November 02, 2012
Glasgow Warriors 37 - 6 Dragons
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Scotstoun on Friday November 2nd 2012 | No comments
Gordon Reid charges in for Glasgow's second try A dominant display from Glasgow Warriors secured a comfortable victory over a disappointing Dragons outfit at Scotstoun.
The victory gave the Warriors a record-breaking sixth straight PRO12 win and lifts them to second in the table as they enter the international break.
Glasgow started solidly and Scott Wight's penalty on six minutes gave the hosts an early lead.
The lead was increased when, after a mix-up in the Dragons defence, Peter Murchie was first to his own hack forward, with Wight's conversion making it 10-0 after 16 minutes.
Eight minutes later Warriors had a score chalked off as the final pass to Josh Strauss was called forward.
The Glasgow pack was well on top with Josh Strauss making ground with every carry. They continued to dominate territory and possession and added to their lead when Gordon Reid used his trademark move to speed away from the ruck for the most opportunistic of tries, much to the delight of the vociferous home support.
Wight's second conversion made it 17-0, before Tom Prydie finally got the Dragons off the mark with a penalty goal.
Prydie and Wight then traded further three-pointers before half-time, but it was the Warriors who were good value for their 20-6 interval lead.
The Dragons knew they needed to hit first following the restart to stand a realistic chance of taking victory, but it was the hard-working Tom Ryder's try for Glasgow just five minutes in that left the Welsh visitors with a mountain to climb.
And, as much as the Dragons worked for a way back into the game, it was Glasgow who added further tries to underline their superiority.
Man-of-the-match Nikola Matawalu's sharpness and ball-handling skills sent Tommy Seymour over for the bonus point try on 64 minutes, and the winger completed a quickfire brace just minutes later when he regathered his own chip over the defence to round off the scoring.
Tim Swinson was sin-binned with nine minutes to go but the Dragons failed to reduce the deficit.
Glasgow Warriors head coach, Gregor Townsend, said: “The Dragons really came out and played tonight.
“We expected them to kick more but you could really see the work we put into our defensive and this has put us in a good position, in the table, going forward.
“Niko fully deserved his start at nine and it was clear he was working really hard on his game. He is always the last player off the training pitch and his performance tonight was electric.”