Glasgow Warriors ground out an 8 – 6 win over Connacht Rugby in tough conditions at Scotstoun Stadium this afternoon.

A Mark Bennett try and a solitary Ruaridh Jackson penalty proved enough for the Scottish side versus two first half penalties kicked by Connacht centre Craig Ronaldson.  

The game opened well for Connacht who dominated in possession and prevented Glasgow from making any strides in territory in the opening ten minutes.

Ronaldson was on kicking duty today and despite a missed attempt on three minutes from the half way line, the 24-year-old was successful from the kicking tee five minutes later when the hosts were penalised for holding on.  From just outside the 22, he kicked to put the visitors 3 – 0 up.

Connacht’s defensive effort today was commendable throughout but an error on 20 minutes allowed the opposition’s scrum half Henry Pygros to make a break. Glasgow centre Mark Bennett was then able to chase and pounce on a chipped through ball for the only try of the game. Jackson missed the conversion against a strong wind.

Ronaldson missed two successive penalty attempts before the half hour mark but on the stroke of half time, the number 12 found his range from in front of the posts to bring his side one point up at the break.

Half time score: Glasgow 5 – 6 Connacht

Glasgow came out stronger in the second half and quickly won a penalty at the scrum which Jackson converted to snatch back the lead. Shortly after, the young outhalf attempted to extend the margin further with a drop goal but it was wayward.

Connacht’s defence was put to the test again as the Warriors fought hard for try number 2. With numerous pick and drives, their forwards threatened to go over but the men in green kept them out.

Jackson missed three successive penalties in the closing stages of the game, his last long-range kick hitting the cross bar. Connacht collected the ball and with the clock at 80 minutes and just two points down, the team did everything to try and get out of their half and win some points.

But the Glasgow defensive wall held strong and a Connacht knock on in our own 22 dashed any hopes of a late come back, the losing bonus point scant consolation after this tightly fought contest.

Full time: Glasgow 8 – 6 Connacht 


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