Dragons Rugby V Glasgow Warriors
Alex Dunbar made a try-scoring return to GUINNESS PRO12 action as Glasgow Warriors recorded their second win on the road this season. Alex Dunbar
Dunbar recovered from a thigh injury to start at Newport Gwent Dragons and crossed over early in the second half, after Angus O'Brien had booted the hosts into the lead.
The Dragons - seeking to arrest a run of three straight defeats - crept into the lead once more but Duncan Weir went over inside the final ten minutes to settle a nervy contest at Rodney Parade and move the Warriors into the top half of the table.
The Dragons flew out the blocks and forced an early penalty right in front of the posts - an easy nerve-settler for O'Brien, who made it 3-0.
Weir levelled things up on 11 minutes.
But O'Brien hit back and the Warriors were soon down to 14 men.
Leone Nakarawa did well to catch Nick Scott after the winger hacked clear but Greg Peterson obstructed O'Brien after he chipped through, earning him ten minutes in the bin and allowing the Welsh fly-half to make it 9-3.
The hosts struggled to capitalise on their advantage, and the next three points came courtesy of Weir's boot before Fraser Brown's hands in the ruck allowed O'Brien to restore a six-point gap. At half-time the Warriors were behind 12-6 at the break.
Glasgow began the second half as their hosts had begun the first and they struck almost immediately, Dunbar - making his first GUINNESS PRO12 appearance since November - powering through a gap to cross over.
Weir converted to put the Warriors ahead for the first time but they were soon behind again when hands in the ruck allowed O'Brien to slot his fifth penalty.
Gordon Reid thought he scored after peeling off the maul to cross over only for referee Gary Conway to rule out the try.
Heading into the final ten minutes, the Warriors began to assert their dominance and that crucial second try arrived, Josh Strauss finding a gap on the outside and offloading to Weir to score.
He missed the extras but that didn't prove decisive as the visitors saw out a narrow victory ahead of next Sunday's match against Cardiff Blues.