Glasgow Warriors made it to the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 table once again with a 19 – 12 win over Connacht at the Sportsground tonight.

Man of the Match Duncan Weir had five from five successful kicks at goal, added to the early try from winger DTH van der Merwe, to rack up the points for his side.

Former Glasgow player Dan Parks kicked two penalties for Connacht with his second half replacement Craig Ronaldson also landing a brace of kicks to ensure Connacht held on to the losing bonus point.

The Scottish side made the most of the wind at their back in the opening half and logged an early try through van der Merwe who crashed over from close range on four minutes.  Weir added the conversion to put his side 7 – 0 up.

The second shot at goal came for Glasgow on 10 minutes and centre Mark Bennett attempted it from his own half but the ball dropped short.

Awarded a penalty on 11 minutes, Parks went for the corner and Connacht pressed hard for the line from the ensuing lineout won by Craig Clarke. There was no try but Parks took the three points on offer from a penalty, splitting the posts from 15metres out to reduce the gap to just four points.

But Weir extended his side’s advantage as indiscipline cost Connacht and allowed the 22-year-old out half to kick two successive penalties, leaving Pat Lam’s men 10 points behind.

Good work from our front row in the scrum lead to a Connacht penalty just beyond the half hour mark. Parks stepped up to kick it 15m outside the 22. He struck it well into the strong wind but it just fell short.

The home forwards went close to forcing their way over the try line and were right under the posts with just a metre to go. But the Glasgow defence held solid and the ball was passed out to the backs and turned over.

Half time score: Connacht 3 – 13 Glasgow

Parks had the first chance for points in the second half but his penalty kick was wide to the left of the posts. He was given a second opportunity five minutes later and slotted this one from much closer.

But Glasgow fought back immediately, attacking through their forwards and winning a penalty for Weir to nail the three points and bring them 10 points in the clear once again.

Connacht management made changes to the pack bringing on Dave Heffernan, Nathan White and Mick Kearney for Harris-Wright, Ah You and Swift.  Parks was also replaced by Ronaldson and the 23-year-old quickly made an impact firing home a 57th minute penalty.

Ronaldson missed a difficult second shot at the posts but made up for it with a brilliant break and 40metre run to bring Connacht within scoring range in the Glasgow 22. The visitors defence remained rock solid but a penalty from the scrum allowed Ronaldson to reduce the gap to just four points with ten minutes to go.

Connacht were handed a late blow when the referee ordered back rower Mata Fifita to the sin bin for a late tackle on Niko Matawalu. Down to 14 men, a 79th minute penalty from weir sealed the seven-point win for Gregor Townsend’s men.

Full time score: Connacht 12 – 19 Glasgow

Attendance: 4, 185

Man of the Match: Duncan Weir, Glasgow Warriors


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