November 18, 2023
Glasgow Warriors 26 - 12 Benetton
United Rugby Championship match played at Scotstoun on Saturday November 18th 2023 | No comments
Josh McKay opened Glasgow's account and looked dangerous throughout Glasgow Warriors ran out 26-12 winners over previously unbeaten Benetton in this evening's URC meeting at Scotstoun.
The game was played in wet and windy conditions throughout but Warriors were able to secure the four-try bonus-point that lifts them up to second place in the table, equal on points with Leinster.
Tries from Josh McKay and Kyle Rowe gave Warriors a narrow half-time lead as Tomas Albornoz's boot kept the Italians in touch.
Benetton were then unable to take advantage of yellow cards shown to McKay and Tom Gordon.
Tries from Sebastian Cancelliere and George Horne eventually settled the game for the hosts.
Two Albornoz penalties gave Benetton an ideal start but Glasgow bounced back when Tom Jordan set up McKay for the opening try, with Horne converting.
A mazy run by Cancelliere set up Kyle Rowe to touch down under the posts to give Horne an easy second conversion.
Another Albornoz penalty kept Benetton within touching distance and the visitors were further boosted when McKay was sent to the sin-bin for a high tackle on Sebastian Negri.
The Italian side were unable to make their man advantage pay heading into half-time, but Glasgow were down to 14 again after the break when Tom Gordon was shown a yellow card for stopping a try-scoring opportunity.
It was Glasgow, however, who were next to score with Cancelliere surprising the Italians with quick line-out ball to McKay before taking a pass from Horne and racing across the line.
Jacob Umaga's penalty brought the Italians back to within seven points but, after a line break by Glasgow skipper Stafford McDowall, Horne all but settled the game by touching down in the corner.
Speaking to Viaplay Sports post-match, Glasgow Warriors head coach Franco Smith said: "We are really pleased with the victory. Scoring four tries in these conditions was also very important.
"I'm not so satisfied with the way we played. I think Benetton played really well and we made a lot of errors.
"The players didn't want to disappoint but credit to Benetton there is a reason why they were not beaten before tonight.
"The players show their hearts, our defence stands out and I think we just need to get the confidence back.
"I am really pleased with the way the players worked for one another."
Glasgow Warriors' skipper and player-of-the-match, Stafford McDowall told Viaplay Sports: "It means a lot. We were pretty disappointed with our performance against Ospreys last week so we wanted to play better rugby.
"We have got a lot of work to do, particularly with Ulster coming next week. We have been making too many errors."