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November 27, 2021

Benetton 19 - 18 Glasgow Warriors

United Rugby Championship match played at Stadio Comunale di Monigo on Saturday November 27th 2021 | No comments

Rory Darge went over for Glasgow's second try
A penalty with the last kick of the game gave Benetton the win as mistakes and poor decision making finally caught up with a disappointing Glasgow team.

Benetton's 19-year-old fly-half Leonardo Maristruck struck with a penalty with the game's final kick at Stadio di Monigo to thwart Danny Wilson's team.

Glasgow looked on course for a fourth victory of their league campaign, but they were ultimately punished by Marin after pulling down a line-out inside their own half.

Number eight Jack Dempsey and flanker Rory Darge scored tries for Glasgow, while fly-half Ross Thompson kicked two penalties and a conversion.

Leading by two points with 90 seconds to play, the visitors conceded three penalties in quick succession to provide their hosts with the opportunity to win the match, something that visibly riled Wilson and his coaching team.

"We've got to take a long, hard look at ourselves in the mirror, because that's not good enough from us," Glasgow head coach Danny Wilson said post-match.

"Not to take anything away from Benetton, who played well today, but we were in a position to win that game with 90 seconds to go and we conspired to throw it away.

"It's not the first time it's happened, either, which makes it all the more frustrating. Our effort was there today, but we let ourselves down with discipline. It needs to improve and it needs to improve fast.

"They were just ridiculous penalties from us, to be honest. We've handed them the game with three penalties in 90 seconds. We have to learn our lessons because we've let ourselves down. There's a lot in that game that we should never have let get away from us. It's not the effort of the players.

"There are two types of penalty - a penalty that happens through effort and a gamble that doesn't play off, and a dumb penalty. It was the dumb penalties that killed us today.

"We had our opportunities to be further ahead than we were - we showed great fight to come back from that bad start to lead at the break, but we had no field position in the second half. That all stems from our own poor discipline.

"It's frustrating, and we have to learn our lessons ahead of Dragons and put things right in front of our own fans."

Referee Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Man of the Match
Jamie Bhatti
George Turner
Oli Kebble
Robert Harley
Richie Gray
Matt Fagerson
Rory Darge
Jack Dempsey
George Horne
Ross Thompson
Rufus McLean
Sam Johnson
Sione Tuipulotu
Kyle Steyn
Cole Forbes
Johnny Matthews
Nathan McBeth
Enrique Pieretto
Kiran McDonald
Tom Gordon
Jamie Dobie
Duncan Weir
Ollie Smith
Match Substitutions
Off On
Oli Kebble Enrique Pieretto
Off On
Robert Harley Kiran McDonald
Off On
George Horne Jamie Dobie
Off On
Ross Thompson Duncan Weir
Off On
George Turner Johnny Matthews
Off On
Rufus McLean Ollie Smith
Off On
Matt Fagerson Tom Gordon
Off On
Jamie Bhatti Nathan McBeth
Jack Dempsey Try 
Ross Thompson Penalty
Rory Darge Try 
Ross Thompson Conversion
Ross Thompson Penalty