May 15, 2009
Glasgow Warriors 30 - 9 Connacht
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Firhill on Friday May 15th 2009 | 3 comments
Colin Shaw grabbed Glasgow's first try Glasgow Warriors grabbed the bonus point win they were hoping to achieve tonight in the final game of the 2008/09 Magners League campaign.
The best Glasgow can hope for is a seventh place finish in the table and that will frustrate head coach Sean Lineen after a promising start to the campaign.
An injury-hit Glasgow side held the upper hand during the jittery opening period but they were unable to turn their superiority into a significant points advantage.
Two minutes into the half, scrum-half Colin Gregor stepped up to the mark and slotted his first penalty opportunity.
It took just three minutes for Connacht stand-off Ian Keatley to cancel Gregor’s attempt. A further attempt at goal, this one for the lead, was thwarted as his attempt went wide of the mark.
As Glasgow pounded the Connacht line, centre Graeme Morrison chipped through for Colin Shaw. Fullback Nathan Troy padded the ball into touch and was subsequently binned for the offence.
With the fullback relieved of his duties for ten minutes, the ball was worked left and Lome Fa’atau sent a neat grubber through the Connacht defence. Colin Shaw had the gas to beat his opposite man to the ball and touched down.
Two further Connacht penalties from Keatley gave Connacht the edge at the break.
Following a host of decision-making errors, Ruaridh Jackson was substituted at half-time and Colin Gregor moved into the stand-off berth. Mark McMillan came on to cover scrum-half.
Keatley missed a penalty strike to stretch Connacht’s lead, but it was Gregor who snatched the initiative four minutes later with a timely kick at goal.
A previously dreadful contest was suddenly lit up midway through the half thanks to some inspired play from O'Hare.
The centre, who had been lively all night, marked the extension of his Glasgow contract by swerving past four opponents before squeezing over for a remarkable touchdown. Gregor missed the conversion.
As the game crept into injury time, Glasgow found their third score from a five-metre scrum. Moray Low picked up and dived over. Gregor converted.
The bonus point was all that was left on Glasgow’s shopping list. A terrific break from replacement hooker Eric Milligan unleashed O’Hare who was never in any doubt about where he was going. He touched down between the posts to set up an easy conversion for Gregor who slotted it.
well done shawzy, great to see a scottish player scoring a try. Now Mr Lineen, please give him a fair chance next season. Don't overlook him and keep playing your underperforming favourites!
Was the instructions to kick at every opportunity. It certainly seemed that way, but what a difference when they started to throw the ball around in the second half. I was one of the many disappointed by half time, but got quite excited in the last quarter. Thank you Glasgow for ending on a reasonable high.
very surprised that Andy Henderson was not included in the team, even as a sub, for one last run out in a glasgow shirt. shame. Lineen should've given him the farewell he deserves after his years of service for glasgow.
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