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Glasgow hold Benetton to goose-egg in bonus-point win at Scotstoun

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Warriors' Rufus McLean scores the sixth try of the match against Benetton. Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images

Glasgow were convincing winners in a 37-0 bonus-point victory over a disappointingly flat Benetton at Scotstoun, despite being without their Scotland contingent.

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Not only did Warriors score six good tries, they did not allow their opponents to trouble the scoreboard.

Sione Vailanu crossed twice for Glasgow, while Sebastian Cancelliere, Stafford McDowall, Fraser Brown and Rufus McLean also got on the scoresheet, while Domingo Miotti kicked seven points.

The hosts started brightly and took a 10th-minute lead when new boy Vailanu – making his first start and home debut – scooped the ball from the base of an unguarded ruck near halfway and spotted a yawning gap he was happy to charge through.

Only Giacomo Da Re stood in his way and the diminutive Italian fly-half was easily despatched with a pronounced dummy, with the giant Tongan number eight raising his arm in triumph as he crossed the line.

Warriors struggled to kick on, but Miotti added a ruck penalty from directly in front of the posts just before the half-hour mark and the home side finally clicked back into gear just before half-time with two tries in quick succession.

Cancelliere made the most of a cute chip over the top by Jamie Dobie, and McDowall crossed following a break from deep by Josh McKay.

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That second try was scored while Benetton full-back Rhyno Smith was in the sin bin for a late tackle on Miotti in the lead-up to Cancelliere’s try.

Within moments of his return to the field, the visitors were down to 14 men again. This time replacement prop Thomas Gallo was sent to the cooler for riding up the side of a Warriors maul.

Glasgow kicked to the corner again and claimed the bonus-point try through hooker Brown off the back of yet another line-out drive.

They then repeated the trick nine minutes later, with Vailanu adding the final touch on this occasion.

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It looked like Cancelliere had claimed his brace a few moments later, but the TMO ruled there had been a forward pass during the build-up.

That elusive sixth try eventually arrived when McLean managed to gather his own hack ahead – only after it had bounced awkwardly between his legs – and flop over the line.

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