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May 21, 2016

Connacht 16 - 11 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Sportsground on Saturday May 21st 2016 | No comments

Leone Nakarawa scored early in the second-half
Glasgow's defence of their PRO12 title ended in defeat to Connacht in today's semi-final in Connacht.

Connacht now go on to meet Leinster in next week's final.

After less than a minute, Glasgow lost Finn Russell and Zander Fagerson after a collision.

Russell suffered a bang in the face and it was a worrying sight. He was tended to by medics and eventually taken away on a stretcher.

As soon as the game restarted after a long delay, Connacht had the upperhand. Midway through the half it looked like their pressure had paid off when Eoin McKeon went over in the corner.

After a visit to the TMO, though, the try was ruled out for a clear knock-on early in the move from Aki.

When Glasgow conceded a penalty, MacGinty opened the scoring, a kick that was quickly cancelled out by Duncan Weir, who had come on for Russell.

Connacht's pressure was rewarded when Adeolokun ran on to the bouncing ball and evaded Stuart Hogg, Henry Pyrgos and Weir.

The half ended with Nakarawa crashing over the Connacht line under the posts, but good Connacht defence stopped him getting the ball down.

Glasgow started well in the second half and began to ask questions of the home defence.

Mark Bennett cut through a gap on the angle past four defenders and Connacht were in trouble. They survived in the beginning but the waves kept crashing over them. Nakarawa soon thundered over.

MacGinty put Connacht 13-8 ahead only for Weir to bang over a penalty of his own to make it 13-11.

MacGinty stretchedConnacht's lead to five points with another penalty.

With nine minutes left, Connacht looked to have sealed it but Adeolokun's "try" was chalked off for another knock-on.when Aki hit Weir with a howitzer tackle in the Glasgow 22 and forced a turnover.

Connacht lost their prop, Rodney Ah You, to the sin-bin for the last seven minutes after a high shot on Hogg.

Glasgow attacked and attacked but Connacht held on.

Referee Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Attendance
Team
1
Gordon Reid
2
Fraser Brown
3
Zander Fagerson
4
Leone Nakarawa
5
Jonny Gray
6
Ryan Wilson
7
Simone Favaro
8
Josh Strauss
9
Henry Pyrgos
10
Finn Russell
11
Sean Lamont
12
Peter Horne
13
Mark Bennett
14
Tommy Seymour
15
Stuart Hogg
Sub
Pat MacArthur
Sub
Ryan Grant
Sub
D'arcy Rae
Sub
Tim Swinson
Sub
Adam Ashe
Sub
Grayson Hart
Sub
Duncan Weir
Sub
Taqele Naiyaravoro
Match Substitutions
Off On
Finn Russell Duncan Weir
Off On
Zander Fagerson D'arcy Rae
Off On
Simone Favaro Adam Ashe
Off On
Fraser Brown Pat MacArthur
Off On
Gordon Reid Ryan Grant
Off On
Peter Horne Taqele Naiyaravoro
Off On
Henry Pyrgos Grayson Hart
Off On
Josh Strauss Tim Swinson