October 05, 2018
Glasgow Warriors 36 - 8 Zebre
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Scotstoun on Friday October 5th 2018 | No comments
Huw Jones took the man-of-the-match award Glasgow Warriors were made to work hard by a spirited Zebre team before they eventually secured a bonus-point win at Scotstoun this evening.
Glasgow scored five tries as they cemented their place at the top of Conference A.
The home side had to wait to cut loose, though, after being restricted to a two-point 10-8 lead at the break.
Huw Jones scored an early try, converted by Adam Hastings who also slotted a penalty, but Zebre stayed in touch thanks to Apisai Tauyavuca's try and Marcello Violi's penalty.
The visitors were enjoying the bulk of possession and territory but the game turned when Zebre's Johannes Meyer was sin-binned on 52 minutes and home tries flowed from George Turner, Greg Peterson and George and Peter Horne.
Hastings was faultless with the boot barring the final conversion of the night.
Speaking after the game, Dave Rennie praised the contribution of man-of-match Huw Jones.
"He's got a really good skill set. He's dynamic," Rennie told BBC Scotland.
"What we know with Huw is that he has been a great try scorer for Scotland.
"What we have challenged with is to be a creator and create opportunities for others and make shifts defensively. We've seen evidence of that."
During his first season at Glasgow, Jones scored one try in seven appearances before wrist surgery cut his campaign short.
In a Scotland shirt, he has delivered 10 tries from 16 caps and, after his try helped Glasgow to victory over the Dragons last week, his efforts against Zebre point to a man finding his stride at club level.
"He didn't go away with Scotland. He's had a wrist injury and had an operation," said the Glasgow head coach.
"He came straight out of South Africa, straight into international stuff and then with us. He's freshened up and I think he's going great guns."
Rennie conceded he was disappointed with Glasgow's first-half showing as Zebre put the home side under pressure at Scotstoun.
However, it was a different story after the break as the Glasgow coach saw his side go more direct with great success.
"We weren't very happy at half-time. Our set-piece was poor," he said.
"We only had 30% possession and 30% territory. We just didn't hang on the ball long enough to apply any pressure.
"We needed to make some shifts and the second half was better. We were far more direct, got quicker ball and put them under pressure from there."