April 02, 2011
Aironi Rugby 16 - 17 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Stadio Zaffanella on Saturday April 2nd 2011 | No comments
Ryan Grant grabbed Glasgow's second try Glasgow Warriors secured their first away victory of edging Aironi 17-16 at the Stadio Zaffanella this afternoon.
A decisive 16 minute period before and after half-time was enough to see Glasgow edge past the Italians.
With Aironi 6-3 ahead, converted tries by Peter Murchie and Ryan Grant saw the Scottish side build up an unassailable lead.
Inspired by fly-half James Marshall, Aironi fought back but it wasn't enough to gain back-to-back victories after their morale-boosting win over Connacht last week
The first half was a war of attrition despite scrum-half Tito Tebaldi opening the scoring with a penalty.
Glasgow couldn't take advantage of back-row Josh Sole's yellow card soon after but they managed to level in the 28th minute when Ruaridh Jackson kicked over three points.
Tebaldi then restored the hosts' lead before the Scottish side scored the first try of the match as Murchie touched down with Jackson converting, to leave the score 10-6 to the away team at the break.
Looking to wrestle control of the match, Glasgow made a raft of substitutions and that seemed to work as they extended their advantage through a Grant try, Jackson once again adding the extras.
However, buoyed by their first ever Magners League victory last week, Aironi got themselves back into the game when Marshall went over for his own converted score.
Marshall then got the Italian side to within one point from another penalty.
It was substitute Glasgow stand-off Duncan Weir who had the last opportunity, but his penalty missed the target.
After the game head coach, Sean Lineen, said: ďItís just great to get that winning feeling away from home.
ďItís always hard no matter who youíre playing. Both teams were desperate but Iíll take the four points.Ē