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October 02, 2021

Glasgow Warriors 35 - 24 Sharks

United Rugby Championship match played at Scotstoun on Saturday October 2nd 2021 | No comments

Cole Forbes went over for two tries
Glasgow Warriors opened their Scotstoun account for the new season with a bonus point win over The Sharks this afternoon.

Warriors were on top for the bulk of the opening 50 minutes and put together some fast and dynamic attacking rugby. Tries from Ross Thompson, Ryan Wilson, Jamie Bhatti and Cole Forbes gave Warriors a 28-10 lead at the break - Le Roux Roets went over from close range for The Sharks.

Forbes grabbed another try just after half-time - Thompson added the conversion to make it a perfect day from the kicking tee for the young stand-off.

The home side looked set for a big win over the South Africans when ten minutes into the second period Sione Tuipulotu rounded off a great George Horne inspired move for his first Glasgow try but an intervention from the TMO saw the score chalked off for obstruction.

The remaining 30 minutes was a stop-start affair and made for pretty grim viewing for the 6,459 spectators at Scotstoun.

The Sharks pack began to get the upper hand and was enjoying possession and territory. Tries from Thomas du Toit and Ntuthuko Mchunu put Sharks in with a shout of bonus points but Warriors were able to play out the last few minutes.

"I thought the first 50 minutes was outstanding," said Glasgow Head Coach Danny Wilson after the game. "We played some really good rugby and scored some great tries. Had that try been allowed on 50 minutes I think we could have scored again and found another gear but it was disallowed and for some reason the wind went out of the game.

"There were loads of stoppages, loads of delays, loads of watching the screen. Then we made some changes, which was the right time to make them, and then slowly but surely the momentum seemed to disappear.

"But that first 50 minutes is up there with the best we've played since I've been here. To be as dominant as we were makes it the best we've played. It's a template for how we want to play.

"I was disappointed that the last 30 drifted away. We lacked that last little bit of killer instinct to finish them off but we shouldn't get carried away with the downsides, we need to look at that first 50 and see how we get that injection of tempo that we want, how do we have a dominant set-piece.

"We should be positive about a bonus point win against a side we don't know a lot about but which has a lot of talented players."

Referee Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Attendance 6,459
Man of the Match Sam Johnson
Jamie Bhatti
Fraser Brown
Murray McCallum
Richie Gray
Scott Cummings
Ryan Wilson
Tom Gordon
Jack Dempsey
George Horne
Ross Thompson
Rufus McLean
Sam Johnson
Sione Tuipulotu
Kyle Steyn
Cole Forbes
George Turner
Brad Thyer
Murphy Walker
Lewis Bean
Ally Miller
Jamie Dobie
Peter Horne
Stafford McDowall
Match Substitutions
Off On
Fraser Brown George Turner
Off On
Jamie Bhatti Brad Thyer
Off On
Sam Johnson Stafford McDowall
Off On
Murray McCallum Murphy Walker
Off On
George Horne Jamie Dobie
Off On
Ryan Wilson Ally Miller
Off On
Richie Gray Lewis Bean
Off On
Ross Thompson Peter Horne
Ross Thompson Try 
Ross Thompson Conversion
Ryan Wilson Try 
Ross Thompson Conversion
Jamie Bhatti Try 
Ross Thompson Conversion
Cole Forbes Try 
Ross Thompson Conversion
Cole Forbes Try 
Ross Thompson Conversion