Ladies and gents, the #MonthOfChampions is coming to The Sportsground!
4 champions. 1 month. Tickets on sale from Friday. pic.twitter.com/CNbDPPjFES
— Connacht Rugby (@connachtrugby) July 24, 2018
— Glasgow Warriors (@GlasgowWarriors) August 31, 2018
Craig Ronaldson came within the distance of a post of giving Connacht victory over Glasgow Warriors but in the end it was Stuart Hogg’s drop goal that proved the matchwinner in a 27-26 success.
Hogg slotted a drop goal from 30 metres out with seven minutes to go and that looked like being the winner until Nick Grigg was penalised at a breakdown with time up.
Ronaldson stepped up from 45 metres out but while his effort had the distance, it was just off-target, bouncing away off the left-hand post, much to Glasgow’s delight.
Glasgow had got off to a flying start with a first try after just two minutes. Hogg was at the heart of it, and his perfectly-judged kick allowed Tommy Seymour to stretch his legs. The winger was comfortably fastest and dotted down.
Connacht responded through Jack Carty, who slotted a penalty and they were back on terms on the quarter-hour in fine style.
The initial threat came off the top of a lineout, and the forwards then pounded away at the Glasgow line. That sucked in the defence and while the Warriors held initially, Tiernan O’Halloran spotted space out wide and played a perfect cross-kick for Kelleher to score and dot down.
Carty converted to make it 10-5.
Glasgow’s response was immediate, George Turner the beneficiary from some powerful forward play, with Peter Horne on target with the conversion on this occasion.
The lead did not last long, Connacht hitting straight back with Finlay Bealham scoring a try worthier of a centre as he ran a perfect line to collect Caolin Blade’s wide pass and crash over.
Glasgow thought they had got back level just before the half-hour when Jonny Gray reached over, but he was stopped just short.
It was temporary respite though, Zander Fagerson turning the screw on the Connacht pack in the scrum.
After a series of three dominant scrums, the Warriors eventually got over, Ryan Wilson showing his power after some strong initial Connacht defence.
The visitors were made to pay for some indiscipline in the closing stages of the half, Carty slotting two penalties to make it 23-17 to Connacht at the break.
The second period was much tighter, Carty extending the Connacht lead with a fourth penalty three minutes in.
The game looked to be slipping away from Glasgow when Adam Hastings was sin-binned for a high tackle on Blade just before the hour.
But the Warriors struck while down a man, taking a gamble by turning down a shot at goal to kick to the corner. It paid off as Adam Ashe forced his way over the line from a huge maul.
Hogg converted from the touchline to cut the deficit to two and he then slotted a long-range drop goal seven minutes from time to put the Warriors back in front.
That proved to be the winner, but only just, as Glasgow Warriors got up and running with five points on their travels.
31 Aug 2018
31 Aug 2018