Glasgow too strong for Zebre

Date published: April 29 2016

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Glasgow Warriors thumped Zebre 70-10, which included a hat-trick from Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa, in the PRO12 at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday. 

The win secures Warriors' fifth consecutive PRO12 play-off as Scotland international fly-half Duncan Weir contributed 25 points, which included a try and a 100 percent success rate off the tee and slotted all of his ten attempts at goal. 

First half tries from Leone Nakarawa, Taqele Naiyaravoro, two from Glenn Bryce and Adam Ashe countered to Zebre tries as the victory was sealed by half-time. Not that it stopped Glasgow continuing in the same style in the second half. 

Nakarawa sealed his hat-trick with two more tries, Duncan Weir added a try to his 10 conversions, with Greg Peterson and Ali Price adding another two on a night where Warriors sealed their biggest ever PRO12 win. 

It was a surprise that it took fifteen minutes for the hosts to break the deadlock, such was the ferocity the rest of the game had. Nakarawa started the scoring after slipping through challenges and working his way over the line. 

Weir converted, but Zebre hit back almost immediately. Kayle Van Zyl equalised the try scoring after a try was ruled out a minute earlier, but it proved to be just a momentary break in what was to quickly become a demolition job. 

A quick penalty led to Ashe going over and despite the TMO taking a look, the try was awarded and Warriors got themselves back on track and Weir added the extras. 

The start to this half was pretty tight, but the finish was anything but as Warriors struck three times in twelve minutes to seal the points by the break. Bryce's break saw him edge around a series of challenges before slotting through a gap, Weir converting. And he was called upon again a minute later as Glasgow struck immediately from the restart. 

Naiyaravoro got in on the touch line after claiming the ball and broke through the try line to further enhance the lead, Weir unsurprisingly slotting through. Sweet passing and use of the ball eventually saw it fed over to Bryce, who cleared the line for his second of the game. 

But Zebre did have something back before the break with their second try of the half. Thomas Boni went over on the stroke of half-time, though the conversion was missed. The home side went 35-10 up as the players headed into the locker room. 

Two minutes into the second half Nakarawa had his second after Warriors worked their way upto the 22, breaking tackles before letting Weir do the rest of the work. Ten minutes later, Nakarawa had his hat-trick. Again he broke through challenges to make his way to the line, and by then there was no stopping him with try number three in his sights. Weir's conversion made the score 49-10.

Peterson and Price's tries came in quick succession with Price going in virtually untouched, Weir adding insult to injury for the visitors as he continued his excellent form converting both scores. After keeping possession, Mark Bennett went under the posts before letting Weir deservedly get his name on the try scoring sheet, converting his own try, that sealed a 70-10 victory, the biggest PRO12 victory for Warriors.

Scorers:

For Glasgow:
Tries: Nakarawa 3, Bryce 2, Ashe, Naiyaravoro, Peterson, Price, Weir
Cons: Weir 10

For Zebre:
Tries: Van Zyl, Boni

Glasgow: 15 Glenn Bryce, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Grayson Hart, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Rob Harley (c), 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Greg Peterson, 3 D’arcy Rae, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Jerry Yanuyanutawa
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Ali Price, 22 Finn Russell, 23 Tommy Seymour

Zebre: 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Giulio Toniolatti, 13 Tommaso Boni, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Kayle Van Zyl, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Federico Ruzza, 7 Filippo Cristiano, 6 Emiliano Caffini, 5 Marco Bortolami, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys (c), 3 Dario Chistolini, 2 Oliviero Fabiani, 1 Andrea De Marchi
Replacements: 16 Bruno Postiglioni, 17 Emiliano Coria, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Andries Van Schalkwyk, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Giulio Bisegni, 23 Kelly Haimona

Referee: Andy Brace (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Graeme Wells (Scotland), Bob Nevins (Scotland)

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