RaboDirect PRO12: Glasgow firepower downs Ospreys
Last Updated: 19/04/13 10:08pm
Glasgow fly-half Duncan Weir right is shackled by Ospreys' Kahn Fotuali'i
RaboDirect PRO12 title contenders Glasgow ran in five tries in an impressive 35-17 win over the Ospreys at Scotstoun Stadium.
Two tries from Ryan Grant and a further effort from Sean Maitland took Glasgow into a 22-3 lead at the break, with the visitors' only score coming through the boot of Dan Biggar.
Although the Welsh region clawed their way back into the match through tries from Cai Griffiths and Sam Lewis, Niko Matawalu and DTH van der Merwe both crossed to seal the win and dent their opponent's play-off ambitions in the process.
In a battle between two top-four contenders, it was Steve Tandy's men who took the lead through a Biggar penalty.
It had been a scrappy opening but, despite Duncan Weir's profligacy from the tee, Glasgow gradually began to hit their stride.
The stand-off missed successive three-point opportunities but their vibrant style was eventually rewarded when Grant powered over. Another piece of quick thinking from scrum-half Matawalu ended in Maitland touching down, which was confirmed by the TMO.
A further converted try by their loosehead prop and a Weir penalty then completed what was a superb first half display by the Warriors.
The second period began with Ospreys props Grant and Adam Jones being sent to the sin bin for repeatedly collapsing the scrum.
But it was the man who took over Jones' position while he was off the field, Griffiths, who reduced the deficit when he touched down from close range.
That looked to be the score they needed to put pressure on the hosts, but Matawalu effectively ended those chances when he danced his way to the line.
Lewis did move the Ospreys to within 10 points but Peter Horne's penalty and van der Merwe's last minute score eased the Scottish side to another fine win.
Sun 12th Apr
Dragons25 - 22Leinster
Fri 24th Apr
Edinburgh0 - 0Zebre
Ulster0 - 0Leinster
Sat 25th Apr
Connacht0 - 0Glasgow Warriors
Munster0 - 0Treviso
Cardiff Blues0 - 0Ospreys
Dragons0 - 0Scarlets
Fri 8th May
Dragons0 - 0Edinburgh
Leinster0 - 0Treviso
Ospreys0 - 0Glasgow Warriors
Sat 9th May
Ulster0 - 0Munster
Zebre0 - 0Connacht
Sun 10th May
Scarlets0 - 0Cardiff Blues
Sat 16th May
Cardiff Blues0 - 0Zebre
Connacht0 - 0Ospreys
Edinburgh0 - 0Leinster
Glasgow Warriors0 - 0Ulster
Munster0 - 0Dragons
Treviso0 - 0Scarlets
RaboDirect PRO12 2012/13 Round 19
Ulster will aim to finish at the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 table when they take on Cardiff Blues at Ravenhill.
Connacht say goodbye to their number seven Johnny O'Connor when they take on Glasgow at the Galway Sportsground.
Paul O'Donohoe's last-minute try salvaged a 23-23 draw for Connacht in Treviso.
- Weir injury blow for Glasgow
- Leinster boost play-off hopes
- Davies stars in Scarlets win
- Ulster bag bonus at Connacht
- Forwards seal Treviso win
- Dragons hold off Munster rally
- Scarlets v Cardiff: Teams
- O'Driscoll seals Leinster win
- Ospreys soar into top four
- Cardiff ease past Zebre
- Connacht hold off Edinburgh
- Bowe inspires Ulster romp
- Scarlets see off Glasgow
- Munster v Leinster: Teams
- Cardiff Blues v Zebre: Teams
- Edinburgh v Connacht: Teams
- Scarlets v Glasgow: Teams
- Treviso-Connacht postponed
- Ulster finally win in Dublin
- Ospreys stay in play-off hunt
- Scarlets hold off Dragons
- Glasgow top with Munster mash
- Successive wins for Edinburgh