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February 17, 2024

Glasgow Warriors 40 - 7 Dragons

United Rugby Championship match played at Scotstoun on Saturday February 17th 2024 | No comments

Josh McKay got Warriors off to the best possible start
Glasgow Warriors turned on the style in a bonus-point 40-7 victory over the Dragons at Scotstoun this evening.

The result lifts Warriors up to second in the United Rugby Championship (URC) standings.

Tries from Josh McKay (2), Stafford McDowall (2), Ben Afshar and Facundo Cordero saw Glasgow to the bonus point win, with Ross Thompson and Duncan Weir kicking extras.

The Warriors were clearly enjoying themselves but will be frustrated that they didn't add to the six tries with a number of opportunities missed.

Will Reed went over for the Dragons' consolation score in the second half at a wet Scotstoun.

There was little doubt about the outcome from the opening moments as the Warriors climb the United Rugby Championship table.

Warriors got off to the best possible start just 30 seconds after kick-off when full-back McKay took a high ball on the 40-metre line, wriggled through some bodies and side-stepped two Dragons players to cross. Thompson added the first of his four conversions.

Minutes later the Scotstoun men scored their second try after hooker Johnny Matthews won the ball from the Dragons' line-out. Warriors worked the ball to McDowall, who charged through.

The Glasgow captain was soon contributing at the other end as he held the ball up when the Welsh sides pack crossed.

Much of the first half was scrappy, but Glasgow put the game beyond doubt just before the interval when McDowall hit a great line before passing outside to McKay to cross.

Dragons exerted some early second-half pressure but Warriors soon had their bonus point. Four minutes after the restart Henco Venter, Jamie Dobie and then Tom Jordan all made ground before scrum-half Afshar kept up with play to take the pass and mark his first start with a try.

Matthew Screech touched down at the other end, but Dan Lydiate was penalised for obstruction and the try was disallowed on video evidence.

Dragons eventually got the reward their efforts deserved when replacement Reed wriggled over after taking a quick pass from Angus O'Brien, who added the conversion.

The score provoked a strong finish from the home side and a slick move ended with Duncan Weir playing a long pass out to the right wing for Cordero to go over on his debut game for Warriors.

McDowall capped an impressive display by crossing for the second time with five minutes left before Weir rounded off the scoring with his boot.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Franco Smith told Viaplay: "I'm really happy with the win and I thought we played some good rugby at times.

"There were a lot of line breaks and opportunities missed, which is understandable - these guys haven't played for quite a bit. Even the last three games, not everyone was involved, so they haven't played since last year, but it's good to have them putting their hands up for responsibility and I thought they did really good."

Referee Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Jamie Bhatti
Johnny Matthews
Lucio Sordoni
Max Williamson
Alex Samuel
Euan Ferrie
Tom Gordon
Henco Venter
Ben Afshar
Ross Thompson
Jamie Dobie
Tom Jordan
Stafford McDowall
Facundo Cordero
Josh McKay
Angus Fraser
Nathan McBeth
Oli Kebble
Ruaraidh Hart
Sintu Manjezi
Gregor Hiddleston
Sean Kennedy
Duncan Weir
Match Substitutions
Off On
Jamie Bhatti Nathan McBeth
Off On
Lucio Sordoni Oli Kebble
Off On
Alex Samuel Sintu Manjezi
Off On
Ross Thompson Duncan Weir
Off On
Ben Afshar Sean Kennedy
Off On
Tom Gordon Gregor Hiddleston
Off On
Johnny Matthews Angus Fraser
Off On
Max Williamson Ruaraidh Hart
Josh McKay Try 
Ross Thompson Conversion
Stafford McDowall Try 
Ross Thompson Conversion
Josh McKay Try 
Ross Thompson Conversion
Ben Afshar Try 
Ross Thompson Conversion
Facundo Cordero Try 
Stafford McDowall Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion