October 26, 2019
Dragons 18 - 5 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO14 match played at Rodney Parade on Saturday October 26th 2019 | No comments
A late try from Huw Jones gave the scoreline a slightly better look Glasgow Warriors slumped to a 18-5 defeat to the Dragons at Rodney Parade this afternoon.
Playing against the wind and rain, Warriors turned down a couple of kickable penalties but poor-handling and decision making saw them unable to convert pressure into points.
The visitors suffered an early blow with Adam Ashe going off just a few minutes in after a clash of heads with Robert Harley. Harley himself had to briefly leave the field for treatment to a cut above the eye.
Two penalty kicks from outside half Sam Davies, one from close range and one from half way, gave Dragons a 6-0 lead at half-time.
Dragons extended that lead early in the second period. A fumbled high kick which should have been routinely taken and suddenly the Dragons had impetus inside the Glasgow half.
Ashton Hewitt provided the pace with a run up the centre before he was hauled down short of the posts. Flanker Taine Basham went over from the ruck and Davies added the extras.
Worse was to follow as a BrandonThomson kick just inside their half was charged down. Sam Davies hacked through but lost control, the ball bounced away from a host of Glasgow defenders and in the end Hewitt was able to get enough of a touch for the try.
Thomson was replaced by Ruaridh Jackson immediately after.
Glasgow continued to struggle as the wind dropped, lock Kiran McDonald having a try disallowed just before full time by the TMO while replacement centre Huw Jones did get a well-taken try in injury time to give the scoreline a slightly better look.
After the match, Glasgow coach Dave Rennie: "We kicked poorly, we didn't have the ball for long enough and didn't build any pressure, we lost a lot of those key battles.
"We'll have five Scotland World Cup players back next week plus DTH van der Merwe, another half-dozen the week after. We had a good enough side on the field to win well, but we weren't good enough.
"We know we can turn it round, there's 21 rounds (in the PRO14 league season), we've traditionally been flyers but we'll have to chase from behind this year."