Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets

Saturday night was rugby night at Scotstoun and Niko Matawalu scored his third try in three games, helping Glasgow to a crucial victory over the Scarlets.

The Flying Fijian collected the Man of the Match award after his first-half score proved to be the catalyst required for the Warriors to win.

Duncan Weir, who returned to the starting line-up after starting all five of Scotland's games in the RBS 6 Nations, kicked nine points.

After going six weeks without action at Scotsoun, Glasgow lined up with a number of Scottish internationals including Chris Cusiter, Tim Swinson and Chris Fusaro. Sean Maitland and Al Kellock were named on the bench and were fielded late on, making their return from injury.

Scarlets travelled north with a point to prove after losing to Glasgow earlier in the season and John Barclay was included in their side, making his first appearance on the Scotstoun since his departure last summer.

The Warriors started brightly and Duncan Weir gave his side a 3-0 lead after seven minutes with a penalty in front of the posts.

The hosts were the more dominant side early on and were 6-0 in front after 20 minutes when Duncan Weir rifled the ball between the sticks from 24 metres out.

Six minutes later, the Scarlets edged their way back into the match with an Olly Barkley penalty.

Glasgow refused to relent though and deservedly scored a try after a prolonged period of pressure.

They thought they’d added five points to their tally after 29 minutes but the TMO adjudged Chris Fusaro to have been held up before the try line.

The men in black and blue didn’t have to wait long to score a legitimate try though with Niko Matawalu scampering over from the resultant scrum.

Duncan Weir then missed the conversion but Glasgow went in at the break 11-3 to the good.

Three minutes into the second half Glasgow’s number 10 made amends when he slotted a kick between the sticks to make it 14-3.

After 49 minutes, the Scarlets were awarded a kick in front of the posts and Olly Barkley duly converted bringing them within eight points of Glasgow.

That score proved to be the last of the game and as the rain bucketed down the Warriors demonstrated their dogged spirit to secure the 14-6 victory.

On Friday the Warriors are back at Scotstoun for a huge game against the Ospreys, who are one place and four points ahead of them in fourth.

Cick here to secure your tickets for Glasgow Warriors v Ospreys at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday 28 March (kick-off 7.35pm

live commentary 6:30 PM Saturday 22 Mar 2014

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