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Preview: Connacht Rugby v Glasgow Warriors

Joe Leavey 31 Aug 2018
Semi-finalists last year, Glasgow Warriors will hope to go at least one further this time around as they open up their Guinness PRO14 campaign with a trip to Connacht Rugby.
This is the third successive season that the Irish side have opened up with a home game against Glasgow, losing the previous two 41-5 and 18-12, the latter of which was Dave Rennie’s first game in charge of the Warriors.
What’s at stake?
Andy Friend starts his first season in charge at Connacht hoping to improve on a tricky campaign last year.
The Irish province finished sixth in Conference A with seven wins and 14 losses but finished the season with a thumping 47-10 defeat of compatriots and eventual PRO14 winners Leinster.
The Warriors, on the other hand, have reached at least the final-four in six of the last seven seasons – losing out in the showpiece event to Leinster in 2014 before winning the whole thing the following year – and will certainly be looking to continue that habit.
Team news (Connacht)
New signing Kyle Godwin makes his debut in the back-line for Connacht after his arrival from Super Rugby side The Brumbies.
He will line up alongside mainstay Tiernan O’Halloran, with the team’s record-breaking try scorer Matt Healy and Cian Kelleher on the wings.
In the pack, newly-appointed captain Jarrad Butler starts at openside flanker whilst academy player Paul Boyle will play at blindside after impressing in the side’s three pre-season wins.

Team news (Glasgow)
Scotland internationals Stuart Hogg and Peter Horne both start for the Warriors after they returned from touring duties with their country, with Hogg captaining his nation for the first time against the USA.
Adam Hastings and George Horne also feature after making their international debuts on the tour, whilst new signing Nick Frisby is on the bench.
The Warriors are missing Sam Johnson – who suffered a knee injury against Northampton Saints in pre-season – and Siua Halanukonuka, both of whom will be out for six to eight weeks.
Talking points:
New head coach Friend is looking forward to his first taste of Connacht rugby: “We are expecting a massive challenge from Glasgow on Saturday afternoon.
“They got off to a roaring start in last year’s campaign and I have no doubt they will be looking to do something similar this season.
“They have great strength and depth in their squad so it going to be a big challenge.
“I have heard so much about the atmosphere that our fans create in the Sportsground and I can’t wait to experience it on Saturday.”
Warriors head coach Rennie said: “”The boys have worked hard and we’re excited to rip into it in Round 1.
“We have a tough game away to Connacht who have been in really good form in pre-season so it’s a big challenge first up.
“We’ve got a few guys coming back in which gives us a lot more experience and we think that will be important.”

Key battle – George Horne v Caolin Blade
Glasgow’s George Horne was third in the try-scoring charts last year – dotting down on no less than nine occasions – and will be the man that the Warriors will once again look to for points.
He missed the clash at the Sportsground last season, and Connacht kept him quiet in the return fixture, but he will surely be hoping pick up where he left off last term.
His opposite number, Caolin Blade, must perform if he is to counteract the threat of the Scotsman and will be looking to replicate the try that he scored the last time these sides met.
Key Fact:
Connacht lost all three matches they played against Scottish opponents last season.
Did you know?
Glasgow have won their last four matches against Connacht since the Irishmen’s 16-11 victory at the Sportsground in the 2016 semi-final.
CONNACHT RUGBY: Tiernan O’Halloran; Cian Kelleher, Kyle Godwin, Tom Farrell, Matt Healy; Jack Carty, Caolin Blade; Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham; Ultan Dillane, James Cannon; Paul Boyle, Jarrad Butler, Eoin McKeon.
Replacements: Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Quinn Roux, Cillian Gallagher, James Mitchell, Craig Ronaldson, Niyi Adeolokun.
GLASGOW WARRIORS: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Nick Grigg, Peter Horne, DTH van der Merwe; Adam Hastings, George Horne; Zander Fagerson, George Turner, Oli Kebble; Jonny Gray, Scott Cummings; Ryan Wilson, Callum Gibbins, Rob Harley
Replacements: Fraser Brown, Alex Allan, D’Arcy Rae, Adam Ashe, Chris Fusaro, Nick Frisby, Alex Dunbar, Niko Matawalu.
TV: At The Sportsground, 3pm Live on Premier Sports, EIR Sport, TG4
Referee: Ian Davies (WRU, 73rd competition game)
Assistant Referees: Adam Jones (WRU), Eddie Hogan-O’Connell (IRFU)
Citing Commissioner: Tim Lowry (IRFU)
TMO: Olly Hodges (IRFU)
 

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Ronaldson denied as Warriors triumph in Galway

Paul Eddison 1 Sep 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.

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