Connacht V Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow Warriors lost a narrow contest in Galway this afternoon, meaning they will return to the west coast of Ireland for the GUINNESS play-off in a fortnight.

The Warriors started on top but Bundee Aki's try gave Connacht the lead going into half-time.

A score from Gordon Reid levelled things up early in the second half but a red card for Sila Puafisi made the job more difficult for the visitors and a try from Tiernan O'Halloran was enough to complete the win for Connacht.

Finn Russell missed the opportunity to give Warriors an early lead through an early penalty following a trademark break from Leone Nakarawa.

The home side lost prop Finlay Bealham a minute later as he went off injured, to be replaced by Rodney Ah You.

Russell's kicking was off target again after five minutes and another Warriors chance went begging in the 12th minute as Nakarawa bulldozed through the home side's defence again but his offload was spilled by Gordon Reid inside the Connacht 22.

After the Glasgow pressure Connacht hit back with the opening score in the 18th minute, Aki reaching over the line after an offload from AJ MacGinty following a line-out drive, with the American fly-half knocking over the extras.

Russell again missed the chance to get his side on the board five minutes later, pushing another penalty wide of the upright.

In tricky conditions the home side dominated the remainder of the half but neither side could find another score and they went in at the break with Connacht up by seven.

Glasgow levelled things up eight minutes into the second-half though as Reid crossed the whitewash after a pick and go, with Russell adding the conversion.

They made life harder for themselves a minute later though as prop Puafisi was shown a red card for foul play in a ruck.

Warriors' skipper Jonny Gray was penalised for blocking an on-running kick defender ten minutes later but rather than taking aim at the posts Connacht went for touch.

From the resulting phase of play a cross-field kick from substitute Shane O'Leary was collected by O'Halloran to touch down over the line and O'Leary added the extras to give Connacht a seven-point lead.

Glasgow pushed for the win in the closing 20 minutes but, despite injuries to the Connacht front row leading to uncontested scrums, Warriors could not do enough and will now return to Galway on Saturday 21 May.

live commentary 3:00 PM Saturday 7 May 2016

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