Glasgow Warriors V Harlequins

Glasgow Warriors came from behind to beat English Premiership side Harlequins 50-17 at North Inch in Perth.Niko Matawlau scored two tries in Glasgow's 50-17 win over Harlequins

The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge was played in front of 5,918 supporters who witnessed 11 tries being scored between the sides.

Dave Rennie's squad went behind to a Phil Swainston try and Marcus Smith conversion, but centre Paddy Kelly scored the Warriors opening try shortly afterwards and Brandon Thomson made it 7-7 with the conversion.

Renaldo Bothma put Harlequins ahead once again when he dived over in the corner and the missed conversion meant Harlequins led 12-7.

Rory Hughes, who was playing his first game in almost 10 months after returning from injury, dashed through to score Glasgow's second of the day, after some great work from Brandon Thomson to make it 12-12.

Following several five-metre scrums at the end of the first-half Glasgow eventually capitalised with Kevin Bryce, who recently re-joined the club from Edinburgh doing well in the build-up to allow Matt Smith to power over. Thomson converted and Glasgow led 19-12 at the break.

It was an impressive second period from the Warriors, who ran in five tries and kept Quins to a single score.

Alex Allan powered over for the first and replacement Adam Hastings converted to make it 26-12 to the Warriors.

Debutant Nick Frisby scored his first try for the club after intercepting inside the Harlequins 22 and Hastings converted to stretch Glasgow's lead to 33-12.

Harlequins got their only try of the second-half after Smith intercepted and scored, but the conversion was missed (33-17).

Adam Ashe then got in on the act as he too powered over the line on his return from injury, the conversion went wide and the Warriors led 38-17.

Glasgow ran in a further two tries - both from second-half replacement Niko Matawalu.

The first was from a break from inside their own half. Niko Matawalu gathered a clever Adam Hastings cross-field kick and sped away down the wing to score. Hastings converted and Glasgow were 45-17 ahead.

The final try was created by Ruaridh Jackson down the left and his pass put Matawalu in for his second and Glasgow's eighth of the afternoon with 10 minutes left on the clock to make it 50-17.

That was the end of the scoring and Glasgow will now prepare for their final pre-season game against Northampton Saints on Friday.

live commentary 2:00 PM Saturday 18 Aug 2018

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