Glasgow secure top spot with 35-22 win over Connacht

Stuart Hogg scored the opening try for Glasgow Warriors
Stuart Hogg scored the opening try for Glasgow Warriors
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Glasgow Warriors 35-22 Connacht, Glasgow

Glasgow Warriors came up with a clinical performance as they sealed the top spot in Conference A with a 35-22 bonus point victory over Connacht in their Pro 14 clash on Friday.

Glasgow now have 70 points from 18 games that confirms a home semi-final while Connacht are struggling at the sixth position in 34 points. The start was not an auspicious one for the Warriors though as an early foul within 30 seconds of the kick-off saw Finlay Bealham scoring the opening try for Connacht.

Warriors though was quick to bounce back with DTH Van Der Merwe overpowering Bundee Aki and offloaded to Stuart Hogg, who dived past the line to level the scores. Horne kicked a conversion and backed it with three more penalties to make the scoreline 16-5.

Jack Carty kicked a 24th minute penalty to pull back things a bit but Alex Dunbar capitalising on a pass by Horne scored their second try and at the stroke of half time dived crom close range as the first half ended with a 30-8 lead for the Scottish side.

Connacht were hoping for a turnaround after the break but a well coordinated attack from the Warriors saw Pyrgos dotting down in the 43rd minute to help them achieve the bonus point and also stretch the lead to 27 points.

A 59th minute sin-bin to Alex Allan did affect Warriors a bit as eight minutes later Caolin Blade crossed over and as the game kicked into the final six minutes, the home side had their second yellow card - this time it was Rob Harley. Even though a penalty try was awarded to Connacht, the damage was already done as they succumbed to a 15 point defeat.

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