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September 27, 2013

Zebre 17 - 24 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Stadio XXV Aprile on Friday September 27th 2013 | No comments

Byron McGuigan went over for two tries
Glasgow Warriors maintained their winning record with a victory over Zebre but will be frustrated they were not able to secure a four try bonus point in the process.

A try from Dougie Hall, a double from Byron McGuigan and three conversions and a penalty from Henry Pyrgos gave the Warriors a 24-3 lead with 24 minutes left to secure a try bonus but two converted tries from Zebre brought the home side their own losing bonus point.

Glasgow should have scored from a scrum in the 18th minute when scrum-half Pyrgos broke down the short side but hesitated and was tackled, and his pass to Josh Strauss was intercepted.

Zebre's Matteo Pratichetti ran the ball out from his own line but was brought down just short of halfway and as a frantic passage of play continued, Strauss was stopped after a flying break and he too missed his off-load.

The first points came in the 25th minute from a Pyrgos penalty, after he had wasted the advantage with a knock-on while stretching for the try line.

A try quickly followed when Gabriel Ascarate's inside pass allowed Sean Maitland to burst clear and send McGuigan over in the corner. Pyrgos added the extras for a 10-0 lead.

A ruck infringement allowed Luciano Orquera to cut the deficit with a 45-metre penalty just after the half-hour but Zebre prop Salvatore Perugini was sin-binned for 10 minutes for kicking out twice in a ruck after his tackle on McGuigan. Pyrgos missed the resulting penalty.

Glasgow sloppily conceded a penalty in their own half on the stroke of half-time but Orquero's kick faded wide of the far post and it remained 10-3 at the interval.

And the Warriors made him pay straight from the restart, with Zebre still down to 14.

A great break started by Tommy Seymour continued by Alex Dunbar set up a move which ended with hooker Hall touching down in the corner. Pyrgos swung a superb conversion through the posts.

Glasgow's defence stood firm through several phases on their own line as Zebre's forwards tried to drive the ball in, Mauro Bergamasco eventually knocking on.

McGuigan gathered man-of-the-match Maitland's grubber despite an awkward high bounce to touch down for the second time and another excellent Pyrgos conversion made it 24-3.

Glasgow again escaped without conceding a try as the television official ruled he could not say conclusively that Tommaso d'Apice had grounded the ball.

But they finally conceded their first try in the competition when number eight Vunisa barrelled over, taking two defenders with him.

Orquera converted for 24-10 and Zebre were soon in again as Giovanbattista Venditti's stirring break set up field position and Vunisa ultimately sent Sarto over.

Glasgow held on but a final push for the fourth try came up short.

Gregor Townsend said afterwards: “You have to work hard for any win in this league, so we’ll take the four points and move on. But the players are disappointed with the level of performance tonight, and especially that of the last 20 minutes or so.

“Maybe we relaxed, we certainly didn’t display the same accuracy or intensity of our earlier games. All credit to Zebre, they scored a couple of good tries. And, had they got the ball in the end, they might have had the opportunity to claim a draw.

“But we’re delighted to get the win. We know we were a bit off-key tonight but we kept the momentum going and that’s the most important thing.”

Referee Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Attendance 2,800
Man of the Match Sean Maitland
Gordon Reid
Dougie Hall
Jon Welsh
Robert Harley
Alastair Kellock
James Eddie
Chris Fusaro
Josh Strauss
Henry Pyrgos
Ruaridh Jackson
Byron McGuigan
Alex Dunbar
Gabriel Ascarate
Tommy Seymour
Sean Maitland
Fraser Brown
Jerry Yanuyanutawa
Moray Low
Jonny Gray
Tyrone Holmes
Richie Vernon
Nikola Matawalu
Scott Wight
Match Substitutions
Off On
Josh Strauss Richie Vernon
Off On
Jon Welsh Moray Low
Off On
Gordon Reid Jerry Yanuyanutawa
Off On
Robert Harley Tyrone Holmes
Off On
Alastair Kellock Jonny Gray
Off On
Tommy Seymour Nikola Matawalu
Off On
Dougie Hall Fraser Brown
Off On
Sean Maitland Scott Wight
Henry Pyrgos Penalty
Byron McGuigan Try 
Henry Pyrgos Conversion
Dougie Hall Try 
Henry Pyrgos Conversion
Byron McGuigan Try 
Henry Pyrgos Conversion