It was an opening day defeat for Connacht Rugby at the Sportsground as Glasgow Warriors came out firing and recorded a 41 – 5 victory in Galway.

Tommy Seymore crossed twice for the Scottish side in the opening half either side of a well-worked Connacht try finished off by Niyi Adeolokun. Outhalf Jack Carty’s conversion attempt was wayward into a strong wind and the home side didn’t have a chance from the tee again after that.

The visitors led 13 – 5 at the break but came out stronger again in the second half. Gregor Townsend’s side had the fourth try and bonus point secured after 50 minutes and crossed for their sixth try of the game with ten minutes to spare.

Full time: Connacht 5 – 41 Glasgow Warriors

CONNACHT: Cian Kelleher; Niyi Adeolokun, Eoin Griffin (Peter Robb ’55), Bundee Aki, Matt Healy; Jack Carty (Shane O’Leary ’66), Caolin Blade (Kieran Marmion ’48); Denis Buckley (Ronan Loughney ’50), Tom McCartney (Dave Heffernan ’61), Finlay Bealham (JP Cooney ’61); Ultan Dillane (Lewis Stevenson ’61), Danny Qualter; Eoin McKeon, Nepia Fox-Matamua, John Muldoon (James Connolly ’72).

GLASGOW: Stuart Hogg (Sean Lamont ’61); Leonardo Sarto, Alex Dunbar, Sam Johnson, Tommy Seymour; Peter Horne (Rory Clegg ’64), Henry Pyrgos (Ali Price ’69); Gordon Reid (Ryan Grant ’50), Pat MacArthur (Corey Flynn ’50), Zander Fagerson (Sila Puafisi ’50); Tim Swinson, Jonny Gray (Tijuee Uanivi ’69); Rob Harley, Simone Favaro (Lewis Wynne ’64), Ryan Wilson (Lewis Wynne ’18-’27, blood).

Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)

Attendance: 6, 063

Man of the Match: Stuart Hogg, Glasgow Warriors


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