First-half blitz sees War­riors cruise in

The Rugby Paper - - Guinness Pro12 -

DE­SPITE hav­ing vir­tu­ally noth­ing to play for af­ter their hopes of a PRO12 play-off place ended last week­end, Glas­gow’s sec­ond XV cut Ze­bre to shreds with a thrilling at­tack­ing per­for­mance.

The Ital­ians, who had been vic­to­ri­ous in their pre­vi­ous two league out­ings, had no an­swer to Glas­gow’s at­tack­ing on­slaught and con­ceded the bonus-point by half­time af­ter scores from Nick Grigg, Peter Murchie, Rob Har­ley and Matt Fager­son.

“I’m happy,” said War­riors head coach, Gre­gor Townsend. “We got those four tries in the first-half and prob­a­bly made harder work of it in the sec­ond than we would have liked.

“Ze­bre played a lot of good rugby and they were com­mit­ted, a big im­prove­ment on Ze­bre teams that have come here in the past.”

Ze­bre did start the stronger of the sides, putting Glas­gow un­der early heavy pres­sure be­fore Grigg opened the scor­ing af­ter ten min­utes, squeez­ing out of a tackle be­fore rolling over the line.

Peter Horne con­verted and that early try sig­nalled a Glas­gow at­tack­ing flood as Murchie added try num­ber two seven min­utes later be­fore Har­ley and Fager­son ended the game as a con­test. Horne per­fect from the tee.

Af­ter the break there was no hold­ing back Glas­gow’s at­tack­ing show. Just be­fore the hour mark Sam John­son scored num­ber five fol­lowed by Matt Smith.

Kayle Van Zyl opened Ze­bre’s ac­count fol­lowed by Kurt Baker, af­ter Smith had scored his sec­ond, to give Ze­bre some con­so­la­tion.

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