First half blitz sets War­riors on way to semi-fi­nal

The Rugby Paper - - Guinness Pro14 - By RO­NAN O’BRIEN

GLAS­GOW sealed a home semi-fi­nal af­ter this com­pre­hen­sive tri­umph over Con­nacht.

Tries from Stu­art Hogg, Alex Dun­bar, and Fraser Brown had the win wrapped up by half-time, be­fore Henry Pyr­gos sealed the bonus point shortly af­ter the restart.

“We did enough to get the job done and that was key,” said head coach Dave Ren­nie. “That’s why we kicked a lot of penal­ties in the first half be­cause it was all about get­ting a win.

“It’s nice that we know we’re go­ing to be at home in a few weeks’ time.”

Slow starts have plagued Con­nacht this sea­son but af­ter a minute they took the lead when Fin­lay Beal­ham scored off the back of a rolling maul.

But Glas­gow hit back when Hogg scored in the cor­ner, while Peter Horne con­verted and then kicked three penal­ties. Dun­bar danced through a big hole in the line, while Fraser Brown bur­rowed over in the fi­nal min­utes of the half for a 30-8 lead.

Af­ter Pyr­gos’s fourth try, Alex Al­lan was sin-binned from a scrum in­fringe­ment and Caolin Blade scored for Con­nacht. Rob Har­ley was latyer sin binned for killing the ball and the Con­nacht scrum won a penalty try, but they were sec­ond best.

“The pace of the game beat us big time that first half,” said coach Kieran Keane. “We were pas­sive in our de­fence and leak­ing tries. We had to re­group at half time and that saved us from em­bar­rass­ment.”

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