Connacht fail to hold on to lead against Glasgow
On the opening day of the Pro14 Dave Rennie’s Glasgow prevailed with greater efficiency over Kieran Keane’s Connacht at the Galway Sportsground.
Scoring two tries to one reflected Glasgow’s superiority, and Rennie’s former assistant Keane did not mince his words. “We probably got what we deserved,” he said.
Although the scoreline was considerably closer than last year’s corresponding 41-5 defeat, it was a still a tough night for Connacht who led 9-3 at half-time.
Outhalf Jack Carty struck in the second minute but Connacht struggled to make an impact with their set piece coming under pressure. It gave Glasgow a platform to counter with three points from outhalf Peter Horne, who had missed a previous effort from a scrum penalty.
Carty struck a second penalty after 18 minutes, but despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession, Connacht could only muster a third penalty on the stroke of half-time.
It did not take long for Glasgow to reduce the deficit, adding a penalty and try within two minutes. Glasgow wnet on the produce the greater cohesion in both attack and defence, striking the winning blow when left wing Lee Jones crossed after Price had delivered superb cross-field kick.