Zebre V Glasgow Warriors
Glasgow Warriors secured their ninth bonus point victory of the season over a tenacious Zebre side, winning 40-20 in a game that will have pleased the neutrals.
At times it was a frantic game between two sides whose preference is to run the ball and nine tries in total, six going to the visitors, meant that the vocal travelling support went home satisfied.
Glasgow’s first try came within the opening ten. Captain for the day opting not to take a simple three points instead ordering the penalty to go to the corner.
Jonny Gray gratefully accepted the line out and the maul set around him making good ground. Matt Fagerson the eventual try scorer at the bottom of a pile of bodies.
Zebre responded immediately and drew things level two minutes later, exercising their backline and scoring a well worked try in the corner.
Warriors’ second try was at complete contrast to their first. Lee Jones gliding through the Zebre defence running a line straight off the training park and dotting down under the posts.
Another big heave from the forwards at maul time awarded Glasgow their third score. Making good ground the pack was dragged down just meters from the Zebre line and the referee ran under the posts with his arm aloft to award the penalty try.
Warriors secured a try scoring bonus before the break. Finn Russell changing the direction of play with a long pass to replacement Adam Ashe whose barnstorming run and offload released George Horne who tiptoed round the outside of the full-back for his seventh try of the season.
The hosts opened the scoring in the second with Glasgow still sleeping after the break. Making their way up to one meter out before forcing their way through.
Any Glagsow nerves were steadied by Lee Jones’ second try of the game. George Horne floating a lovely pass wide to Ruaridh Jackson who unselfishly fed his winger who dived over in the corner.
Refusing to roll over the Italian’s hit back again with another push over try from close range but it was Glasgow who would have the final say.
A perfect grubber from Finn Russell popped up into Huw Jones’ hands. He palmed the ball short to his centre partner Nick Grigg who showed good speed to outrun the defender and touch down under the posts.
Zebre continued to battle and as George Horne was named Man of the Match Glasgow kicked the ball into touch to secure a twenty-point victory.