April 05, 2019
Glasgow Warriors 30 - 7 Ulster
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Scotstoun on Friday April 5th 2019 | No comments
Jonny Gray took the man-of-the-match award on his 100th appearance for Glasgow Glasgow maintained top spot in PRO14 Conference A with a 30-7 win over Ulster in an entertaining encounter at Scotstoun.
The win takes Warriors to 71 points, three ahead of second-placed Munster, who beat Cardiff Blues at Irish Independent Park in the other game.
An early Rob Herring try via a maul had taken Ulster into a 7-0 lead on eight minutes but from then on it was smooth sailing for the hosts.
They hit back six minutes later with a similar score from their hooker, Fraser Brown, before Adam Hastings doubled their try tally when he went over after Kyle Steyn had made a break. The fly-half could not slot the extras so it was a 12-7 lead but he would later make it 15-7.
Glasgow weren't done before the break as a further try late on saw Tommy Seymour cross for a 20-7 half-time buffer in front of their fans.
Their dominance would continue four minutes into the second period and the bonus-point try duly followed, Zander Fagerson the man scoring.
And there was to be only one further point scoring event in the fixture, with a Hastings penalty making sure of a comfortable maximum win.
Head coach Dave Rennie was pleased with his team's response to last weekend's disappointing European exit at the hands of Saracens.
"That was the response we wanted," said the New Zealander. "We knew it would be tough. Both sides had a lot on this game and we felt we had a bit to prove, so I'm really rapt with the attitude. Some guys were playing for their future in regards of the next few weeks and everyone understands we're not scared to make big decisions around selection. We needed to stand up. Last week wasn't good enough and we know we're a better side than that, so this was a chance to do that."
He was particularly pleased with the turn-around in their defensive effort, having let in seven tries as they were overrun by Saracens.
"We conceded a try early, so to not concede any points beyond about the eight minute mark is a hell of an effort," Rennie observed. "The boys understand it, they were tough on themselves too. We didn't work hard enough last week on what was a massive occasion and didn't defend well enough. We thought we did some good stuff with the ball last week and again we were pretty good tonight, but the big turn-around was the quality of our defensive effort which was much better."
Rennie also paid tribute to the performance of Jonny Gray after being dropped to the bench last weekend. Gray was given the man-of-the-match on a night which saw him complete a century of Warriors appearances.
"Jonny was fantastic, a big part of our defence," said Rennie. "He had the bit between his teeth. He wasn't happy about starting off the pine last week and so I thought it was a great performance from him on his 100th."