Pro14: Connacht 12-18 Glasgow Warriors
|Guinness Pro14: Connacht v Glasgow Warriors|
|Connacht (9) 12|
|Pens: Carty 4|
|Glasgow Warriors (14) 18|
|Tries: Price, L Jones Cons: Horne Pens: Horne|
Dave Rennie got his reign as Glasgow Warriors coach off to a winning start with a battling Pro 14 victory over Connacht in a wet and windy Galway.
Jack Carthy fired over three penalties to help the Irish hosts to a 9-3 lead at the break.
Peter Horne's second penalty cut the gap before he converted Ali Price's try early in the second half.
Carthy's penalty left Glasgow 13-12 in front and victory was sealed when Lee Jones touched down on 71 minutes.
This meeting of the 2016 and 2015 league champions saw former Chiefs coaches Kieran Keane and Rennie take charge of their new teams for the first time.
With the elements behind them, Connacht took a first-minute lead thanks to Carty's opening penalty.
The wind thwarted Horne's first penalty attempt off the tee, but barely a minute later he kicked Glasgow level from close range.
Connacht rebounded in impressive fashion and really should have had a try by the end of the first quarter. Debutant flanker Jarrad Butler lunged for the base of the left post but it was ruled inconclusive by TMO Peter Fitzgibbon.
Glasgow absorbed further pressure before a straightforward 19th-minute penalty from Carty restored the hosts' lead.
Carty swept over his third penalty for a 9-3 half-time scoreline but the Scots quickly cancelled out that score when play resumed, Horne punishing Denis Buckley for not retreating the required distance at a quickly-taken penalty.
The Glasgow stand-off then conjured up the game's first try, a training ground move off a scrum seeing him open up the Connacht midfield and then link with his half-back partner Price for a classy seven-pointer.
Replacement Tom Farrell's man-and-ball tackle on Ruaridh Jackson sparked some better execution out of Connacht and a crisp penalty strike from Carty on the hour mark made it a one-point game.
Glasgow were coping much better with the slippery ball and they were at their clinical best when Price's cross-field kick was collected by Italian replacement Leonardo Sarto, who evaded Darragh Leader and passed out of a tackle for the onrushing Jones to score in the left corner.
Horne missed the difficult conversion, but it was not needed as Connacht, with their error count increasing, failed to respond.
Connacht: Leader, Kelleher, Griffin, Aki, Healy, Carty, Marmion, Buckley, McCartney, Bealham, Dillane, Cannon, Masteron, Butler, Muldoon.
Replacements: Farrell for Kelleher (50), Ronaldson for Carty (71), Carey for Bealham (56), O'Brien for Masteron (50). Not used: Delahunt, McCabe, E McKeon, C McKeon.
Glasgow: Jackson, Masaga, Dunbar, Johnson, Jones, P. Horne, Price, Bhattie, Turner, Z Fagerson, Swinson, Cummings, Wilson, Smith, Ashe.
Replacements: Pyrgos for Price (73), Kebble for Bhattie (38), Malcolm for Turner (73), Peterson for Swinson (73), M Fagerson for Smith (61), Hastings for Johnson (eight), Sarto for Hastings (58). Not used: Nicol.
Ref: Ben Whitehouse (Wales).