Warriors turn on the style
PRO14 REPORT: George Horne struck a first-half double as Glasgow Warriors continued their resurgence with a dominant 31-7 bonus-point win over Zebre in Parma.
Glasgow lost their first two matches of the season but have now won three in four as their World Cup stars contributed to a powerful away victory in Italy.
Just as they did a week prior at home to the Isuzu Southern Kings, the Warriors dominated possession early on and were made to work hard for the opening try – right up until the telling play when Horne smartly took a quick-tap to fire over the line.
Giovanni Licata saw yellow and Carlo Canna continued to kick for territory, but the Warriors waves kept coming and a lovely move off an attacking lineout saw Fraser Brown find Ratu Tagive, who in turn found the waiting Horne for his second.
Zebre desperately tried to find a way back into the match but the third blow came on 36 minutes, a Glasgow spell of pressure eventually seeing Hastings with space in the corner to reach over.
Dave Rennie’s men led 19-0 at the break and soon set about getting the crucial bonus point on the restart, they didn’t have to wait long as a scything move saw Tagive with a huge gap to sprint through on 45 minutes.
Zebre’s challenge got harder on 55 minutes as Johan Meyer saw red for a shoulder charge, but Michael Bradley’s men responded admirably as Pierre Bruno muscled over in the corner.
Another try almost came in the same style minutes later but Alex Allan got in the way on the line, before Zebre thwarted one at the other end.
A strong second half for the Italians was undone five minutes from time as Canna’s no-look pass gave Glasgow the opportunity to kick through for their fifth from Nick Frisby.
Man of the Match
Horne made a surge for this award but was pipped on the day by his half-back partner Adam Hastings.
The No.10 pulled the attacking strings all day but did most of the damage with his boot, a series of measured kicks pinning Zebre back at many a turn.
Play of the Day
There were sumptuous hands from the Warriors all day in unfavourable conditions in Parma, but the move of the match came with their second try on 22 minutes.
Straight off the training ground hooker Brown rampaged in-field off a lineout, switched back to Tagive, who in turn fed Horne for a simple score that he’s become so renowned for in 2019.
Tries: Horne 2, Hastings, Tagive, Frisby
Cons: Hastings 2, Jackson
Yellow cards: Giovanni Licata (Zebre, 12), George Turner (Glasgow, 69)
Red card: Johan Meyer (Zebre, 54)
Zebre: 15 Michelangelo Biondelli, 14 Charlie Walker, 13 James Elliott, 12 Enrico Lucchin, 11 Mattia Bellini, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Joshua Renton, 8 David Sisi, 7 Johan Meyer, 6 Giovanni Licata, 5 Ian Nagle (captain), 4 Mick Kearney, 3 Alexandru Tarus, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Andrea Lovotti.
Replacements: 16 Marco Manfredi, 17 Danilo Fischetti, 18 Giosuè Zilocchi, 19 Leonard Krumov, 20 Renato Giammarioli, 21 Marcello Violi, 22 Tommaso Boni, 23 Pierre Bruno.
Glasgow Warriors: 15 Tommy Seymour, 14 Ratu Tagive, 13 Kyle Steyn, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 George Horne, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Ryan Wilson (captain), 5 Scott Cummings, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Oli Kebble.
Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Alex Allan, 18 D’arcy Rae, 19 Kiran McDonald, 20 Tom Gordon, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Huw Jones.
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)
Assistant referees: Marius Mitrea (Italy), Kelvin Short (Wales)
TMO: Sean Brickell (Wales)