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March 30, 2024

Scarlets 3 - 45 Glasgow Warriors

United Rugby Championship match played at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday March 30th 2024 | No comments

Henco Venter put in a big shift for Warriors
Glasgow Warriors secured a valuable bonus-point win over Scarlets in Llanelli this evening.

The win at Parc y Scarlets lifts Franco Smiths side into second place in the URC table and they managed it with plenty to spare.

Kyle Rowe took the player-of-the-match award with a hat-trick of tries with other scores coming from Gregor Hiddleston, Scott Cummings, Johnny Matthews and a penalty try. Duncan Weir kicked four conversions.

Scarlets offered very little and weren't helped by poor discipline that brought three yellow cards.

In the opening exchanges home winger Tom Rogers was shown a yellow card after a mid-air collision with Rowe. The Scotland winger recovered to make the most of the extra space in the home defence to open the scoring inside six minutes.

Scarlets had brief flashes with Tomi Lloyd's burst and Ioan Lloyd's penalty after 14 minutes, but Warriors were exerting pressure on the home defences that finally broke when a line-out maul was finished by hooker Hiddleston.

First-choice fly-half Sam Costelow was unavailable for Scarlets after a training ground injury and then lost back-up Lloyd who didn't come out for the second half.

His replacement, Dan Jones, made a nightmare start when, with his first touch of the ball, his kick was charged down for lock Cummings to touch down for a try after just 40 seconds of the second period.

There was another blow for Scarlets and Jones when he was shown a yellow card for bringing down a Glasgow maul for a penalty try which secured the bonus-point.

Sam Lousi was fortunate to escape with just a yellow-card after a late shoulder charge on scrum-half George Horne. The resulting penalty saw Matthews finish of a line-out drive for his 12th of the season before Stafford McDowall's long pass handed Rowe an easy finish for his second.

And the wing completed his treble after great footwork from Tom Jordan with the last move of the match.

Glasgow head coach Franco Smith said: I'm happy with the win but there's still lot of things to improve on, which is fantastic.

"I'm really happy with the way the players presented themselves with their eagerness and work-rate, which made me really proud.

"But i still felt we could have taken more of our chances, especially in the first half. We could have been more clinical."

Referee Gianlucca Gnecchi (Italy)
Man of the Match Kyle Rowe
Nathan McBeth
Gregor Hiddleston
Zander Fagerson
Max Williamson
Scott Cummings
Ally Miller
Rory Darge
Henco Venter
George Horne
Duncan Weir
Kyle Rowe
Tom Jordan
Stafford McDowall
Sebastian Cancelliere
Josh McKay
Johnny Matthews
Allan Dell
Lucio Sordoni
Sintu Manjezi
Gregor Brown
Tom Gordon
Jamie Dobie
Duncan Munn
Match Substitutions
Off On
Nathan McBeth Allan Dell
Off On
Gregor Hiddleston Johnny Matthews
Off On
Max Williamson Sintu Manjezi
Off On
Zander Fagerson Lucio Sordoni
Off On
George Horne Jamie Dobie
Off On
Rory Darge Tom Gordon
Off On
Duncan Weir Duncan Munn
Off On
Scott Cummings Gregor Brown
Kyle Rowe Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
Gregor Hiddleston Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
Scott Cummings Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
Penalty try Try 
Johnny Matthews Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
Kyle Rowe Try 
Kyle Rowe Try