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Academy product's hat-trick helps Leinster to comfortable win over Glasgow

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Rob Russell of Leinster dives over to score his side's fifth try during the United Rugby Championship match between Leinster and Glasgow Warriors at RDS Arena in Dublin. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Rob Russell ran in a hat-trick of tries as United Rugby Championship leaders Leinster outgunned Glasgow Warriors 40-5 at the RDS.

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A brace from winger Russell, adding to Dave Kearney’s opening try, had the hosts leading 21-0 at half-time. Ross Byrne, Ireland’s late goal-kicking hero against Australia, landed three conversions.

Glasgow, who had nine players back from Scotland camp, opened their account with 30 minutes remaining through Argentinian international Sebastian Cancelliere.

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However, Leinster replacement Michael Milne bagged a 55th-minute bonus point try, and their eighth straight win of the season was completed by late efforts from Russell and replacement John McKee.

Leo Cullen’s men opened the scoring off some maul pressure, with Jamie Osborne’s bouncing pass putting Kearney over in the seventh minute. Byrne converted from near the left touchline.

A sublime piece of skill from Charlie Ngatai sent Russell over in the right corner just five minutes later, with Byrne making it 14-0.

Glasgow captain Kyle Steyn and Cancelliere then exploited some gaps in the home defence, but Luke McGrath came up with a crucial steal.

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Cullen’s side conjured a second score for Russell, who slipped through after an inviting McGrath offload. Byrne nailed another difficult kick from out wide.

Glasgow had their moments, yet Cancelliere frustratingly knocked on and they were unable to punish a high number of penalties leaked by Leinster.

An eye-catching Oli Kebble break sparked the best out of Glasgow early in the second half. Following Ronan Kelleher’s sin-binning for a cynical infringement at a ruck, a Brown maul try was ruled out for a ‘flying wedge’ offence.

Cancelliere did register their first points in the 48th minute, on the back of an Alex Samuel surge through the middle, but Glasgow’s challenge gradually petered out.

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From a quick tap, the returning Kelleher supported Milne as he piled over the line for Byrne to convert.

Some excellent footwork from replacement Chris Cosgrave teed up Russell’s third try in the 71st minute.

A sixth try followed for the Irish province, McKee latching onto a breaking ball after a kick over the top from Osborne. Byrne’s younger brother Harry converted.

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sean 2 hours ago
The bite don't match the bark

Yeah, he has a few good points… I disagree that our 7s haven't done anything, we won Bronze in 2016, and we were virtually unplayable to the backend of the “teens” winning the series. 7s is far more competitive globally than Union, so it's fair to say we haven't dominated, but we are almost always contenders. But I do agree that our national side doesn't perform nearly as well as it should between World Cups, and I do agree that our supporters can be too passionate and the opitimity of what Rugby stands against. I have said so many times. And I also believe some context needs to be taken into account with Saturday's win for Ireland. They're a really good team! Settled coaching staff, and bar a few legends retiring, they've had a full season and plenty of time together. We have some youngsters being groomed for the future, have played only 3 games now under a new coaching team with new philosophies and game plans. I'm excited by what the future of this team holds, as much as I am disappointed by the result. But unlike this article suggests, I am never going to take away from what Ireland has achieved, is achieving, and where they're heading. As a Rugby fan, I love the tight games, like the last two weekends. As a Bok Super Fan, I agree we don't perform as well as we should. And as an aside, you come play a game at 7am on our fields, bud. -2°c and frost on the field that is as hard as concrete…. Then we’ll see just how tough you are. Well done Ireland! They played well, and gave our boys a lot to think about. That's what you want from the top two teams in the world. Rugby won. The fans of this greatbsport won. A'n bullshit like this article is why Rugby is losing its identity. I don't like soccer. This article perpetuates the soccer influences the game of Rugby is starting to see. It's why Wayne Barnes retired, feared for his family, and he isn't the only ref to say so. I have called out many Bok fans for being an embarrassment to the game, and I will continue to do so. Rugbypass.com, this article is close to the same bullshit. You should be better.

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