November 01, 2019
Glasgow Warriors 50 - 0 Southern Kings
GUINNESS PRO14 match played at Scotstoun on Friday November 1st 2019 | No comments
Kiran McDonald put in another fine display at lock Glasgow Warriors scored eight tries as they hit a half-century of points in a one-sided encounter with Southern Kings at Scotstoun.
The Warriors had the bonus-point wrapped up before the half hour mark with forwards Grant Stewart, Matt Fagerson, Callum Gibbins and Oli Kebble all crashing over, with Nikola Matawalu also crossing.
Zander Fagerson, Ratu Tagive and a penalty try completed the one-sided encounter.
The win moves Glasgow up to fourth in Conference A, while their South African visitors the Kings stay bottom of Conference B having lost all five matches so far.
With six World Cup absentees bolstering their ranks, the Warriors began on top and duly got themselves in front on 10 minutes when Stewart bundled over following a lineout in the corner.
The hosts gained in confidence and, helped by a number of Kings unforced errors, stretched their lead when George Horne eluded the away defence and Matt Fagerson finished off.
Having conceded the fewest number of penalties in the PRO14 across the first four rounds, Kings were uncharacteristically ill-disciplined in the early stages and Gibbins made the most of a penalty to go over for his second of the season.
Ruaan Lerm was sent to the sin bin for a reckless challenge and Kebble instantly punished his South African counterpart by eluding the visitors' defence and securing Glasgow's first try bonus point of the season.
And, in just the 26th minute, the Warriors were five tries to the good, Matawalu being fed by Adam Hastings before completing an impressive chip, chase and pick-up.
Masixole Banda had the chance to get the Kings on the board with his boot shortly after half-an-hour, but his missed kick did much to sum up his side's lacklustre first-half display.
Glasgow started the second period as they left off, with good hands from Kiran McDonald and Peter Horne, and a charging run from DTH Van der Merwe opening up a chance for Zander Fagerson to power over.
The Kings did respond with a good passage of play ultimately without reward, and the dominance of the Warriors pack towards the Kings tryline shortly after the hour mark led to referee Joy Neville awarding a penalty try.
Moments later, the home side got their eighth of the night with a well-worked score that started in their own half, with Tagive going over on his first Warriors appearance for 20 months after a great pass from Peter Horne to wrap up the points.