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January 08, 2022

Glasgow Warriors 38 - 19 Ospreys

United Rugby Championship match played at Scotstoun on Saturday January 8th 2022 | No comments

Josh McKay went over for his first Glasgow try
Glasgow Warriors grabbed an impressive bonus-point win over Ospreys in this evening's URC match at Scotstoun.

Josh McKay scored his first try for Glasgow Warriors and Fraser Brown marked his return from injury with another as the Scotstoun men's dominant second-half display saw them go clear of Ospreys.

Cole Forbes and Sione Tuipulotu went over in the first half to help Warriors to a 17-12 lead at the break. Ross Thompson kicked Glasgow's other points with Gareth Anscombe slotting four penalties for Ospreys.

Dan Evans provided the Ospreys with their only five-pointer late on, but the tries from McKay and Brown - plus a second from Tuipulotu - gave Warriors a comfortable win.

It was a performance that pleased Glasgow head coach Danny Wilson as he watched on from the Main Stand at Scotstoun, as he saw his side move up to third in the URC standings.

"I'm really proud of the effort of this team after quite a disrupted couple of weeks," Wilson told glasgowwarriors.org.

"Even this week has been a bit disrupted, and we know there's still a bit to work on - we left a few scores out there and we let the Ospreys in for a soft score. We know that we'll need to up our level again to go and get the result away to Exeter, but tonight was about getting the win.

"We did that and we got the bonus point, so it's been a good night's work."

Glasgow centre Sione Tuipulotu put in a fine display, running in two great tries on his way to claiming the Player of the Match award..

"He's been outstanding ever since he arrived," said Wilson of the Scotland centre.

"He's a superb player on both sides of the ball and he's just got better and better. Everyone can see what he brings to the team, from his carrying to his line breaks to his willingness to get up in support.

"On top of all of that, though, he's a top bloke. He's settled in really well with all of the boys and we love him to bits. He's been superb so far and long may it continue."

Next weekend, Warriors make the long trip down to Sandy Park and a rematch with Exeter in round three of the Heineken Champions Cup.

Former winners of the competition and a regular contenders in the English Premiership, the Exeter represent the level that Wilson and his squad aspire to reach, with the Glasgow boss confident in his team's ability to scale new heights once more next weekend.

"We said tonight that to go on to that next level, we need to be critical of these types of performance," explained Wilson.

"We don't want to just sit back and pat ourselves on the back, we want to analyse what we need to do to be better and identify what we need to do to go and consistently challenge the top teams in Europe.

"That's what we want to develop into, and it's a journey that we'll take step by step. At the moment, though, we've taken some big steps forward and there's more to come.

"We don't want to go down to Exeter and let our win here last month look like a one-off. We want to go down there and show we can back that performance up away from home, and by getting a good away win."

Referee Chris Busby (Ireland)
Man of the Match Sione Tuipulotu
Team
1
Jamie Bhatti
2
George Turner
3
Zander Fagerson
4
Scott Cummings
5
Kiran McDonald
6
Ryan Wilson
7
Rory Darge
8
Matt Fagerson
9
Ali Price
10
Ross Thompson
11
Cole Forbes
12
Sam Johnson
13
Sione Tuipulotu
14
Kyle Steyn
15
Josh McKay
Sub
Fraser Brown
Sub
Oli Kebble
Sub
Enrique Pieretto
Sub
Lewis Bean
Sub
Tom Gordon
Sub
Jamie Dobie
Sub
Duncan Weir
Sub
Walter Fifita
Match Substitutions
Off On
Sam Johnson Walter Fifita
Off On
George Turner Fraser Brown
Off On
Jamie Bhatti Oli Kebble
Off On
Ross Thompson Duncan Weir
Off On
Scott Cummings Lewis Bean
Off On
Ali Price Jamie Dobie
Off On
Zander Fagerson Enrique Pieretto
Off On
Ryan Wilson Tom Gordon
Scorers
Ross Thompson Penalty
Cole Forbes Try (Vote as Try Of The Month for January 2022)
Ross Thompson Conversion
Sione Tuipulotu Try (Vote as Try Of The Month for January 2022)
Ross Thompson Conversion
Josh McKay Try (Vote as Try Of The Month for January 2022)
Ross Thompson Conversion
Sione Tuipulotu Try (Vote as Try Of The Month for January 2022)
Ross Thompson Conversion
Fraser Brown Try (Vote as Try Of The Month for January 2022)
Duncan Weir Conversion