Leinster have beaten Glasgow 18-15 in the Pro14 final.
Garry Ringrose and Cian Healy scored the tries as Leo Cullen’s charges retained their title – their sixth overall – at Celtic Park.
The Irish province came from behind in front of 47,125 people (a new record final attendance) to end their season on a high after the disappointment of the Champions Cup final.
Leinster had the chance to take a lead in the Glasgow rain, but Johnny Sexton missed his 12th minute penalty.
The Ireland international then misplaced a pass in the 14th minute, allowing the alert Tommy Seymour to steal possession.
Adam Hastings eventually kicked to touch after Seymour was halted by an excellent Robbie Henshaw tackle, and Jonny Gray subsequently stole Leinster’s resulting lineout.
Matt Fagerson eventually dived over the line for Glasgow’s first try, and Hastings duly converted to give the home side a 7-0 lead.
However, Leinster responded within a minute.
Stuart Hogg was too slow to get his kick off inside his own 22, allowing a determined Luke McGrath to block his clearance.
The ball ricocheted into the corner wide on the right, where Garry Ringrose appeared to ground the ball before anyone else could react.
Sexton missed his conversion, meaning Leinster still trailed by two points.
Hastings added a penalty to Glasgow’s tally after Leinster were penalized for an offside, before the Scottish club lost Fraser Brown to injury.
Leinster scored their second try in the 27th minute.
Cian Healy finished off a move which lasted 17 phases, and Sexton nailed his conversion this time to give Leinster the lead for the first time.
Sexton tuned out the boos to split the posts with a penalty four minutes before the break, giving Leinster a 15-10 lead at half-time.
Glasgow lost Kyle Steyn to the sin bin in the 49th minute after he was punished for stopping a promising Leinster breakaway with a foul on James Lowe (failure to roll away) after a brilliant run from Ringrose.
Leinster opted to kick to the corner, and intense pressure led to another penalty under the posts.
Sexton decided to kick this one, extending the province’s lead to 18-10.
The most contentious moment of the match occurred in the 66th minute.
Rob Kearney was shown a yellow card by Nigel Owens for tackling Hogg in the air, with replays suggesting Hogg’s head hit the ground, and that the Irish full back was lucky not to be sent off.
Hogg departed the pitch for a HIA, and Kearney sat in the sin bin for the allotted 10 minutes before making his return.
The Warriors continued to apply pressure in the relentless rain, and scored their second try in the 75th minute.
Huw Jones moved the ball wide to Grant Stewart, who touched down to make it 18-15.
Hastings missed his conversion from wide on the right, and Leinster held on to make it back-to-back Pro14 titles.
The injured Sean O’Brien appeared on the podium to lift the trophy, ensuring Leinster’s season ended on a high.
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) May 25, 2019
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