Pro14: Glasgow Warriors 29-13 Dragons
|Glasgow Warriors (12) 29|
|Tries: Kebble, L Jones 2, H Jones, Dunbar Cons: Hastings 2|
|Dragons (6) 13|
|Try: Warren Con: Lewis Pens: Robson 2|
Lee Jones scored two tries as Glasgow Warriors returned to the top of Conference A with a home bonus-point win over the Dragons.
The winger broke through either side of the interval as the hosts struggled for fluency in the gusty conditions against fiery opponents.
Prop Oli Kebble crashed in for an early score, with centres Huw Jones and Alex Dunbar also touching down.
Adam Warren briefly reduced the deficit to four points in the second half.
The winger's great chase to touch down under the posts was the only try for a side that were stuffy in defence but seldom threatened.
The horror of Glasgow's meltdown against Southern Kings was something they could not escape in their waking hours last week or, you suspect, in their sleep either.
Head coach Dave Rennie demanded a response and it was maybe just as well that they had the Dragons as visitors in their renaissance mission since they are a losing run on the road that stretches back an age.
Glasgow rarely delivered their best stuff, but they delivered enough and it started after five minutes when Kebble blasted in from close range.
The Dragons let him through a little lightly, but they gathered themselves, applied a bit of pressure and pegged it back to 7-6 through the boot of Arwel Robson.
The lead was extended just before the break when the Dragons shot out of their defensive line and fly-half Adam Hastings took advantage, spinning out of a tackle and getting his pass away to Lee Jones on the right wing. Jones had plenty to do, but his determination took him over.
Hastings missed the conversion - a regular theme on a blowy night - but, having hit the Dragons with a try just before half-time, they hit them with another just after.
Again it was Jones who got it, this time after terrific work from Dunbar. The centre took the contact in the Dragons 22 and then popped it to the wingm who scored with ease.
Another Hastings conversion went wide and those spurned points might have caused Scotstoun some palpitations after the Dragons struck for a breakaway try soon after. The ball went to ground in Glasgow territory, the Welsh hacked on, then hacked on again and when it all came down to a foot-race Warren won it.
With the extras from James Thomas, the gap was down to four. The visitors did not give the impression of a team that had the ruthlessness to drive on and win, though.
In attack, they were easily contained. Glasgow were no well-oiled machine either, but they had enough about them to get a fourth try and, with it, the bonus point they were desperate for.
He may have had his travails with the boot, but when Glasgow were good, Hastings was usually involved. After softening up the Dragons defence through sustained pressure, Hastings found Huw Jones out wide and that was the bonus-point score.
A fifth try arrived late on and it was the best of the lot. Ryan Wilson took it on and offloaded to George Horne, who took it on some more and offloaded again to Dunbar, who went in near the posts.
Hastings booted over a conversion at last and for Glasgow some of the demons of South Africa last weekend were exorcised.
Glasgow: Ruaridh Jackson; Lee Jones, Huw Jones, Alex Dunbar, Niko Matawalu; Adam Hastings, Ali Price; Oliver Kebble, Fraser Brown, D'Arcy Rae, Rob Harley, Jonny Gray, Ryan Wilson, (co-capt) Callum Gibbins (co-capt) Matt Fagerson.
Replacements: George Turner, Alex Allan, Adam Nicol, Andrew Davidson, Chris Fusaro, George Horne, Brandon Thomson, Nick Grigg.
Dragons: Jordan Williams; Dafydd Howells, Adam Warren, Jarryd Sage, Jared Rosser; Arwel Robson, Tavis Knoyle; Ryan Bevington, Richard Hibbard (capt), Lloyd Fairbrother, Brandon Nansen, Rynard Landman, Aaron Wainwright, Nic Cudd, Lewis Evans.
Replacements: Elliot Dee, Brok Harris, Aaron Jarvis, Huw Taylor, James Thomas, Rhodri Williams, Josh Lewis, Will Talbot-Davies.
Referee: Stuart Berry (SARU)
Assistant referees: Mike Adamson (SRU), Dunx McClement (SRU)
TMO: Neil Paterson (SRU)