Glasgow Warriors 44
Connacht 17
 
Match Report courtesy of pro14.org
 
George Horne took less than a minute to score Glasgow Warriors’ first try as they ran out 43-17 winners over Connacht in the Guinness PRO14 on Friday night.
 
Dave Rennie’s side went on to score six tries in total as they moved back to within a point of Conference A leaders Munster.
 
Robbie Nairn and Grant Stewart also both bagged doubles in the win while the visitors did manage three scores of their own through Stephen Fitzgerald, Paul Boyle and Tom Daly.
 
Horne opened the scoring with 45 seconds on the clock after some great work by Kyle Steyn to dance through the onrushing defenders and find Horne on his inside who finished the job. Brandon Thomson added the extra two from a tight angle.
 
And with 15 minutes on the clock Thomson extended the Glasgow lead to 10 points with another accurate kick at goal.
 
Connacht got themselves into the game and on the scoresheet via a Stephen Fitzgerald try after he benefited from a bouncing ball.
 
On the half-hour mark Tim Swinson restored Glasgow’s double figure advantage when he wriggled over the whitewash from two metres out.
 
And Glasgow made it three first-half tries through Stewart after a catch and drive came down over the Connacht try line.
 
To make matters worse for tConnacht, James Cannon received ten minutes in the sin bin for bringing the maul down and Thomson nailed the conversion to make it four from four from the tee.
 
After the break Glasgow secured the bonus point after Stewart pulled off the back of a maul and charged over the line from ten metres out for his second try of the match.
 
With just over an hour played Connacht dug deep and secured their second try of the night when Boyle buried his way over. The missed conversion from Kyle Godwin meant that Connacht still trailed by more than 20 points however.
 
With the final ten minutes approaching the two sides exchanged further tries with Glasgow dotting down first through Robbie Nairn and Connacht responded almost instantly as Daly got another one back.
 
Connacht supporters will have been pleased to see Godwin land their first points from the tee but their joy was cut short when Nairn went down the other end to grab his second of the night leaving Connacht with two much to do with too little time remaining.

Our chase for Champions Cup rugby continues this evening as we take on the Glasgow Warriors in another crucial Guinness PRO14 clash.
 
Here’s all you need to know about the tie.
 
When’s the game?

Kick-off is at 7.35pm at Scotstoun Stadium.
 
How can I watch it?

The game will be shown live on Premier Sports 2 in the UK. There is no live TV coverage in Ireland but TG4 will have extended highlights from 9.35pm. Galway Bay FM will have live radio commentary while you can also follow our updates on Twitter @ConnachtRugby.
 
How’s our recent record against them?

The two sides last met on the opening day of the 2018/19 season when Glasgow came away with the spoils by the narrowest of margins – 27-26.
 

The last time we defeated the Warriors was the famous Guinness PRO12 semi-final in 2015/16 as we clinched a place in our first ever major final with a 5 point win. The rest they say is history!
 
What are the two teams?



Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets are still available on the Glasgow Warriors website and can be purchased HERE.

The Connacht squad have made the short trip to Scotland this afternoon as they get set to meet the Glasgow Warriors in another important inter-conference clash in the Guinness PRO14.
 
The game is a meeting of 2nd versus 3rd in Conference A after Glasgow and Connacht came away with wins over Cardiff and the Cheetahs respectively last weekend.
 
Ahead of the game we got the quick thoughts of prop Finlay Bealham and back row Paul Boyle about these block of fixtures and the challenge facing the squad in Scotstoun tomorrow night.
 

Connacht scrum half Kieran Marmion has returned from injury to take his place in the Connacht side to play Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun on Friday (kick-off 7:35pm). Marmion came off the bench in Connacht’s victory over the Cheetahs last week, but this will be his first start since Ireland’s win over the All Blacks in November.
 
Marmion forms a half-back partnership with 21 year old Academy player Conor Fitzgerald who comes in for Jack Carty. Fitzgerald’s brother Stephen is set for his second consecutive start on the wing and is part of a back three that includes Matt Healy on the opposite wing and Tiernan O’Halloran at full back.
 
Kyle Godwin and Tom Daly form the midfield partnership, with Bundee Aki and Tom Farrell away on international duty.
 
In the forwards, Dave Heffernan comes in at hooker in a front row that includes loosehead Denis Buckley and tighthead Finlay Bealham. 21 year old Sligo man Cillian Gallagher starts in the second row alongside James Cannon.
 
In the back row, Head Coach Andy Friend has retained the same trio that started the win over Cheetahs last weekend, with Captain Jarrad Butler starting at number 8 and Eoin McKeon and Colby Fainga’a at blindside and open side respectively.
 
Ahead of the trip to Glasgow, Friend spoke of the importance of the fixture for the overall standings in the conference; “It is extremely tight in our conference with only a few points separating four or five teams, so every game takes on an even greater importance now. We have picked a side with a good blend of youth and experience and I have full confidence in them to get a result on Friday night”.
 
Commenting on the return of Kieran Marmion, Friend added; “The real positive this week is to see Kieran Marmion back and raring to go after a period of injury. He has worked really hard over the past few months to regain his fitness and he is looking forward to his 150th appearance in a Connacht jersey. It’s a significant milestone and something to be proud of for him and his family.”
 
#GLAvCON
 
Kick-off 7:35pm:
 
(15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Stephen Fitzgerald, Kyle Godwin, Tom Daly, Matt Healy, Conor Fitzgerald, Kieran Marmion, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Cillian Gallagher, James Cannon, Eoin McKeon, Colby Fainga’a, Jarrad Butler (Capt).
Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Joe Maksymiw, Paul Boyle, Caolin Blade, Peter Robb, Cian Kelleher.
 

