April 08, 2016
Zebre 14 - 43 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Studio Sergio Lanfranchi on Friday April 8th 2016 | No comments
Taqele Naiyaravoro went over for a try Glasgow Warriors came back from a half-time deficit to record a bonus-point win over Zebre in Parma this evening.
Warriors trailed 14-7 at the break but six second half tries saw them come from behind and secure a convincing 43-14 win that puts them third in the PRO12 table.
Zebre had taken an early lead through soon-to-be-Warrior Leonardo Sarto, before tries from Fraser Brown and Guglielmo Palazanni made the score 14-7 at half-time.
Glasgow were quick out the blocks after the break, with Ali Price and Alex Dunbar both scoring from range to take their side in to the lead.
The game finished with a flourish, as Taqele Naiyaravoro, Jerry Yanuyanutawa and Peter Horne all carried over in the final ten minutes.
Warriors had to make a late change to their staring line-up after Sila Puafisi pulled out after tweaking a groin muscle in the warm-up,
Zebre opened the scores early on as their backs combined nicely, before finding Leonardo Sarto to go over in the corner after just 3 minutes.
Carlo Canna added the extras from the tee. As Glasgow piled on the pressure after going behind, hooker Brown carried over in the 16th minute, allowing Duncan Weir to level the scores with the conversion.
Quick handling through the Zebre backs saw them break free of the Glasgow defence, before Palazanni scored under the posts, and Canna slotted his second conversion of the game.
Soon after the break, Glasgow scrum-half Price demonstrated his individual brilliance after spotting a gap in the Zebre defence to score from more than 20 metres out. Weir converted from in front of the posts.
Moments later Glasgow took the lead for the first time through Dunbar, as he carried home from Zebre’s 22 before Weir slotted once again.
After an impressive break from Henry Pyrgos, the ball found its way in to the hands of Peter Horne to secure a bonus point for the Warriors.
Having replaced Weir five minutes earlier Finn Russell slotted the conversion with his first attempt at the posts, but Glasgow saw replacement hooker Pat MacArthur sent to the sin bin for a late tackle shortly after.
The Warriors sealed an emphatic victory with three tries in the final ten minutes, as Naiyaravoro and Yanuyanutawa carried over before Horne scored his second of the night. Russell missed all three conversions, as the game came to an end at 43-14 in favour of the visitors.
Afterwards, Gregor Townsend, the head coach, revealed that there had been some illness among his squad during the week.
"I have to say we had an illness that swept through the camp this week so that 15 of the squad including some of the management were ill. It was a great effort that they got through that and dug deep to play very well in the second half," he said.
"In the first half it was too much individuals trying things, a bit of looseness and too much pace – a bit harum scarum from both teams. They played well, put us under pressure.
"To score 36 in the second half shows the resolve of the players. They came out with a real determination to work hard for the win. I didn't think it was going to be our day when Tommy Seymour had a try disallowed but then we Ali Price did very well to score and we started to get a number of phases going and got the tries."