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Madigan inspires Leinster to thrilling win

The outhalf scored all of his side’s points in their 22-17 victory over Glasgow ton send them top of the Rabo.

Leinster's Ian Madigan runs in for a try.
Leinster's Ian Madigan runs in for a try.

A VINTAGE PERFORMANCE from out-half Ian Madigan helped Leinster to a 22-17 win over Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect Pro12 at the RDS this evening.

It was, however, a game that Leinster seldom looked like winning.

Ed Kalman gave the visitors the advantage with an early try, after good work from Josh Strauss, with Duncan Weir getting the conversion.

A further penalty from Weir, along with four from Madigan kept the game relatively close, though Peter Horne’s try following a good break from Daniel van der Merwe helped the Scottish side into a 17-12 at the break.

The game remained relatively even after half-time, with both sides getting opportunities to score the crucial next try.

However, it was ultimately Madigan who made the difference, selling a clever dummy deep in opposition territory before running in under the posts.

The Irish international capped off an impressive Man-of-the-Match-winning performance by converting, before adding another penalty shortly thereafter.

There was still time for the Scottish side to give their opponents a scare with seconds remaining.

They appeared on the verge of scoring a try, however referee Nigel Owens controversially penalised Glasgow for a forward pass, bringing a halt to their attack and blowing the final whistle, much to the visitors’ chagrin.

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