24-point Thom­son puts the boot into sloppy Scar­lets

The Rugby Paper - - Pro14 - By LUKE JARMYN

A MAN of the match dis­play and 24 points from Glas­gow fly-half Bran­don Thom­son saw War­riors home de­spite hav­ing only 14-men.

This spicy af­fair was heated up by a con­tentious red-card for loose­head Alex Allen in the 18th minute for a shoul­der-to­head tackle on Wales in­ter­na­tional Jake Ball.

The win ends a fiveg­ame Glas­gow drought against Scar­lets dat­ing back to April 2016 and re­in­forces their po­si­tion at the helm of Con­fer­ence A.

South African age­grade in­ter­na­tional Thom­son said: “We’ve been work­ing hard on kick­ing out-of-hand and prof­ited from that ex­tra train­ing.

“Rather than be­ing wor­ried when we went down to 14, the boys knew they had to step-up and we did pretty good.”

Scar­lets play­maker Rhys Patchell got an early score af­ter a col­lapsed scrum but Glas­gow were in the as­cen­dancy and Thom­son lev­elled.

In the 18th minute, the Llanelli-based side put to­gether six quick phases be­fore lock Ball was takenoff with a head in­jury while Allen was sent off, but cru­cially Thom­son’s boot got the next score.

Ball’s re­place­ment Lewis Rawl­ins then es­caped a du­bi­ous tackle in the air on cen­tre Stafford McDowall, but in the 27th minute, as the Welsh-side strug­gled to de­fend their try-line, he was sin-binned for a cyn­i­cal tackle.

At the restart, Thom­son sold a cheeky dummy and crossed the white-wash.

The away-side were

de­nied a golden chance when Patchell tripped over team-mate prop Rob Evans be­fore an­other bit of class by Patchell sent No.8 Uzair Cassiem just a frac­tion short.

But the re­cy­cled ball was turned over with Glas­gow wing Niko Matawalu break­ing clear be­fore be­ing pushed into touch.

Af­ter half-time Glas­gow upped a gear. A turnover from a Scar­lets li­ne­out and a kick-chase by full­back Ruar­idh Jack­son landed per­fectly for cen­tre Nick Grigg to run over.

Thom­son added six­point with the boot and Scar­lets got a sec­ond sin­bin­ning when re­place­ment Tom Phillips shoul­der con­nected with War­riors lock Tim Swin­son’s head.

Skip­per Jonathan Davies’ in­ter­cep­tion and break went cross-field for St­eff Evans to score and re­place­ment Clay­ton Blom­metjies fin­ished a beau­ti­ful pas­sage of play but any come-back was thwarted by a late Thom­son penalty.

Scar­lets coach Wayne Pi­vac said: “They thor­oughly de­served their vic­tory. Glas­gow were win­ning the con­tact area through body po­si­tion and de­sire. We weren’t that ac­cu­rate and they pun­ished us.

“It’s very dis­ap­point­ing, our dis­ci­pline let us down with 16 penal­ties. We’re very dis­ap­pointed with our form on the road, that has to change.”

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