Glasgow take maximum at Scotstoun

Date published: March 6 2015

An impressive first-half performance saw Glasgow overcome a spirited Zebre side 26-5 on Friday, with the result moving them top of the table.

After losing out to Munster last week, Gregor Townsend's men managed to bounce back and reach the summit. 

It took just four minutes for the home side to open the scoring. Rossouw de Klerk played a neat pass into the path of DTH van der Merwe, who had the simple task of running in under the posts. 

Zebre didn't help themselves, with Alberto Chillon getting himself binned with his team under immense pressure just after the Glasgow try.

Scotstoun was happy, with their team showing their desire for a bonus point by kicking for touch rather than kicking for goals at penalties. 

That adventurous attitude was rewarded when Chris Fusaro was awarded a try after great work by the forwards. 

Kevin Bryce ran in for his first try for Glasgow, as the Scots showed just how far ahead they are compared to their Italian counterparts. 

Discipline was a real problem for the Italians, with Matteo Pratichetti and Mauro Bergamasco both sent to the bin, putting their side down to 13 men. 

Glasgow had the bonus point wrapped up on the stroke of half-time. Van der Merwe got his second, as the home side set up a second-half stroll. 

With the game in the bag, the home side could afford to take it easy in the second half. That proved to be true, as they well and truly took their foot of the gas in the first 10 minutes of the second period. 

Zebre took their chance to strike, and got themselves a try through Dion Berryman to add some gloss to the scoreline. 

The game petered out towards the end, but Glasgow knew the job was done as they look to finish in the top two.

The scorers:

For Glasgow:
Tries: Van der Merwe 2, Fusaro, K Bryce
Con: Horne 2, Braid

For Zebre:
Try: Berryman

Glasgow: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Sean Lamont, 12 Connor Braid, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Peter Horne, 9 Niko Matawalu, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Adam Ashe, 5 Al Kellock (c), 4 Rob Harley, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Kevin Bryce, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: Replacements: 16 Dougie Hall, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 James Eddie, 20 Will Bordill, 21 Ali Price, 22 Richie Vernon, 23 Glenn Bryce.

Zebre: 15 Giulio Toniolatti, 14 Dion Berryman, 13 Mirco Bergamasco, 12 Matteo Pratichetti, 11 David Odiete, 10 Edoardo Padovani, 9 Alberto Chillon, 8 Valerio Bernabò, 7 Mauro Bergamasco (c), 6 Ruben Riccioli, 5 Andrei Mahu, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Lorenzo Romano, 2 Oliviero Fabiani, 1 Andrea De Marchi.
Replacements: 16 Luciano Leibson, 17 Andrea Lovotti, 18 Luca Redolfini, 19 Filippo Gerosa, 20 Renato Giammarioli, 21 Brendon Leonard, 22 Luciano Orquera, 23 Gonzalo Garcia.

Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)
Assistant Referees: Sam Grove-White, Mike Adamson (both SRU)
Citing Commissioner: Iain Goodall (SRU)
TMO: Iain Ramage (SRU)