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May 18, 2024

Emirates Lions 44 - 21 Glasgow Warriors

United Rugby Championship match played at Ellis Park Stadium on Saturday May 18th 2024 | No comments

Kyle Rowe put Glasgow ahead before things went wrong
Glasgow's hopes of finishing top of the URC are all but gone after their second-half capitulation to the Emirates Lions in Johannesburg this afternoon.

Things started promisingly enough when Kyle Rowe got on the end of a nice kick through by George Horne to gather cleanly for Glasgow's opening try. Horne converted.

Lions had to play the following 10 minutes a player down after Ruan Venter, who had replaced Emmanuel Tshituka early on, was shown a yellow card for pushing Tom Jordan's head into the turf after a tackle.

Rowe thought he had scored again while being tackled by two Lions players but the TMO ruled there had been no "clear" grounding.

Jordan Hendrikse kicked Lions' first points with a penalty and from a Glasgow penalty that didn't find touch inside the Lions 22, the visitors fell behind as Rabz Maxwane was released on the right to touch down.

The hosts then lost Venter for the rest of the match after he caught Jordan high and was shown a red card.

Lions' discipline continued to let them down as Francke Horn was sin binned for a deliberate knock on. No penalty try was awarded as the Lions had a player covering although Warriors will feel they had an overlap.

Warriors found a way through early in the second period as Euan Ferrie touched down over the line and Horne converted.

But Glasgow again conceded from an attacking position. Lions got a turnover after Rowe had been held up near the line and Edwill van der Merwe chased his own chip to go over behind the posts. Replacement Sanele Nohamba converted.

And it only got worse for the visitors as Maxwane finished a sweeping move on the right and Nohamba added another two points.

Lions smelled a bonus point and got one when JC Pretorius took Erich Cronje's pass and ended another enterprising move on the right, with Nohamba's conversion creating a 15-point gap.

Nohamba intercepted a Duncan Weir pass to speed away and score the hosts' fifth try under the posts before converting.

Glasgow looked shellshocked but Josh McKay went over from Sione Tuipulotu's offload and replacement Weir converted to bring Franco Smith's side back to within 15 points.

However, Nohamba's penalty snuffed out any realistic chance of a comeback and Hanru Sirgel went over for a late sixth try.

Glasgow finish the weekend fourth in the standings, level on points with off Leinster and three points off leaders Munster.

Referee Craig Evans (Wales)
Oli Kebble
Angus Fraser
Murphy Walker
Gregor Brown
Scott Cummings
Euan Ferrie
Rory Darge
Henco Venter
George Horne
Tom Jordan
Kyle Rowe
Sione Tuipulotu
Stafford McDowall
Kyle Steyn
Josh McKay
Johnny Matthews
Jamie Bhatti
Zander Fagerson
Max Williamson
Matt Fagerson
Jack Dempsey
Jamie Dobie
Duncan Weir
Match Substitutions
Off On
Tom Jordan Duncan Weir
Off On
Oli Kebble Jamie Bhatti
Off On
Angus Fraser Johnny Matthews
Off On
Murphy Walker Zander Fagerson
Off On
Euan Ferrie Matt Fagerson
Off On
Rory Darge Jack Dempsey
Off On
Gregor Brown Max Williamson
Off On
George Horne Jamie Dobie
Kyle Rowe Try 
George Horne Conversion
Euan Ferrie Try 
George Horne Conversion
Josh McKay Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion