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RaboDirect PRO12: Glasgow strengthen top-four hopes after beating Connacht
- Tight win sees Ulster second
- Scarlets win in Treviso
- Munster crush hapless Blues
- Leinster reverse lapse start
- Warriors on the charge
Glasgow edged out a resilient Connacht 8-6 in blustery conditions to maintain their bid for a top-four finish in the RaboDirect PRO12.
With the wind behind them, Connacht led 6-5 at half-time thanks to two penalties from Craig Ronaldson while Glasgow's man-of-the-match scrum-half Henry Pyrgos had set up Glasgow's try from centre Mark Bennett.
Glasgow's winning penalty was kicked by Ruaridh Jackson three minutes into the second half and thereafter they were thwarted by Connacht's determined defence.
Connacht centre Ronaldson missed a penalty chance from four metres in his own half in the third minute but in the eighth he struck a much easier one home to open a 3-0 lead.
In the 19th minute Glasgow took the lead with a superb score engineered by Pyrgos, who had already been showing a nose for a gap.
Breaking into open country from a ruck just over halfway and after a long run struck the correct kick to his right for centre Bennett, who gathered the slippery ball and went over for an unconverted try.
However, with play continuing to be confined to the Glasgow half by the elements, Connacht turned ahead thanks to a last-minute penalty from in front of the posts by Ronaldson after referee Leighton Hodges punished Glasgow tighthead prop Ed Kalman.
This followed a couple of missed efforts by Ronaldson in the 24th and 29th minutes and Glasgow having resisted a long period of pressure under their bar, sparked by good work from Connacht's George Naoupu and John Muldoon after Glasgow spilled possession.
It took less than two minutes of the second half for Glasgow to retake the lead. A 20-metre break by lock Leone Nakarawa produced a simple penalty for Jackson to kick.
Soon after, with the pattern of the first half replicated only Glasgow now had the wind advantage, Jackson failed with a long drop-goal effort.
Glasgow replaced their complete front row 10 minutes into the second period but penalty offences in the tight scrum continued to dog their efforts.
As the third quarter finished Connacht brought on old Glasgow favourite Dan Parks to a rousing reception. With 10 minutes to go Jackson failed with a long penalty kick and three minutes later with a much closer effort.
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Sunday 28th September|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 33 - 15 Benetton Treviso|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Munster 14 - 19 Ospreys|
|Zebre 13 - 6 Ulster|
|Friday 26th September|
|Leinster 37 - 23 Cardiff Blues|
|Glasgow 39 - 21 Connacht|
|Edinburgh 20 - 20 Scarlets|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Ospreys 62 - 13 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Scarlets 43 - 0 Benetton Treviso|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 13 - 33 Glasgow|
|Friday 19th September|
|Connacht 10 - 9 Leinster|
|Cardiff Blues 9 - 26 Ulster|
|Munster 31 - 5 Zebre|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 Glasgow|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Leinster 42 - 12 Scarlets|
|Friday 12th September|
|Ulster 33 - 13 Zebre|
|Edinburgh 13 - 14 Connacht|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 15 - 17 Ospreys|
|Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 Munster|
|Sunday 7th September|
|Zebre 26 - 41 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 6th September|
|Glasgow 22 - 20 Leinster|
|Connacht 16 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 32 - 32 Ulster|
|Friday 5th September|
|Munster 13 - 14 Edinburgh|
|Ospreys 44 - 13 Benetton Treviso|
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