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RaboDirect PRO12: Glasgow Warriors hold off Scarlets

Last updated: 22nd March 2014  

Duncan Weir Glasgow Warriors PRO12 2014

Duncan Weir: kicked three penalties

Nikola Matawalu

Nikola Matawalu: scored the only try of the game for Glasgow

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Glasgow kept their RaboDirect PRO12 top four hopes alive with a hard-fought 14-6 win over Scarlets.

By contrast the result was a blow for the visitors, who were coming off a run of three wins in four starts that had re-awakened their own bid for a top four place.

Glasgow, who led 11-3 at the break, scored the only try of the night in the 31st minute, when livewire winger Nikola Matawalu crossed, with Duncan Weir adding three penalties.

Scarlets had little possession to engineer much in the way of attacks but defended securely with their points coming from a brace of Olly Barkley penalties.

Glasgow dominated possession from the start and when referee Alain Rolland detected a high tackle on centre Alex Dunbar in the eighth minute, stand-off Weir opened the scoring.

Glasgow made nothing of further possession particularly when they chose to put a penalty into touch on the visitors' line but midway through the half, Scarlets were penalised for off-side, and Weir kicked the simple penalty.

Six minutes later, veteran hooker Doug Hall's throw was not straight on the first time Scarlets produced a position close to the Glasgow line.

Glasgow were then penalised at the subsequent scrum and Barkley opened the visitors' account.

Glasgow returned to the attack, helped by Rolland continuing to penalise Scarlets at the tackle, and Matawalu touched down.

Again, Glasgow had turned down a chance to kick for the posts, and the subsequent line out drive had sent Rolland to the television match official.

Cut through

The verdict was no try, but from the subsequent scrum, Matawlu, who despite being listed as a winger was popping up all along the back line, took the pass from scrum-half Chris Cusiter at pace and cut through to score from 10 metres.

Weir's conversion attempt slipped wide, so Glasgow went in at half-time deservedly leading 11-3.

Within the first 10 minutes of the restart Weir and Barkley had exchanged penalties.

Soon after Scarlets had replaced their complete front row, their scrum was penalised but Glasgow's substitute centre Mark Bennett failed with the long range penalty attempt.

As the final quarter began, Glasgow produced a prolonged period of scintillating passing and off-loading.

However Scarlets stoutly rebuffed the siege of their line which ended with Glasgow penalised at a close-in scrum.

Glasgow continued to press in the closing stages and Scarlets were in debt to right winger Kristian Phillips who got back to deal with a dangerous kick to his line.

With three minutes left on the clock, Scarlets had the chance to claim a bonus point but Aled Thomas' penalty went wide.

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Guinness PRO12 Table - May 10 2014
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