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January 08, 2023
Glasgow Warriors 24 - 17 DHL Stormers
United Rugby Championship match played at Scotstoun on Sunday January 8th 2023 | No comments
Huw Jones looked dangerous throughout Glasgow grabbed a bonus point win over URC champions Stormers in a thrilling match at Scotstoun this afternoon.
A late Sebastian Cancelliere try gave Warriors the win that lifts them to fifth on the table as an opening try from the Argentinian winger and further crossings from Kyle Steyn and Huw Jones saw them prevail.
George Horne and Domingo Miotti added conversions while for the Stormers, Joseph Dweba, Clayton Blommetjies and Junior Pokomela crossed.
Warriors have been on a fine run of results but this was their most impressive win so far against last season's URC champions, who currently sit second in the table.
During an action-packed first half, Glasgow opened the scoring when Jones hit a brilliant line and then sent Cancelliere over.
But the hosts then found themselves a man down for 10 minutes when Lewis Bean was yellow carded for obstruction after a penalty award.
Stormers capitalised almost immediately when hooker Dweba rolled off the back of a line-out maul and powered over the line.
Manie Libbok nailed the tricky conversion to give the visitors a two-point lead.
Despite being down to 14 players Warriors continued to probe and they scored another well-worked try.
A powerful run from Jack Dempsey's gave Glasgow momentum before good hands from Sione Tuipulotu and Ollie Smith sent skipper Steyn over.
Stormers are a powerful outfit and forced themselves back into the match when scrum-half Paul de Wet's fine pass sent full-back Blommetjies over after sustained pressure on the Glasgow line.
Jones - playing his first game at Scotstoun in two years after a spell with Harlequins - looked full of tricks and running against the side that gave him his break in pro rugby.
After playing his part in the first two tries, Jones got himself on the score sheet 10 minutes into the second half, when he jinked through three Stormers tacklers to touch down.
Horne kicked the conversion but Stormers came back right away to score through Pokomela after more powerful work from their pack. Libbok missed the conversion to leave the scores tied going into the final 10 minutes.
Shortly after, Libbok missed a long-range penalty attempt which would have given his team the scoreboard edge they needed.
Warriors came right back and after a period of sustained pressure some powerful play from the pack Sione Tuipulotu kicked through brilliantly for Cancelliere to touch down and round off a pulsating contest.
Glasgow head coach Franco Smith spoke to Viaplay after the match.
"The guys stepped up to the plate again tonight," he said. "Our physicality and the way we went about our business. To take them on at the scrum at the end is a rewarding feeling.
"Sione [Tuipulotu] showed his skillset last week, and that proved to be the point of difference tonight.
"You've got to apply yourself physically - it's good to see and it's good to take confidence from it.
"We still need to improve. I think [Huw Jones] has put his hand up [for Scotland selection]."
Huw Jones was superb all afternoon, and was been named Player of the Match:
"Special game against one of my old clubs," Jones said, talking to Viaplay.
"Really happy with that.
"I'm absolutely loving it - the attacking brand we're playing is so exciting. We're really hitting our straps, there was a couple of times today where we tore them up.
"We like to think we can go all the way, but it's about putting in the work. We just want to get better and better as the season goes on."