Glasgow Warriors v Benetton Treviso

With a three-week international break on the horizon, Glasgow Warriors ground out a crucial victory in front of nearly 6,000 supporters.

In a tight game against their Italian counterparts, Niko Matawalu scored a stunning first half try.

Peter Horne added the other points for the Warriors on a rainy Scotstoun evening.

Ryan Wilson and Ryan Grant returned from injury, and fresh from a Scotland call up, Peter Horne started at fly-half.

James Downey and Richie Vernon were also paired in the centre having done so last week for Currie.

The match saw Will Bordill make his debut and Zander Fagerson make his first appearance at Scotstoun.

The game suffered a slow start and after seven minutes, Glasgow had a chance to take the lead but Horne sliced his kick wide of the posts from long range.

After 19 minutes, the match livened up through Fijian flyer, Niko Matawalu.

On the left wing, inside their own half, Glasgow managed to break free after some quick passing before Leone Nakarawa popped the ball to Murchie who passed to the onrushing Matawaulo who darted inside and touched down.

The conversion was then slammed wide by Peter Horne.

The fly-half was quick to make amends for his two misses and put the Warriors 8-0 ahead when he converted a penalty that was awarded following a scintillating break from Leone Nakarawa.

With 29 minutes gone, Treviso were in action from the kicking tee with Jayden Hayward converting a penalty.

As the break approached, the Warriors took an 11-3 lead when Treviso centre was sent to the sin-bin for a foul in the ruck.

Despite being a man down, Treviso managed to narrow the scoring gap, by slotting a penalty through Hayward.

At half-time the scoreboard read 11-6 to the Warriors in the torrential Scotstoun rain.

In the second-half conditions worsened with the ball becoming slippy.

After 48 minutes, Horne had the chance to increase Glasgow’s lead but he saw the ball go past the post.

In response, Treviso slotted a penalty of their own after 55 minutes from Hayward to bring the score within three points.

Treviso had the momentum and a chance to take the lead after 60 minutes but Hayward missed the target from the touchline.

With 67 minutes on the clock and the game on a knife-edge Peter Horne stepped up to the mark and booted the ball between the sticks after 67 minutes to give Glasgow a 14-9 lead.

Treviso’s cause wasn’t helped a minute later Anae was sent off for serious foul play.

As the game neared its end, the crowd were on the edge of their seats with the score so close but Horne eased the gap with a penalty in injury time to give Glasgow a 17-9 win.

live commentary 7:35 PM Friday 31 Oct 2014

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