February 25, 2016
Newport Gwent Dragons 15 - 18 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Rodney Parade on Thursday February 25th 2016 | No comments
Alex Dunbar went over for Glasgow's first try Glasgow Warriors had to work hard as they edged out the Dragons at Rodney Parade this evening.
Tries from Alex Dunbar and Duncan Weir with the other points coming from the stand-off's boot gave the Warriors a big boost to their play-off hopes.
Five penalties Angus O'Brien penalties made sure the Dragons were always in teh game and they could easily have claimed more than the single losing bonus-point.
The first half was a story of trading penalties. O'Brien got first blood for the hosts, scoring three points from 10 metres out. Ten minutes in, Weir levelled the scores with a penalty of his own. Newport took some control over the game with two penalties in quick succession, both via the accurate shooting of O'Brien.
Greg Peterson was yellow carded but despite the one-man disadvantage, the Warriors claimed the next three points of the game, Weir kicking a penalty from out wide.
With their full complement back on the pitch, Glasgow conceded another penalty 10 metres from the try line, and O'Brien made it four from four, making it 12-6 at the break.
The second half saw the first try of the evening, as Glasgow came out firing.
Alex Dunbar ran past the Newport backs before crossing the whitewash, with Weir converting to give Warriors the lead for the first time on the night.
That lead lasted only a matter of minutes as O'Brien scored a penalty from 35 metres out, though he made his first kicking error moments later, kicking wide from further out.
With three quarters of the game gone, Glasgow believed they had taken the lead again, but the referee ruled out Gordon Reid's effort.
Glasgow were awarded a penalty for a foul in the scrum, but Weir's effort sailed wide, but just as it looked as if they had passed up too many chances, the stand-off got on the end of a Josh Strauss to go over for the try. There was a suspicion of a forward pass in the build-up, but the TMO ruled the try to stand.
Weir failed to add the extras but the Warriors were able to see out time and claim a vital four points.