March 23, 2019
Glasgow Warriors 35 - 17 Cheetahs
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Scotstoun on Saturday March 23rd 2019 | No comments
Kyle Steyn was a powerful presence in the Glasgow midfield Glasgow Warriors crossed for five tries in a comfortable PRO14 win over Cheetahs at Scotstoun this evening.
The win means Warriors secure a PRO14 play-off spot and stay top of Conference A with Munster three points behind.
Cheetahs made a quick start would have crossed had it not been for some strong Glasgow defensive work and the visitors were made to pay minutes later as skipper Callum Gibbins crossed the line after some powerful forward play.
But the South African side grew into the game after going down, with a fine weaving run from William Small-Smith finishing off a smart move following a set-piece.
The try sparked an intense period of rugby in which Kyle Steyn showed his pace and strength to crash through two Cheetahs defenders and touch down to increase Glasgow's lead.
Rory Hughes then spotted a gap in the backline following a ruck to squeeze through and cross - the try was upheld after review.
The winger was then metres away from doubling his tally as he latched onto a clever drop kick but was thwarted at the last as his side took a comfortable lead into the break.
Cheetahs made a strong start to the second period as Joseph Dweba's surging run broke through four Warriors defenders to score after receiving a clever pass.
But the home side secured their own bonus point through a mix of quick handoffs and raw power as centre Stafford McDowall forced his way over the line.
Cheetahs enjoyed some sustained pressure but couldn't find the finishing touch that could have put doubts in Glasgow minds. And when Scott Cummings went over with four minutes left, Glasgow were able to breathe easy.
Small-Smith's well-taken try in the corner put Cheetahs in sight of a bonus-point but time ran out for the visitors.