Glasgow Warriors 56-24 Zebre: Comfortable bonus-point Pro14 win for hosts

George Horne scores a try

Glasgow Warriors (21) 56
Tries: G Horne 2, M Fagerson, Dolokoto 2, Van der Merwe, Penalty try, Gordon Cons: P Horne 5, Jackson 2
Zebre (17) 24
Tries: Rimpelli, Violi, Bruno Cons: Biondelli, Violi 2 Pen: Biondelli

Glasgow Warriors registered eight tries to secure a resounding bonus-point win against Zebre in Pro14 Conference A.

Two scores from George Horne and one from Matt Fagerson helped Warriors to a 21-17 half-time lead.

Mesu Dolokoto, twice, DTH van der Merwe and Tom Gordon crossed after the break and a penalty try was also awarded to Dave Rennie’s side, who are fourth.

Daniele Rimpelli, Marcello Violi and Pierre Bruno went over for sixth-placed Zebre.

Peter Horne successfully kicked five conversions and his replacement Ruaridh Jackson knocked over two more while Michelangelo Biondelli and Violi kicked nine points between them for the visitors.

George Horne was one of five players released from Six Nations duty with Scotland named in Rennie’s squad and he and fit again Fagerson helped the home side build up a 14-point lead by the 10th minute, Peter Horne converting both tries.

But Zebre fought back through Rimpelli and Violi’s tries, which sandwiched a Biondelli penalty, and Biondelli and Violi kicked a conversion each.

George Horne reasserted control for Warriors following a line-out drive before his older brother knocked over another two points.

Debutant Dolokoto was on as a temporary replacement for George Turner when he got the first of his tries and Van der Merwe added his name to the list of scorers, Peter Horne converting both.

Zebre had Junior Laloifi sin-binned for a high tackle on George Horne near the line and a penalty try was awarded by Irish referee Joy Neville before Tom Gordon’s score and Jackson’s first conversion extended Glasgow’s advantage even further.

Bruno replied for the Italian side, Violi converting, but Fiji hooker Dolokoto was back on for his second try and Jackson added another two points.

‘We responded well after half-time’ – reaction

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie: “We got five points, so that’s good. I found I was really frustrated throughout the game, mainly because we started well then decided we couldn’t kick into that breeze and lost control of the game for 25 minutes.

“I thought we responded well after half-time, kicked better and were clinical when we got opportunities. We lacked a little bit of intensity when we needed it and let in a couple of soft ones so a bit to work on. We’ll have to be better next week against Dragons.”


Glasgow Warriors: Bryce, Seymour, Grigg, McDowall, van der Merwe, P Horne, G Horne; Seiuli, Turner, Kebble, Harley, Nakarawa, Wilson, Gordon, M Fagerson.

Replacements: Steyn for van der Merwe (69), Jackson for P Horne (69), Dobie for G Horne (56), Allan for Seiuli (67), Dolokoto for Turner (46), Nicol for Kebble (63), Swinson for Harley (59), Fusaro for M Fagerson (59).

Zebre: Laloifi, Balekana, Elliott, Boni, Bruno, Biondelli, Renton; Rimpelli, Ceciliani, Bello, Nagle, Kearney, Mbanda, Tauyavuca, Giammarioli.

Replacements: Violi for Biondelli (32), Brugnara for Rimpelli (56), Fabiani for Ceciliani (56), Tarus for Bello (56), Biagi for Nagle (53), Krumov for Kearney (67), Tuivaiti for Tauyavuca (48). Not Used: Lucchin. Sin Bin: Laloifi (55).

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