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Warriors win with a whimper

Glasgow Warriors reclaimed a top-four place in the Guinness PRO12 after a hard-fought 19-15 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons at Scotstoun.

Having lost to Scarlets in the last round of games, it was not a spectacular response from Glasgow whose coach Gregor Townsend will know his men must play better to mount a serious challenge for the silverware this season.

If the Welsh visitors had capped a spell of sustained pressure in the closing 10 minutes, there could have been few complaints in the home camp.

Glasgow's points came from a penalty try and a 14-point contribution with the boot by Duncan Weir. For Dragons, who now sit second from bottom, Geraint Rhys Jones landed five penalties in an immaculate kicking performance.

Glasgow ended the half as the better side, though were three points in arrears and made a flurry of changes in an attempt to raise the pace. But they had to resort to Weir's boot to add three more points. And, with 14 minutes left to play, the international stand-off maintained his flawless kicking contribution with another penalty that went over via a post.

Jones matched that immaculate record with the boot when he succeeded with his fifth kick of the night.

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