Con­nacht fail to hold on to lead against Glas­gow

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports - LIN­LEY MacKEN­ZIE

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.

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