from the recycled ball Healy powered over from close range. Sexton’s conversion levelled the score at 10-10 after 25 minutes.

Leinster won a penalty after the hooter as reward for their pressure and opted for touch instead of the three points. That gamble paid off when Healy powered over at the back of the driving maul for his brace. Sexton’s conversion gave Leinster a 17-10 lead as they headed into the interval.

Shortly after the interval, Sexton dotted down after his classy give-and-go with Scott Fardy, converting his own try and taking the visitors out to a 24-10 lead.

Glasgow responded as Seymour showed good pace to finish in the corner as the ball was spun wide by the Warriors. Russell missed the conversion but added a penalty 15 minutes later to bring the hosts within a converted try, 24-18 behind and 15 minutes to go.

Sexton stretched Leinster’s advantage back to 27-18 and was taken off immediately afterwards, a sign head coach Leo Cullen felt it might have been job done by his star playmaker.

Reid put the icing on the cake after he cut back inside through a big hole in the Glasgow midfield to race in under the posts to secure the bonus point for Leinster as they ran out 34-18 winners.

The scorers:

For Glasgow:
Tries: Hogg, Seymour
Con: Russell
Pens: Russell 2

For Leinster:
Tries: Healy 2, Sexton, Reid
Cons: Sexton 3, Byrne
Pens: Sexton 2

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