Connacht misery continues as Glasgow seal home semi-final
Glasgow 35 Connacht 22
Connacht's miserable season continued at Scotstoun where a rejuvenated Glasgow rediscovered their attacking style to achieve a bonus-point victory and secure a home semi-final in the Guinness PRO14 play-offs.
It took Connacht barely a minute to strike, a driving maul from a lineout creating a try for prop Finlay Bealham.
Glasgow's response was immediate. From the set-piece Warriors wing DTH van der Merwe broke through midfield to create a run-in for Stuart Hogg, out- half Peter Horne adding the conversion.
When Jarrad Butler was penalised for over-vigorous play, Horne added a further three points for a 10-5 lead.
The out-half, selected ahead of Finn Russell, confirmed his kicking form with two further penalty goals to stretch his side's advantage to 11 points.
A penalty by Jack Carty pulled three points back for Connacht but again Glasgow's response was swift as Horne put Alex Dunbar on a try-scoring run, before providing the extras.
Glasgow were rewarded for the final time in the first half with a close-range try by hooker Fraser Brown, the score converted by Horne to give Warriors a 30-8 interval lead.
Warriors delighted their fans further at the start of the second half with a spectacular score started in their own 22 area and ending with a Henry Pyros score to claim the bonus.
Connacht came close to scoring from a driven lineout only for the ball to be held up over the line.
A series of five-metre scrums followed ending with Warriors' loosehead Alex Allan being sent to the sin-bin after a series of collapses. But from the ensuing lineout Connacht turned over possession and an opportunity was lost.
Connacht finally got their due reward but it came not from driving forward play but by putting the ball wide to replacement Stacey Ili whose searing break created a try for substitute Caolin Blade, Carty converting.
The visitors' late surge took its toll on Glasgow as Warriors collected a second yellow card, this time shown to Rob Harley and from the ensuing scrum a Connacht penalty try completed the scoring.
Glasgow Warriors - S Hogg; T Seymour, A Dunbar, S Johnson, D van der Merwe (N Matawalu 37); P Horne (F Russell 64), H Pyrgos (A Price 64); A Allan (J Bhattie), F Brown (G Stewart 56), Z Fagerson (S Halanukonuka 59 ); S Cummings (K McDonald 19), J Gray (C Fusaro 41); R Harley, C Gibbins (capt), M Fagerson.
Connacht - D Leader; N Adeolokun, B Aki, P Robb (T Farrell 46), M Healy (S Ili 29); J Carty, K Marmion (C Blade 60); D Buckley (P McCabe 50), T McCartney (S Delahunt 52), F Bealham (C Carey 64); U Dillane (G Thornbury 64), Q Roux, E Masterson, J Butler (capt) (J Muldoon 64), E McKeon.
REF - Frank Murphy (IRFU).
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