September 10, 2021
Worcester Warriors 22 - 27 Glasgow Warriors
Friendly match played at Sixways on Friday September 10th 2021 | No comments
Rufus McLean went over for two tries Glasgow Warriors rounded off their pre-season fixtures with a win over Worcester in an entertaining match at Sixways.
Ross Thompson's early penalty to put Glasgow ahead showed Danny Wilson's men had come to Sixways for a win, rather than the "give everyone a run out" feel of last week's meeting with Newcastle.
Glasgow enjoyed much of the early pressure but it was Worcester who showed the greater cutting edge as England centre Ollie Lawrence made the first try for scrum half Willi Heinz and then scored the second with a break of his own.
Glasgow continued to pressure Worcester but it was through an interception that they finally crossed the line with Rufus McLean showing his pace to go in from his own half.
Shortly after the break full back Melani Nanai extended Worcester's lead, but Glasgow hit back with lock Lewis Bean going over from short range.
Former Worcester Warrior Duncan Weir entered the fray to a great welcome from the Sixways crowd and it was the stand-off's perfect cross kick that was collected by McClean who side-stepped two defenders to go in at the posts.
Weir and Billy Searle exchanged penalties, but Glasgow held out for the 27-22 win.
"Last week wasn't about winning, it was about the first hit out and getting the lads playing some rugby, but tonight was about coming here to get an away win because our next game will be about winning away so we came here to do that," explained head coach Wilson.
"There were a couple of sticky moments in the first half when they were attacking well and the whole game was very physical, but in the second half in particular some guys took their opportunities so we have some headaches ahead of the first selection.
"It is a case of small stepping stones in pre-season, but getting everybody out there playing and no major injuries is good - but we won't read too much into it.
"Still, when you set out your stall to play hard and get a win, not just giving people a game, then it is good to get a win and the players will get some confidence because of that."