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Glasgow fend off Italians

Glasgow swept aside Guinness PRO12 bottom side Zebre to claim a bonus point in their 26-5 victory on Friday night.

DTH Van der Merwe scored twice for the Warriors with Chris Fusaro and Kevin Bryce also touching down with a try each. Fly-half Peter Horne kicked two conversions and Connor Braid one as Glasgow moved back to the top of the league standings.

Dion Berryman scored Italian side Zebre's only points with a try in the 58th minute.

Glasgow wisely made full use of the good conditions that prevailed at Scotstoun during the first half, before torrential second-half rain made for poor entertainment.

The hosts had the bonus point in the bag by the break after winger Van Der Merwe scored the first try in the fourth minute, flanker Fusaro rounded off a line-out drive, hooker Bryce burst through a couple of tackles for the third and three minutes from the turn Van Der Merwe bagged his second.

Stand-off Horne converted the first two, before withdrawing with a head knock, and Braid converted the third.

Zebre showed up better in the second period with replacement scrum-half Brendon Leonard bringing focus and winger Berryman scoring a good try from a grubber kick.

Glasgow, who suffered a late change, with Adam Ashe dropping out from the back row after suffering a recurrence of a neck injury, attacked off their first line out. Scrum-half Niko Matawalu deftly fed prop Rossouw De Klerk who in turn put in Van Der Merwe for a converted try.

Zebre lost scrum-half Alberto Chillon to the sin bin in the 17th minute, with the subsequent penalty leading to Fusaro's try.

Horne kicked the conversion but then left the field with a head injury to be replaced by Braid.

Zebre staged a period of line-out driving in the home 22 but Glasgow were able to resist their attack.

Matawalu fed hooker Bryce in the 28th minute and he broke through and touched down for Braid to convert.

Following a cross-field break by winger Lee Jones, Glasgow trapped Zebre in their 22.

A six-minute period saw first Matteo Pratichetti, then captain Mauro Bergamasco sin-binned, before Matawalu saw a try chalked off and finally Van Der Merwe scored the bonus-point try.

Braid could not convert, but Glasgow went into half-time leading 26-0.

In driving rain, the first action after the break was a missed Zebre penalty by centre Mirco Bergamasco.

Adapting to the conditions, the Zebre full-back Giulio Toniolatti produced a nice grubber kick for winger Berryman to touch down for an unconverted try, as the third quarter ended.

Glasgow were in defence for the rest of the match, with replacements Glenn Bryce and Will Bordill spending time in the sin bin, but were in no danger of slipping up against the struggling Italians.

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