Fresh off the back of Saturday’s victory at home to the Toyota Cheetahs, the Connacht squad trained at The Sportsground this morning with all eyes firmly set on Friday’s crucial trip to Scotland to take on the Glasgow Warriors.
 
The game is a meeting of 2nd v 3rd in Conference of the Guinness PRO14, so the game could go a long way to deciding the final standings come the end of the season.
 
Check out some of the best pics from a wet and windy morning in the West of Ireland!
 

Connacht Head Coach Kieran Keane has named his starting side to face Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun Stadium on Friday (kick-off 7:35pm).

For the second game in a row flanker Jarrad Butler captains the side. Butler is joined in the back row by blindside Eoghan Masterson and Eoin McKeon at number 8.

Experienced hooker Tom McCartney comes back into the starting team and is included in a front row which includes Denis Buckley and Finlay Bealham.

Irish Internationals Ultan Dillane and Quinn Roux will continue their partnership in the second row.

Bundee Aki comes back into the Connacht midfield alongside Peter Robb who has shown no ill effects from his return from injury against Ospreys last week.

Darragh Leader comes into the side at full back with Niyi Adeolokun and Matt Healy continuing on the wings.

Commenting ahead of the game, forwards coach Jimmy Duffy says both sides will be targeting victory after respective losses last weekend.  “We are definitely targeting victory against Glasgow at the weekend. It will be a huge challenge, and after their loss at the weekend, they will be gunning for us, so it’s going to be a competitive fixture,” Duffy said.

“We have been within range of a lot of teams this year which shows we are competitive, but we are looking for continuous improvement and that is the driving factor. We need to express ourselves and realise our potential,” he added.

#GLAvCON

Kick-off 7.35pm:

(15-9) Darragh Leader, Niyi Adeolokun, Bundee Aki, Peter Robb, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Quinn Roux, Eoghan Masterson, Jarrad Butler (Capt), Eoin McKeon.

Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Gavin Thornbury, John Muldoon, Caolin Blade, Tom Farrell, Stacey Ili.

The Connacht management team have released the latest squad update following last week’s game away to Ospreys in the Guinness PRO14.

Prop:
JP Cooney is recovering from hamstring surgery and will be out of action until May.

Hooker:
Pat O’Toole is continuing his rehabilitation for his hamstring injury under the supervision of the medical and performance team.

Lock:
Andrew Browne is continuing his rehabilitation from the shoulder injury he sustained in February.

Back Row:
Sean O’Brien sustained a head injury in the game versus Ospreys and will follow return to play protocols under the supervision of the medical and performance team.

Jake Heenan is continuing his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery and will be out of action until late April.

Back Three:
Tiernan O’Halloran sustained a foot injury in the game versus Ospreys and will be monitored by the medical and performance this week.

Rory Scholes is progressing well following his ankle injury and will return to action in late April / early May.

Cian Kelleher is continuing his rehabilitation following his ankle surgery last month and will be out of action until May.

Despite the positive performance in a fast-paced, open game of rugby, Connacht came away from Scotstoun Stadium empty handed this evening.

The game was in the balance right to the end but Glasgow’s Sean Lamont put it out of sight on 78 minutes when he crossed for his side’s fourth try.

Pat Lam’s side started strongly and were ahead at the break following tries from Niyi Adeolokun and John Muldoon but the Warriors came roaring back in the second half to secure the win.

Connacht made all their early pressure count when wing Adeolokun crashed over in the right corner after four minutes, before Glasgow had even touched the ball. Tiernan O’Halloran’s break had put Adeolokun in space.

However, the home side hit back immediately, with the returning Finn Russell kicking a penalty shortly after the restart.

And Gregor Townsend’s men got their noses in front moments later when hooker Corey Flynn crashed over, Russell adding the extras.

But Connacht hit back through a Craig Ronaldson penalty, before captain Muldoon crossed the white line in the left corner following a perfectly timed offload from wing Stacey Ili. The move started with an impressive offload from Jake Heenan, on his 50th appearance for the province, and notable breaks from locks Quinn Roux and Andrew Browne.

Ronaldson landed a difficult conversion kick to make it 15-10, before Russell added another three points from the tee to cap off a breathless first half.

Half time: Glasgow 13 – 15 Connacht

The visitors landed the first blow of the second period through a Ronaldson penalty after Glasgow failed to release, but the home side seized the game by the scruff of the neck after that.

Russell crossed immediately after the restart, and stepped up to convert his own score and put the home side into the lead.

And Connacht were put at a disadvantage on 53 minutes when Jack Carty was sin-binned for a high tackle.

Warriors won a penalty in front of the posts and opted for a scrum, which they powered back over the Connacht line and allowed Ali Price to squirm over, with Russell adding the extras.

Despite being a man down, Connacht rallied and looked to have scored through Adeolokun in the right corner, only to be denied by TMO after a Price tackle bundled the wing into touch.

But Glasgow were reduced to 14 men 15 minutes from time when Tim Swinson was dismissed for a swinging arm at the ruck on Dave Heffernan in the build up to Adeolokun’s effort, and Ronaldson kicked the resulting penalty to close the gap to just six points.

But Connacht could not capitalise on the numerical advantage, and Glasgow stretched their lead back to nine through Peter Horne’s penalty, before replacement scrumhalf John Cooney cancelled this out for Connacht.

Veteran wing Lamont powered over late on to seal a dramatic win for Townsend’s men at a sold out Scotstoun Stadium.

Full time: Glasgow 35 – 24 Connacht

 

 

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