Before long, Glasgow began to reassert some authority on proceedings, and Weir
nudged them back in front with a sweetly struck penalty from all of 50metres.
Glasgow have been without try-scoring machine Van der Merwe for the majority
of this campaign, the giant winger having been dogged with a shoulder
injury, but after an industrious start it was no surprise that he crossed
the whitewash for the game’s first try, rounding off a sweeping Warriors
move featuring slick interplay between backs and forwards. Weir sent his
conversion attempt wide of the posts.
At times the game appeared as though it may boil over. One altercation ran for
a number of minutes before referee Peter Fitzgibbon restored order. From the
resulting penalty, Weir elected to kick to touch rather than have a shot at
goal. The move petered out, bringing the half to a close.
Weir stretched the hosts’ lead early in the second period with a third
successful penalty. They continued to dominate as the half wore on. The
probing runs of Stuart Hogg and Alex Dunbar, aided by yet another sterling
performance from young scrum-half Henry Pyrgos, kept Connacht penned deep in
their own territory for long periods.
Somewhat inevitably, it was the home side who altered the scoreboard once
more, Weir adding another three-pointer as the Connacht front row continued
to shed penalties at the scrum.
The visitors were temporarily reduced to 14 men when replacement scrum-half
Paul O’Donohoe was ordered to the sin-bin for petulantly throwing opposing
number Chris Cusiter to the ground off the ball. From the resulting penalty,
Glasgow assumed prime field position and secured a scrum metres from the
The hosts marched the scrum into the dead-ball area with ease, allowing number
eight Barclay to dab down for a try converted by substitute Jackson.