November 03, 2023
Glasgow Warriors 20 - 9 Stormers
United Rugby Championship match played at Scotstoun on Friday November 3rd 2023 | No comments
Sione Tuipulotu went over for Glasgow's opening try Glasgow Warriors ran out 20-9 winners over Stormers in this evening's URC meeting at Scotstoun.
Sione Tuipulotu grabbed Glasgow's opening try before Johnny Matthews' double gave the hosts a 20-9 lead at the interval.
Stormers centre Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu kicked three penalties to keep his side in touch.
Glasgow had to withstand long periods of pressure from Stormer in a second half but there was no further scoring.
Errors and infringements marked the opening quarter of the match but Warriors could have opened the scoring when Sebastian Cancellieres ran from his own half into the Stormers' 22. Tom Jordan was waiting on his shoulder to finish but Cancelliere's pass failed to find the flyhalf and the opportunity was lost.
Stormers also had their fair share of chances, but unforced errors hampered both teams.
Stormers eventually moved in front through a Feinberg-Mngomezulu penalty after Ollie Smith had been penalised for not releasing.
Glasgow replied through a Tuipulotu try after George Horne had fed Stafford McDowall from the back of the scrum who in turn found Tuipulotu who burst under the posts. George Horne converted.
Feinberg-Mngomezulu kicked another penalty before the Warriors landed another score. This time it came from the line-out drive, with Matthews scoring from the maul.
Horne couldn't make the conversion but did knock over a penalty from in front of the posts shortly afterwards after Stormers were punished for not rolling away.
Feinberg-Mngomezulu cancelled out that three-pointer with a penalty of his own.
Stormers were reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes after Evan Roos tackled Matt Fagerson to the ground off the ball and was shown a yellow card.
That quickly became 13 when Joseph Dweba was penalised for a dangerous tackle on Greg Peterson and joined his teammate in the sin bin.
Glasgow were quick to take advantage with Matthews diving over in the corner for his second try of the game - handing Glasgow a 20-9 lead at the break.
The 13-man Stormers were soon back to their full complement in the second period.
They started to put the home defence under a period of sustained pressure.
But some stout defending kept the visitors at bay in a scoreless second half.
Speaking to Viaplay after the match, Glasgow head coach Franco Smith said: "The amount of opportunities we created [was a positive]. Disappointed we couldn't get the fourth try but our guys really stayed in the fight. I feel there were a lot of the same errors as last week, but now we go on to the next game."
Man-of-the-match Sione Tuipulotu told Viaplay: "It's nice to come home and we got a win against a pretty decent side. We didn't have to do much defending tonight because the forwards really stood up, especially at set-piece. There's still a lot to work on and hopefully we can kick on."