Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Warriors ease past Connacht

DTH van der Merwe, pictured, and Sean Maitland scored a try apiece for Glasgow
DTH van der Merwe, pictured, and Sean Maitland scored a try apiece for Glasgow

Glasgow Warriors missed out on a home semi-final in the RaboDirect Pro12 but tries from DTH van der Merwe and British and Irish Lions call-up Sean Maitland did see the Scottish side advance to the play-offs on the back of a 20-3 victory over Connacht.

On a windy night in the west of Ireland, Connacht were hoping to provide a winning send-off for departing head coach Eric Elwood with the match also marking the final outings for the province of Johnny O'Connor, Adrian Flavin and the Leinster-bound Mike McCarthy.

However, a Ruaridh Jackson penalty was added by a Van der Merwe try as the visitors established a 10-3 half-time advantage with Dan Parks nailing a late penalty for Connacht.

Elwood's charges battled bravely on the restart with the wind at their backs, but the benefit of a strong replacements bench was vital for Glasgow as five points from the boot of another Lion Stuart Hogg, allied to Maitland's 70th-minute effort, eased them over the line.

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