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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 6
- 8th Oct 2010
- KO 19:30
- Ground: Fir Hill
Warriors slay Dragons
Thomson's try ends Glasgow's losing streak
Glasgow got their Heineken Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 21-13 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons.
Glasgow had lost to the Dragons at Rodney Parade in the Magners League last month, but got their revenge in a closely-fought Pool 6 encounter.
Tries from Graeme Morrison and Fergus Thomson sealed the win for the home side, whose pace behind the scrum frequently had the visitors in trouble.
It was all Glasgow in the opening minutes and the Dragons defence soaked up plenty of early pressure, until a penalty took them downfield and in their first visit to the Warriors' 22, they collected a simple score.
Andrew Coombs and Scott Morgan made inroads down the left, the ball was switched to midfield, the defence edged in and when the ball reached Adam Hughes the wing crashed over unopposed. Matthew Jones slotted the conversion
Glasgow number 10 Ruaridh Jackson kicked three penalties in quick succession to edge the hosts in front midway through the half, as referee Jerome Garces ran out of patience with the Dragons infringing.
Then, with five minutes of the half remaining, came the try the Warriors had been threatening.
Colin Gregor raced away and found John Barclay inside him. The Warriors skipper was hauled down inches short but rapidly recycled ball gave Morrison space to go over, giving Jackson a straightforward conversion.
At 16-7 ahead heading towards the break, the Warriors were in control, but Jones was able bring the margin back to six points at half-time with a penalty.
Jones narrowed the margin further with a penalty four minutes into the second half, but Glasgow then upped a gear.
Argentinian wing Federico Aramburu had gone close a couple of times for the Warriors and from his second dip at the line, quick ball found the Dragons defence out of position and hooker Fergus Thomson went over for Glasgow's second try.
Although Jackson missed the conversion, the home side were growing in confidence.
Referee Garces was doing little to endear himself to the noisy Glasgow crowd, but the home side looked to be running the clock down successfully.
Then a Wayne Evans kick left the hobbling Bernardo Stortoni stranded and Glasgow were penned in their own 22 until man-of-the-match Gregor got them out of trouble with a couple of fine clearances.
Jones had a last-minute attempt to salvage the bonus point but his kick fell short, as Glasgow ended their four-game losing streak in a group which also includes holders Toulouse and former champions London Wasps.