Dragons Rugby V Glasgow Warriors
Glasgow could only manage a draw at Rodney Parade as they failed to convert several chances on a cold night in South Wales.
Warriors got off to the worst possible start, conceding a try in the opening two minutes. Pouncing on an overthrown line out the hosts punished Glasgow’s mistake to take an early lead.
It took ten minutes for the visitors to get a foothold in the game and were it not for a Dragons penalty hitting the post they would be have been further behind.
However, Glasgow switched on during their first venture to the Dragons 22. From a line-out the forwards set and made ground with the driving maul.
With the referee playing advantage, George Horne picked the ball out of the mass of bodies and put through a perfect chip off the outside of his right boot and Brandon Thomson timed his run to collect and touch down.
Glasgow started to stretch their legs. Ratu Tagive marauding down the pitch only for his offload missing its destination.
Consecutive penalties gave the Warriors good territory, as did the carrying abilities of Nick Grigg who burst through tackles he had absolutely no right to make his way through.
His powerful leg drive set up Glasgow’s second score, forcing his way through a tackle before passing inside to George Horne who was on hand to score his eighth try of the season.
Glasgow continued to find joy through the middle, Hastings and Thomson both dancing through gaps, but the final pass never found Warriors’ fingertips and the gap remained ten points when it could have been much more.
Dragons soon made the visitors pay for their sloppiness and the Warriors fell asleep for the final ten minutes as they had done the opening ten.
Firstly, a penalty cut the gap before a clever chip and speedy chase just before the break evened up the scores as the referee called time.
Glasgow would continue to be their own worst enemy in the second period, wasting several try scoring opportunities that would surely have taken the game away from the tenacious Dragons.
Camped one meter from the Dragons’ line they conceded a turnover and the hosts duly cleared their lines.
This would become a theme for the remainder of the game. Warriors venturing into the opposition 22 only to concede a turnover penalty at the breakdown.
Hearts were in mouths when Dragons intercepted and looked to be clear but scrambling defence saved Glasgow.
Ultimately the visitors were unable to breach the Dragons’ defensive line in the second period and had to concede to a share of the points as the referee blew the full time whistle.