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Johnny Matthews brace helps Glasgow blow through Stormers

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 22: Johnny Matthews of Glasgow Warriors during the United Rugby Championship match between DHL Stormers and Glasgow Warriors at DHL Stadium on April 22, 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Glasgow Warriors scored three first-half tries to defeat United Rugby Championship leaders Stormers 20-9 at Scotstoun.


A Sione Tuipulotu score and then two from Johnny Matthews gave Franco Smith’s side a 20-9 half-time lead, their situation helped by Stormers having two men sin-binned in quick succession.

The South Africans poured on the pressure once restored to full strength but could not break down a resolute Glasgow defence that held firm to claim a statement victory against the team that reached the last two URC finals.

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After a cagey opening period, Sebastian Cancelliere’s run from his own half carried Warriors into the Stormers 22. Tom Jordan was waiting on his shoulder to finish but Cancelliere’s pass failed to find the fly-half and the opportunity was lost.

Stormers moved in front through a Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu penalty after Ollie Smith had been penalised for not releasing.

Glasgow replied through a Tuipulotu try after George Horne had fed Stafford McDowall from the back of the scrum who in turn found Tuipulotu who burst under the posts. Horne converted.

Feinberg-Mngomezulu knocked over another penalty before Warriors landed another score. This time it came from the line-out drive, with Matthews scoring from the maul.


This time Horne could not make the conversion but did knock over a penalty shortly afterwards after Stormers were punished for not rolling away.

Glasgow errors, though, were keeping the visitors in the game and Feinberg-Mngomezulu kicked a massive penalty after another Oli Kebble infringement to reduce the deficit.

Stormers were then reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes after Evan Roos tackled Matt Fagerson to the ground off the ball and was shown a yellow card.

That quickly became 13 when Joseph Dweba was penalised for a dangerous tackle on Greg Peterson and joined his team-mate in the sin bin.


Glasgow were quick to take advantage with Matthews diving over in the corner for his second try of the game.

Stormers were soon back to their full complement and started to put the home defence under a period of sustained pressure.

But some stout defending kept the visitors at bay in a scoreless second half.


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William 18 minutes ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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