Tommy Seymour starred for Glasgow Warriors as he scored four tries in their thrilling 33-25 win over Leinster at Scotstoun Stadium.
The winger, who will have eyes on a British & Irish Lions place next summer, scored the game’s first try with a neat finish in the corner, before Leinster hit back through Rob Kearney.
Two more tries before the break gave Leo Cullen’s side a half-time lead, but Seymour took over in the second period and capitalised on two major Leinster errors to complete his hat-trick.
He then capped off a fine display with a late fourth to secure Glasgow their second win of the season after last week’s opening victory at Connacht.
Despite a handsome victory at the champions last weekend, Gregor Townsend made two changes to his side with Fraser Brown and Sila Puafisi drafted into the front row.
But it was their backs who excelled early on as some fast hands and direct running proved too much for Leinster, and Sam Johnson released Seymour down the left for an easy score with an excellent flat pass.
Leinster, who beat Benetton Treviso 20-8 in week one, were able to call on Ireland international duo Jordi Murphy and Dave Kearney.
But it was Rob Kearney who showed off his quality, as he evaded a couple of tackles to score.
Glasgow regained the lead through lock Tim Swinson who powered his way over after a relentless drive by the Warriors’ forwards.
However, just as they started to take charge Leonardo Sarto was sin-binned and Leinster made Glasgow pay by scoring twice before the break.
Josh van der Flier burst through a gap after picking the ball up off the back of a ruck to score, before Joey Carbery landed a perfect cross-field kick into the arms of substitute Zane Kirchner for Leinster’s third on the stroke of half time.
Carbery’s deadly boot found its mark again after the break as he stretched Leinster’s lead to 10 with a penalty, but he gifted the hosts a route back into the game with a loose pass which was intercepted by Seymour, who ran in to score his second.
And the winger completed his hat-trick in style as he took advantage of another Leinster handling error by slipping through several tackles before running under the posts to give Glasgow the lead.
Carbery responded for Leinster with a penalty 17 minutes from time to bring the gap down to one point.
But Glasgow remained strong, as the forwards slowed the ball down and kept Leinster away from the try line, before pouncing at the other end as Seymour burst through a gap to score his fourth and wrap up the win.
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