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."