Thursday 21 March 2019

Slugglish Connacht hit for six in Scotstoun on miserable night for province

Glasgow Warriors 43 Connacht 17

22 February 2019; Kieran Marmion of Connacht during to the Guinness PRO14 Round 16 match between Glasgow Warriors and Connacht at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Ross Parker/Sportsfile
22 February 2019; Kieran Marmion of Connacht during to the Guinness PRO14 Round 16 match between Glasgow Warriors and Connacht at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Ross Parker/Sportsfile

Alan Lorimor

Connacht’s hopes of gaining ground on Glasgow Warriors in Conference A of the Guinness Pro14 were shattered by a Scotstoun side that played with pace, energy to rack up six tries for the full house of points.

The western province were never able to match Glasgow’s pace and did not help themselves by failing to finish clinically on a number of occasions.

On the positive side Kieran Marmion showed flair at scrum-half, Paul Boyle made an impact off the bench and there was an equally good contribution from replacement Peter Robb, back to the Connacht side after a lengthy injury-enforced absence.

Glasgow made an emphatic statement from the kick-off, scoring within 45 seconds with a sensational try by George Horne. It was the first of three first-half tries as hooker Grant Stewart and second row Tim Swinson piled over. Brandon Thomson converted all three first-half tries in addition to kicking a penalty goal.

Connacht managed an encouraging score from wing Stephen Fitzgerald, but any possible fightback was killed off with a second try from Stewart and Warriors’ fifth touchdown from replacement Robbie Nairn both converted by Thomson.

In between these scores benchman Boyle crossed for an unconverted try and when Tom Daly picked up a converted try a bonus points seemed possible only for Glasgow to produce a clever score in the closing minutes with a cross-kick try by Nairn to seal victory for the Warriors.

GLASGOW WARRIORS – R Jackson; K Steyn, P Kelly, S McDowall, N Matawalu; B Thomson, G Horne (N Fr isby ); O Kebble (J Bhatti ), G Stewart (K Bryce ), S Halanukonuka (A Nicol ); T Swinson, S Cummings; R Harley, C Fusaro, A Ashe. Reps: K Bryce, J Bhatti, A Nicol, M Fagerson, T Gordon, N Frisby, R Hughes, R Nairn.

CONNACHT – T O’Halloran; S Fitzgerald, K Godwin, T Daly, M Healy; C Fitzgerald, K Marmion (C Blade ) D Buckley (C Carey ) , D Heffernan, F Bealham; C Gallagher, J Cannon; E McKeon, C Fainga’a, J Butler. Reps: S Delahunt, P McCabe, C Carey, J Maksymiw, P Boyle, C Blade, P Robb, C Kelleher.

Ref: B Whitehouse (WRU)

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