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  • Kellock, Cross, Dunbar, Grant, Hogg (2), Matawalu (2),
    Conversions: Jackson, Weir (6),
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RaboDirect PRO12: Glasgow beat Zebre 54-0 to secure home berth for play-off

Last updated: 10th May 2014  

Duncan Weir Glasgow Warriors PRO12 2014

Duncan Weir: Kicked six conversions for Glasgow

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Stuart Hogg: Touched down for a try inside a minute

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A rampant first-half performance from Glasgow Warriors inspired a 54-0 victory over Zebre and secured the Scots their first-ever home berth for a play-off quarter-final.

Glasgow, who finished second in the RaboDirect PRO12 table, can now look forward to hosting third-placed Munster at Scotstoun next Friday. Meanwhile, Zebre lacked conviction and ended up bottom of the league and surpassed by fellow Italians Treviso.

Glasgow got off to the perfect start with a try from Stuart Hogg inside 47 seconds; further tries, from Ryan Grant, Al Kellock and Hogg, saw the bonus point achieved before 20 minutes had passed.

Alex Dunbar and Nikola Matawalu added tries before the break and, with Duncan Weir converting all but one, Glasgow led 40-0 at the turn.

In much different conditions Glasgow scored two second-half tries through Geoff Cross and Matawalu with Weir converting the first and Ruaridh Jackson the second.

Glasgow made the perfect start winger Sean Lamont, making his first outing since he was injured in March while playing for Scotland, started the move up the right from where possession was transferred left, with Hogg coming into the line and breaking two weak tackles to touch down.

The next two tries came from similar positions. A penalty was kicked to touch close to the Zebre line producing a Glasgow line-out.

On the first occasion number eight Leone Nakarawa produced one of his basketball passes to find prop Grant, who touched down.

Secondly, captain Kellock seized the throw-in and dropped over the line, with the score awarded after the television official ruled out blocking.

Glasgow's fourth try, and the quickest bonus-point try of the RaboDirect season, arrived in the 19th minute. Following mesmeric handling, scrum half Henry Pyrgos found Hogg, who scored - with stand-off Weir having succeeded with all four conversion attempts, Glasgow led 28-0.

It was one-way traffic and two further tries allowed the home side go in at the break leading 40-0, Weir missing the first conversion.

On 28 minutes Hogg found Alex Barr with a long pass on the halfway line and the centre shrugged off two tacklers to run in for the score.

Hogg was deprived of his hat-trick by Matawalu three minutes later. The full-back had put a long hack ahead to the posts but his winger beat him to the touchdown.

Zebre conjured up their one scoring chance in the 31st minute, but TV evidence showed that lock Quintin Geldenhuys had grounded the ball just short.

By the time the second half kicked off the lovely spring evening had turned into a downpour and the nature of the match changed.

Although Glasgow remained parked in the Zebre half, the game's third quarter passed without a score being registered.

Glasgow's next try arrived in the 66th minute. Replacement prop Cross burrowed over for Weir to kick a good conversion.

Then, with four minutes left, Matawalu broke through just outside the Zebre 22 to score under the posts with substitute number 10 Jackson converting.

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Guinness PRO12 Table - October 12 2014
Pos Team P Pts
11 Zebre 6 5
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Friday 31st October
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19:35Ospreys vs Connacht
19:35Glasgow vs Benetton Treviso
19:35Leinster vs Edinburgh
Saturday 1st November
17:15Cardiff Blues vs Munster
18:00Scarlets vs Zebre
19:35Ulster vs Newport Gwent D'gons
Friday 21st November
19:30Newport Gwent D'gons vs Munster
19:35Ulster vs Ospreys
19:35Connacht vs Zebre
19:35Scarlets vs Glasgow
Sunday 23rd November
14:30Benetton Treviso vs Leinster
16:00Edinburgh vs Cardiff Blues
Friday 28th November
19:35Cardiff Blues vs Benetton Treviso
19:35Munster vs Ulster
Saturday 29th November
16:00Zebre vs Edinburgh
17:15Leinster vs Ospreys
19:30Connacht vs Scarlets
Sunday 30th November
16:00Glasgow vs Newport Gwent D'gons
Friday 19th December
19:35Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets
19:35Edinburgh vs Benetton Treviso
19:35Leinster vs Connacht
Saturday 20th December
14:40Glasgow vs Munster
17:15Ospreys vs Ulster
Sunday 21st December
16:00Newport Gwent D'gons vs Zebre
Friday 26th December
14:05Cardiff Blues vs Newport Gwent D'gons

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