September 17, 2010
Glasgow Warriors 17 - 19 Connacht
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Firhill on Friday September 17th 2010 | One comment
Graeme Morrison went over for Glasgow's only try Glasgow Warriors squandered an eight-point lead as Connacht came roaring back to secure victory at Firhill.
The Warriors came out determined to make amends for a poor performance at Rodney Parade last week and a thundering drive with Jon Welsh gave them the chance to open the score after two minutes, with Ruaridh Jackson landing the penalty.
The home side kept up the pressure and a Max Evans break down the left had Connacht back pedalling and when the ball was switched right, Graeme Morrison had room to stretch over for the opening try.
Carr showed his class a couple of minutes later but the final pass was knocked on, yet it showed what was to come.
When Glasgow foundered on some rock solid Connacht defence after five minutes of futile passing, the visitors sensed that they could turn things around.
Two Keatley penalties after 25 and 30 minutes put the visitors on the front foot.
Carr then took a hand when he cut in off his wing and left five tacklers in his wake as he rocketed across the pitch.
He then straightened up his run to go over, giving Keatley a simple conversion to take Connacht in leading at half-time.
The second half was only a minute old when Keatley stretched that lead further with his third penalty.
With Connacht's big men Michael Swift and Bernie Upton cranking up the pressure, Glasgow looked to be in trouble but two penalties in quick succession for Jackson pulled them back into the game.
The final quarter was a toe-to-toe battle with both sides having chances.
Jackson pulled Glasgow ahead with his third penalty and it looked as though the home side had pulled off a victory.
But Keatley held his nerve and banged over his fourth successful penalty with five minutes to go.
Glasgow threw everything into the last few minutes and their final chance came when Duncan Weir set up for a drop at goal but his kick drifted wide.
Connacht to made it two wins from three starts, while defeat left Glasgow again looking back on a game when they failed to dominate the contact area and were outmuscled in the set piece.
It is very noticeable that Glasgow have changed their style this season and it isn't working.
Last year the main carriers were at 8 and 12. This season Morrison and Vernon are not getting the ball and we are not getting over the game line. The same could be said for the props who are not getting into the game to the same extent as last season.
Also desperately lacking the explosive pace on the wings this season.
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