December 04, 2021
Glasgow Warriors 33 - 14 Dragons
United Rugby Championship match played at Scotstoun on Saturday December 4th 2021 | No comments
Jack Dempsey kept Warriors on the front foot with a powerful display Glasgow Warriors cruised to a comfortable win over Dragons in this evening's URC match at Scotstoun.
Warriors move up two places to fifth position in the United Rugby Championship table after the win over the Welsh outfit.
Warriors were in control throughout and took a 19-0 advantage into the break thanks to tries from Sione Tuipulotu, Kyle Steyn and Jack Dempsey.
Ali Price sealed the bonus-point for the Warriors before the visitors finally got on the board through Ellis Shipp.
Johnny Matthews then crossed the whitewash for Glasgow to take them over the 30-point mark but the Dragons had the final word when Mesake Doge touched down.
Warriors were eager to bounce back from last week's sloppy defeat to Benetton and had enjoyed sustained pressure in Dragons territory before Tuipulotu powered over for the opening score with Ross Thompson adding the conversion.
Josh McKay was making his first appearance in a Glasgow jersey and his jinking run past a couple of Dragons defenders helped set up Ross Thomson for a perfect cross-field kick into the arms of Steyn to run over on the left.
Dempsey got the third for Danny Wilson's side from the back of a scrum, running 30m to touch down, and Thompson got his second conversion.
McKay showed his defensive skills with a vital tackle in the second half to stop Sam Davies' attempt to score from his own chip over the top.
After more great work from Dempsey, McKay, Matthews and Sebastian Cancelliere, Ali Price broke off the back of a ruck for Glasgow's fourth try, Thompson adding the extras.
Shipp replied after Dragons went through the phases and Davies converted.
But Warriors re-established a 26-point advantage through Matthews' try from the back of a maul and Thompson knocked over his fourth and final successful kick of the evening.
Dragons inched forward in pursuit of a second try and were rewarded when Fijian prop Mesake Doge grounded. Davies converted.
After the match, Glasgow head coach Danny Wilson told Premier Sports: "We've got a good crop in the back row. I'm pleased for Jack Dempsey - he's been outstanding since he joined.
"I still think there's more to come from us. We've got to be more accurate, and the turnover rate was a bit high. For us to start trying a few things in attack gives plenty for opposition teams to analyse."
Man of the Match Jack Dempsey, said: "Danny [Wilson] spoke all week about how their game is based around physicality", he says. "We knew we had to bring it, and we did.
"I'm loving it at Glasgow - it's been such a breath of fresh air, to come over here and start again. I'm playing some of my best rugby."