Zebre v Glasgow Warriors
On Al Kellock’s 150th appearance for the club and Fraser Lyle’s debut, the Warriors recorded a stunning eight-try win over Zebre in Italy to top the GUINNESS PRO12 ahead of next week's match against Ospreys at Scotstoun.With the RBS 6 Nations in full flow, the players who donned the black and blue jersey put on a show-stopping performance, winning 54-10.
Peter Horne and Peter Murchie both notched doubles, while Tim Swinson, DTH van der Merwe, Will Bordill and Fraser Lyle all touched down.
The match started at a frightening pace with the Warriors bringing intensity to the fore and scoring a converted try after Peter Horne performed a quick tap a few metres out before spotting a gap and touching down.
The hosts responded immediately though through a Luciano Ordure penalty.
Fraser Lyle impressed in the early stages, showing ambition when in possession of the ball and it paid off when he tried to intercept the ball which allowed DTH van der Merwe to latch onto it and run through to score before Horne converted.
The match was extremely entertaining and open with Zebre hitting back with their captain, Filippo Cristiano who notched following a Peter Horne kick which was charged down.
That meant Zebre trailed by four points, 14-10.
The Warriors were focussed on the victory and soon scored their third try of the afternoon after 19 minutes when Horne offloaded to Murchie and he was able to touch down before Horne converted.
With the visitors leading 21-10, Alex Allan was sent to the sin-bin after an infringement deep inside Glasgow’s half.
The Warriors were creative in attack and after 38 minutes, Horne found the ball out wide and dived over in the corner to collect the bonus point.
Townsend’s men weren’t done there and on the stroke of 40 minutes, Tim Swinson bulldozed his way through to score before Horne converted giving Glasgow a 33-10 victory.
The second half started slower than the first and the Warriors rhythm was disrupted when Niko Matawalu was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on.
On his first appearance in a Warriors jersey, Fraser Lyle was a composed figure in the heart of Glasgow’s backline and he was rewarded with a try after 65 minutes when he dived over the line after a searing DTH van der Merwe break.
Horne converted before he was replaced by Connor Braid giving the men from Scotstoun a 40-10 lead
As the game fizzled out, Zebre were reduced to 14 men for the remainder of the game when Giulio Toniolatti was sin-binned for a stamp.
From the next passage of play, the Warriors scored their seventh try of the game when a searing break allowed Murchie to break free and score. Braid then converted to give Glasgow a 47-10 advantage.
As the game came to an end, the travelling Ayr Rugby Under 16’s squad, who won their match against Rugby Reggio pre-match, started to chant ‘we want 50’, and they got what they asked for when Will Bordill broke free and scored his first try for Glasgow before Braid kicked between the sticks, giving the visitors a 54-10 win