Zebre Parma 17-45 Glasgow Warriors: Scots get first win away from URC in 11 months

George Horne kicked 15 points for Glasgow in the win
Parma Zebra: (7) 17
Try: Bruno, Du Toit 2; Versus : Prisciantelli
Glasgow Warriors: (10) 45
Try: Manjezi, Cancelliere, McDowall, Matthews 2, Miotti; Pen: Horne; The inconvenients: Horn 6;

Glasgow Warriors secured their first away victory in 11 months in the United Rugby Championship by beating Zebre Parma.

The Warriors struggled in the first period and Pierre Bruno gave Zebre a deserved lead.

But Sintu Manjezi responded before the break, and Sebastian Cancelliere, Stafford McDowall, Jonny Matthews and Domingo Miotti finally secured a comfortable victory.

Jacques Du Toit netted a late brace for Zebre, but that was only consolation.

As with rugby games this weekend, there was a minute’s applause for Scottish legend Doddie Weir, who died last week after a long battle with motor neurone disease.

Glasgow had never tasted defeat against Zebre, but were also on a nine-game losing streak on the road, so victory at Parma was by no means a given.

This was underscored in the opening 10 minutes when Matt Fagerson was sent to the trash for knocking down a rumbling maul towards the Glasgow try line. Only a superb line flight from Richie Gray on his own 5m line released the pressure valve.

Still, Zebre beat Glasgow’s line and their deserved breakthrough came when Geronimo Prisciantelli sent a magnificent kicking pass into Bruno’s arms to dive.

The Warriors had been second by a considerable distance in the first quarter, but just a minute after falling behind, they equalized.

Zebra scrum-half Chris Cook took an age with his punt kick, giving Manjezi’s giant figure the chance to charge in and recover the loose ball to score.

If Glasgow thought this would signal a change in momentum, they were wrong.

Only excellent last-minute defense on the line from Steyn prevented Bruno from taking a second down to complete what was a wonderful attacking move from Zebre.

A George Horne penalty sent Glasgow into the break leading by three, but it was a lead they barely deserved after an uninspiring 40 minutes in which they conceded nine penalties.

The Warriors desperately needed a spark and it came from Captain Steyn early in the second half.

Horne’s pass cleared a defender and Steyn slipped in a few tackles before generously putting Cancelliere on for the try.

Moments later, the visitors struck again to firmly take control of the game. Bruno messed up Horne’s precise kick, knocking the ball into the path of McDowall, who sprinted to score.

Horne kicked like a dream all afternoon and nailed the conversion to make it 24-7.

It was now a matter of chasing the bonus point from four tries, and it duly arrived when substitute Matthews passed from close range.

Another substitute hooker, Du Toit, responded in kind for the home side, before Domingo Miotti crossed for the Warriors’ fifth down after a good job of setting up Matthews.

Du Toit attempted his second down almost identically to his first, from a rolling maul. But Matthews, not to be outmatched by his counterpart, responded to add some shine to the Warriors score.

Horne converted to complete a flawless display from the tee to take his personal booty to 15 points. It was far from perfect, but Glasgow got what it came for.

Alignments

Parma Zebra: Pani, Bruno, Cronje, Lucchin, Trulla, Prisciantelli, Cook; Rizzoli, Manfredi, Nocera, Sisi, Zambonin, Fox-Matamua, Pelser, Kvesic.

Replacements: Du Toit, Rimpelli, Neculai, Uys, Ferrari, Garcia, Smith, Van Wyk.

Glasgow Warriors: Smith, Cancelliere, Tuipulotu, McDowall, Steyn, Jordan, Horne; Kebble, Brown, Z Fagerson, Manjezi, R Gray, Wilson, Vailanu, M Fagerson.

Replacements: Matthews, Bhatti, Walker, Du Preez, Bean, Brown, Dobbie, Miotti.

Arbitrator: Tual Trainini

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