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February 18, 2011

Connacht 37 - 8 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Sportsground on Friday February 18th 2011 | 10 comments

Hefin O'Hare scored Glasgow's only try
Glasgow Warriors slumped to a dismal 37-8 defeat to Connacht at Galway Sportsground tonight.

The defeat leaves Glasgow second bottom of the Magners League with only new boys Aironi below them.

Brian Tuohy and Gavin Duffy grabbed tries for Connacht in an entertaining first half, during which both sides showed an eagerness to attack and put the ball through the hands.

Hefin O'Hare also touched down for Glasgow, who trailed 18-8 at half-time with Ruaridh Jackson in the sin-bin.

Connacht crucially added two more tries early in the second half while Jackson was off the pitch, and the icing on the cake was a 62nd-minute penalty try

Eric Elwood's charges set a brisk early tempo. A good spell of ball retention drew an offside decision against Glasgow and the impressive Ian Keatley converted the resulting penalty.

The Connacht out-half missed a more difficult penalty three minutes later, but the hosts continued to press with Mike McCarthy and Michael Swift imposing themselves up front.

In the ninth minute, Connacht showed patience on the attack before Keatley went on the outside and passed for Tuohy to use his strength to crash over.

However, Glasgow hit back from their very first attack. Captain Colin Gregor took a quick tap from a midfield penalty, noticing an overlap on the right, and Bernardo Stortoni produced the final pass for O'Hare to finish off.

The try was unconverted and Connacht wasted little time in responding. Keatley used his weaker left boot to grubber through for full-back Duffy to race up and score in the corner.

Keatley's successful conversion was cancelled out by Jackson's only penalty of the night midway through the half.

And Glasgow threatened the Connacht line once more in the lead-up to the break. A knock on from Gregor saw the Warriors stumble within scoring range and Robert Harley was also hauled down a few metres out.

But Keatley kicked Connacht 10 points clear after Jackson was yellow-carded for tackling Tuohy without the ball as the winger chased his own kick.

The second half burst into life with two tries in a four-minute spell. Keatley spotted some space and put Carr away for a well-taken third try.

Brimming with confidence, Connacht then claimed a cracking bonus-point score. Prop Brett Wilkinson charged forward on a 20-metre break, passed for Keatley and the out-half's looping delivery sent Tuohy thundering over for his second try.

Keatley converted one of the tries, leaving Glasgow 30-8 adrift. And although the Scots were camped in the Connacht half for much of the remainder, they could not find a way past the hosts' defence, which was marshalled superbly by skipper Johnny O'Connor.

Connacht's dominance of the set piece was confirmed by the penalty try, with replacement Rodney Ah You performing well in the front row.

With their first ever season's double over Glasgow in the bag, Connacht saw out the final minutes in their own half and down to 14 men following the sin-binning of Shane Monahan.

Referee Tim Hayes (Wales)
Attendance 1,250
Ryan Grant
Fergus Thomson
Ed Kalman
Aly Muldowney
Tom Ryder
Robert Harley
Calum Forrester
John Beattie
Colin Gregor
Ruaridh Jackson
DTH van der Merwe
Peter Murchie
Federico Aramburu
Hefin O'Hare
Bernardo Stortoni
Finlay Gillies
Kevin Tkachuk
Jon Welsh
Chris Fusaro
Ryan Wilson
Henry Pyrgos
Duncan Weir
Peter Horne
Match Substitutions
Off On
Ed Kalman Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Peter Murchie Peter Horne
Off On
Ryan Grant Jon Welsh
Off On
Calum Forrester Chris Fusaro
Off On
John Beattie Ryan Wilson
Off On
Bernardo Stortoni Henry Pyrgos
Off On
Ruaridh Jackson Duncan Weir
Hefin O'Hare Try 
Ruaridh Jackson Penalty
Posted by osama bin Hidin on February 18, 2011 08:57 PM | Reply to this comment


Posted by mediumsizedal on February 18, 2011 09:01 PM | Reply to this comment

Disgraceful - difficult to see where we go from here. Second bottom in league & no hope of improvement. Can't see us winning another game. Something has to be done about the state of professional rugby in Scotland - don't have the answers but at club & international level it's not acceptable. OK, Connacht are not a bad side but this was a hammering by a side we should be beating, or at least getting a bonus point. Can't see many positives!!

Posted by longandwyndingroad on February 19, 2011 07:35 AM | Reply to this comment

Time for Lineen to go, if the SRU can sack Rob after a few months then I think Sean has had more than enough time to at the helm! But I suppose with Gordon McKie more interested in reducing debt than supporting Scottish Rugby what do you expect?

Posted by donald stoddart on February 19, 2011 10:52 AM | Reply to this comment

Don't blame Lineen. We are being given buttons to spend by the SRU. Unless we invest in quality things will only get worse. We have become a laughing stock!

Posted by ballinj on February 19, 2011 11:04 AM | Reply to this comment

Typical Glasgow really one good season then an absolutely stinker of a season. So hopefully next season will be a good one.

Nevertheless GLasgow should not be conceding 39 points to anyone. A lot of the boys who played last night need to have a long think about whether they actually have what it takes to be a professional rugby player

Posted by way_ahead on February 19, 2011 11:21 AM | Reply to this comment

I really rate Lineen. He has performed miracles with the resources he has. However you cannot beat the market. If we are to have pro-teams they have to be funded and competitive.

You cannot sustain great performances without depth. I cannot for a minute believe that anyone in a Glasgow shirt last night felt anything but humiliation.

How do we pressure the SRU for the resources we need?

Posted by Hugues on February 19, 2011 12:19 PM | Reply to this comment

I feel sad, what a hard time for Scottish rugby...

Posted by rugger 7 on February 19, 2011 08:51 PM | Reply to this comment

We need to re group not just warriors but scotland for example scotland need to go into the ireland game with a winning mentality us to. Also Connacht had a full strenghth team but i agree not good enough this next week will be huge for scottish rugby wether we can be taken seriously in these comps. COME ON BOYS!!!!!!! DO IT FOR THE FANS!!

Posted by rugger 7 on February 19, 2011 08:54 PM | Reply to this comment

COME ON WINNING WAYS AGAIN !!!!!!!!!! huge week for scottish rugby scotland need to preform at the weekend and so do glasgow COME ON!!!

Posted by steve on February 20, 2011 02:57 AM | Reply to this comment

No Low, Kellock, Gray, Barclay, Evans, Cusiter - or Brown and Parks. What do you expect? This season was always going to be difficult. Weir and Harley have been the success stories this season - but we cant hold on to our best players as we have no money. Max to go in the summer - when will Barclay, Beattie and Gray follow? There's no easy solution as long as rugby in this country continues to struggle. Six nations games with empty seats??? There are big problems with the game in Scotland - certainly not Sean's fault.

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