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November 05, 2011

Aironi Rugby 6 - 18 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Stadio Zaffanella on Saturday November 5th 2011 | One comment

Duncan Weir grabbed all of Glasgow's points
Glasgow Warriors made it four wins in a row with an 18-6 win over Aironi at the Stadio Zaffanella today.

Man-of-the-match Duncan Weir continued his fine form kicking five penalties and a drop goal to give Glasgow a welcome boost going into the Heineken Cup kicks off next weekend with Bath's visit to Firhill.

Aironi's contributions to the scoreboard came from the boot of Naas Olivier who kicked six first-half points but the Warriors - led by Weir - ultimately bagged themselves a comfortable win.

The Warriors drew first blood early on when Aironi were penalised at the ruck and Weir kicked the penalty but the Italians were soon level after Troy Nathan was caught offside.

Weir's opposite number Olivier made no mistake with the easiest of penalties on five minutes.

But his next points were far from comfortable. After a period of sustained pressure from the home side the South African fly-half notched three points from a tough angle after the Warriors were caught offside after 11 minutes.

The kicking war continued with Weir taking the lead, first levelling things with another penalty before making it 9-6 on 22 minutes - a three-pointer again doing the damage.

After his dead-eye start with the boot Weir showed his human side with the half-hour mark approaching - missing a drop goal before coming up short with a lengthy penalty attempt.

But the 20-year-old fly-half came roaring back from those disappointments and made sure his, and Glasgow's, first-half ended on a high by notching a drop goal with the last kick of the half to make it 12-6.

The Italian side were seemingly handed the perfect opportunity to get back into the game early in the second half when Johnnie Beattie's troubles continued when he was yellow carded for coming over the top of a ruck.

The Scotland international was overlooked for the World Cup squad earlier this year and having been dropped last weekend was looking for redemption in Italy but it failed to materialise.

Beattie took some solace from the fact that Olivier missed the resulting 48th-minute penalty and another three-point effort seven minutes later.

The Warriors stretched their lead to nine points on 62 minutes when Weir took his personal tally for the afternoon to 15 with another three-pointer after Aironi were caught offside.

And he was at it again ten minutes from time when the Italians were penalised for bringing down the scrum - this time slotting impressively from distance to make it 18-6.

Despite Weir missing a late penalty the Warriors easily saw out the final stages to take the win - their fifth of the season.

Referee Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Man of the Match Duncan Weir
Ryan Grant
Dougie Hall
Ed Kalman
Richie Gray
Alastair Kellock
James Eddie
John Barclay
John Beattie
Chris Cusiter
Duncan Weir
Tommy Seymour
Troy Nathan
Alex Dunbar
Federico Aramburu
Peter Murchie
Finlay Gillies
Gordon Reid
Michael Cusack
Rob Verbakel
Ryan Wilson
Henry Pyrgos
Graeme Morrison
Stuart Hogg
Match Substitutions
Off On
Tommy Seymour Stuart Hogg
Off On
Alex Dunbar Graeme Morrison
Off On
Ed Kalman Michael Cusack
Off On
John Beattie Ryan Wilson
Off On
Alastair Kellock Rob Verbakel
Off On
Chris Cusiter Henry Pyrgos
Off On
Ryan Grant Gordon Reid
Off On
Dougie Hall Finlay Gillies
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Drop
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Posted by GlasgowFan on November 5, 2011 10:01 PM | Reply to this comment

Would have loved some Try's !! but a Win's a Win ! Just Need to Do BATH next :) onwards and upwards !

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