URC: Ospreys v Glasgow: Warriors maul their way to bonus-point victory

Four line-out created tries secures win on the road

Johnny Matthews scored two of Glasgow Warriors' four tries. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Johnny Matthews scored two of Glasgow Warriors' four tries. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

Ospreys 23

Glasgow Warriors 31

TOMMY HENRY @ Swansea.com Stadium

GLASGOW used the line-out drive like an artillery barrage as they kept repeating the simple formula near the Ospreys line for this bonus point win.

A late penalty by Duncan Weir put their noses in front with four minutes to go before replacement prop Alan Dell added a fourth bonus-point try from a final line-out drive, Weir adding the conversion to deny the home team a losing bonus point.

It was a third win out of four for Glasgow in a strong start to the season, showing they can find different ways to the line when Plan A is struggling to fire.

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“We always plan to try and score four tries and never mind the result, so we were glad we got that done,” said head coach Franco Smith. “But the Ospreys were excellent tonight, especially in the first 20 minutes they disrupted us completely, they were very accurate when they had the opportunities and we had to fight hard to stay in the game.

“When they got that penalty [to go ahead] there were seven minutes left on the clock and I thought there was an opportunity, with our line-out maul doing well, that if we got a chance on their side of the field we would have a chance – which happened.

“From that we created another opportunity so we are grateful for that. The team which wants to play with the ball in hand needs to have a different weapon as well, that is our game and our DNA so we work hard on that.

“We are excited, it is a good start to the season we can build on.”

Glasgow looked to play their usual open game, but struggled to get any change from the Ospreys defence and the first half action was mainly dictated by the forwards and the penalties each side could win.

Those went the way of the Ospreys early on and they kicked their way down to the Glasgow line where the resulting line-out drive was finished off by centre Kieron Williams who darted through the fringes to score.

Outside half Jack Walsh converted from touch and the Ospreys nearly extended their lead, only a sideways bounce of the ball preventing left wing Mat Protheroe from touching down a kick through.

Glasgow went down to 14 men when outside-half Weir was too upright in trying to stop Williams, resulting in a clash of heads which saw the Glasgow man heading for the sin-bin and the Ospreys player heading for an HIA from which he did not return.

Walsh kicked a penalty from the incident, but Glasgow survived the rest of the period before Weir returned having passed an HIA of his own.

Glasgow scored a try immediately after returning to full complement as the forwards drove their way over from a line-out, try machine Johnny Matthews getting the touchdown and Weir adding the conversion.

It meant Glasgow trailed by just three points at the break and shortly afterwards they were able to complete their recovery with a second try for Matthews from a line-out drive, Weir again adding the conversion.

Another line-out drive and another try just a handful of minutes later, this time flanker Sione Vailanu getting the try with Weir adding the conversion.

Them Ospreys hit back, first through a Walsh penalty and then through the best move of the game. They managed to free right wing Luke Morgan with some slick passing, his kick back inside was collected by scrum-half Reuben Morgan-Williams who sidestepped his way over for the try. Walsh added the easy conversion.

Then the visiting outside half put his team back in the lead with another penalty before Glasgow’s strong finish denied the home team even a losing bonus point.


Teams –

Ospreys: M Nagy; L Morgan, K Williams (G North 24), O Watkin, M Protheroe; J Walsh, R Morgan-Williams; N Smith (G Phillips 66), D Lake, B Warren (T Botha 51), R Davies (J Fender 66), A Beard, H Deaves (J Ratti 51), J Tipuric (capt), M Morris

Glasgow Warriors: O Smith; S Cancelliere, S Tuipulotu (T Jordan 71), S McDowall (capt), K Rowe; D Weir, J Dobie (S Kennedy 59); J Bhatti (A Dell 71), J Matthews (A Fraser 71), L Sordoni (E Pieretto 71), S Manjezi (G Petersen 3-17, 48), R Gray, M Fagerson (A Miller 71), S Vailanu, H Venter.

