Connacht vs Glasgow Warriors, Fri, 03/05/2013 - 19:45

Connacht's attempt to give coach Eric Elwood the perfect send-off never really got going and once Hogg and Maitland appeared Glasgow closed out the game.

First Hogg, fitting in at fly-half, slotted a penalty and then Maitland raced over in the corner with Hogg converting to ensure the Warriors would finish the season in third and face Leinster in the play-offs.

Connacht were presented with an early chance to take the lead but Dan Parks failed with his penalty attempt.

Instead it was Glasgow who went ahead when Ruaridh Jackson showed good invention to slot a drop goal with the help of the upright.

The Warriors extended their lead when, following good work by the forwards, centre Sean Lamont fed the ball back inside to van der Merwe who span out of the tackle and touched down and Jackson added the extras.

The visitors' flying start was slowed somewhat when prop Jon Welsh was sent to the sin-bin but it was the Warriors who should have struck again only for van der Merwe to knock-on on the line.

Connacht finally got on the scoreboard one minute before the break when Parks kicked a penalty to trail 10-3 at the break.

Jackson could have cancelled out Parks' kick straight after the interval but he couldn't put his penalty attempt between the posts.

Both sides committed errors as the game became ragged in the second half but after a strong Glasgow scrum, replacement Hogg kicked a penalty.

Hogg, who was named this week in the British and Irish Lions squad for the summer tour of Australia, came on at outside centre with 15 minutes to go.

And it was another member of the touring party who grabbed Glasgow's second try of the game - Maitland showing great speed to cross in the corner before Hogg converted from the touchline.

A fine burst and cross-field kick from Maitland then saw Glasgow almost add a third try but despite spotting a gap Nikola Matawalu was adjudged to have knocked on in the act of scoring.

The Warriors will now travel to Dublin next Saturday to face Leinster at the RDS in the RaboDirect PRO12 play-offs.

Team lineups

Connacht
Glasgow Warriors

Backs

15 Gavin Duffy
14 Danie Poolman
13 Eoin Griffin
12 Brian Murphy
11 Fetu’u Vainikolo
10 Dan Parks
9 Kieran Marmion

Forwards

1 Brett Wilkinson
2 Ethienne Reynecke
3 Ronan Loughney
4 Michael Swift
5 Mike McCarthy
6 Andrew Browne
7 Johnny O’Connor
8 Eoin McKeon

Substitutes

16 Adrian Flavin
17 Rodney Ah You
18 JP Cooney
19 Mick Kearney
20 John Muldoon
21 Mata Fifita
22 Paul O’Donohoe
23 Miah Nikora
Attendance: 
6 081
Man of the match: 
Ruaridh Jackson