Referee: Andrea Piardi (FIR)


Scorers –

Ospreys: Tries: Williams, Morgan-Williamsl; Cons: Walsh 2; Pens: Walsh 3.

Glasgow Warriors: Tries: Matthews 2, Vailanu, Dell; Cons: Weir 4; Pens: Weir.

Scoring sequence (Ospreys first): 5-0; 7-0; 10-0; 10-5; 10-7 (h-t) 10-12; 10-14; 10-19; 10-21; 13-21; 18-21; 20-21; 23-21; 23-24; 23-29; 23-31.


Yellow cards –

Glasgow Warriors: Weir (25 mins)

Ospreys: Tipuric (77 mins)


Attendance: 4,355.

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  1. If Johnny Matthews retired tomorrow his try scoring feats would be stuff of legends. Even when he had his cameo for Scotland he scored his try running like an outside centre with his heels on fire! Lets hope he stays fit, hangs around for a while and bags few more!

  2. Had to miss (going to) the Edinburgh game but this allowed me to see the full Glasgow game.I’m not sure which was more exciting-Weir’s long range penalty or Healy’s last second drop goal winner!
    Anyway great to have both our clubs win difficult matches that no doubt in past years we’d have lost at the death.

  3. Tough win , no where near our best, but BP win and a couple of tries for the inimitable MOM Mathews will do. It was more of a forward day for Glasgow, at times I forgot who the backs actually were. I noticed when Dobie was injured, he looked in a lot of pain, he might be out for a while again , in which case sending Price to Edinburgh might look like a bad move, since we have only Horne and Kennedy as experienced 9’s and Afshar who I know little of, other than he was part of the under 20’s set up to fall back on.

  4. Not won there in 5 years, and the Ospreys are improving, so details aside, a really important win on the road to put any doubts to bed from travels last season, a very valuable 5 points in the bag when we weren’t clicking, and denying them any points from the game is a huge result. Well done the Warriors!

    Thought that Manjezi looked out of sorts on but possibly only just passed his HIA after a few mins. Keen to see Samuel continue to get his share through the season. Vailanu was lively and Fagerson as usual had a huge work rate that goes mostly unnoticed.

    Stafford had picked up from where he left off last season, great to see when his career was almost dead and buried two years ago. Duncy did a good job last night, it was a night where we simply had to nail those difficult kicks – but need more inventiveness when we face rush defences – Stafford’s grubber casing mayhem with the Ospreys and that tactic helps keep defences honest. I do wonder how Ross Thompson is doing?

    I remember seeing Kennedy when he arrived at Scotstoun first time round (that’s possibly 10 yrs ago now?) and thought that his service was excellent. He may not have the all court game of others, but we definitely looked sharper when he came on. I’m a big fan of Dobie who I think has struggled without the game time at 9, but has he developed a delivery stutter when passing from the base which loses a half second?

    Oh – and gotta say, great win for Edi last night!

    • Seemed England were the only team that looked comfortable against the SA rush defence during the World Cup. Their answer was pray for rain and kick, kick, kick, kick,… and kick it again. (Still came up short.)
      Everyone that attempted to run through it or round it with the ball came a cropper.
      Expect a lot of rushing this year.

  5. Thatll do.
    If Ross Thompson Is not back soon a new 10 is required.
    Weir actually kicked very well but is far too static
    Excellent win for Glasgow. Matthews try scoring is phenomenal and a very useful weapon.
    Not a very Glasgow performance (no flamboyant tries or anyone going coast to coast) but a well earned gritty win nonetheless.

  6. Not pretty but a win at Ospreys is always a good one. They played with a lot of width early on and we struggled to do the same and couldn’t really get our game going so finding a way to win when your not at your best cant be bad. Our line out maul is some weapon. I thought we were going to win comfortably at 21-10 then they score the best try of the game which alas came from us overthrowing at a line out. Rescued by Duncy at the end. I know Manjezi is just back from injury but as per last season really don’t think he’s up to the mark – lacks physicality and looks a bit light weight.

    • I thought Manjezi took a while to settle last term but was just starting to look a decent player when he got injured.

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