Connacht 13-13 Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow Warriors were forced to settle for a frustrating share of the spoils at the Sportground on Saturday night, as Connacht kicked a last-gasp penalty to claim a 13-13 draw.

Sean Lineen's men dominated much of the game, and with their usual tenacious defence and forward power, looked set to claim a priceless RaboDirect PRO12 away win.

But with 80 minutes on the clock,_their scrum was penalised, allowing Niall O'Connor to slot over from the right.

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Glasgow Warriors were forced to settle for a frustrating share of the spoils at the Sportground on Saturday night, as Connacht kicked a last-gasp penalty to claim a 13-13 draw.

Sean Lineen's men dominated much of the game, and with their usual tenacious defence and forward power, looked set to claim a priceless RaboDirect PRO12 away win.

But with 80 minutes on the clock,_their scrum was penalised, allowing Niall O'Connor to slot over from the right.

This was the Warriors' third away draw of the season in the competition, and certainly the most galling.

They know a much more precise display across the full 80 minutes will be required to see off table-topping Leinster at Firhill on Saturday (kick-off 6pm).

Head coach Lineen said: "That was a game we should have won. Once again, the effort and intensity were first class, but we made some poor decisions at crucial times; silly things that ultimately cost us two big points.

"We need to learn to play with better discipline and better smartness. We're showing fantastic defence and commitment, but if we're going to reach the play-offs we need to be better."

After an attritional opening eight minutes, Connacht passed up the first opportunity to get the scoreboard moving, stand-off O'Connor missing with a penalty from out on the left touchline after Glasgow were pinged at a scrum.

The Warriors were soon on the front foot themselves, and after forcing a couple of close-range lineouts through nice work from Henry Pyrgos, David Lemi and Tommy Seymour, their forwards got the march on. Pyrgos, right on the Connacht line, had options right and left, but miscued a mysterious choice of kick to turn the ball back over.

Minutes later, O'Connor missed a second kick at goal, this time from a metre or so inside his own half, the chance having arisen courtesy of a Glasgow hand in the ruck.

The Warriors made the most of this good fortune, landing the first try of the game in the 26th minute. Captain Graeme Morrison surged forward from midfield to set up a promising central attacking position deep in the Connacht 22. The hosts' defensive line looked well primed to repel the danger, but Jon Welsh split the ruck with a barrelling run that simply could not be stopped.

The prop, again starting at tight-head, crashed over for his second score in as many games, Ruaridh Jackson converting to give the visitors a 7-0 advantage. (Connacht 0 Warriors 7)

Glasgow continued to threaten with ball in hand, Troy Nathan embarking on one thrilling run on his return to a ground he called home for four years before flitting across the Irish Sea last summer.

They couldn't convert this pressure into points, however, and O'Connor trimmed the deficit with the final action of the first half, nudging over a penalty from out left as Ryan Grant was pulled up for side entry. (Connacht 3 Warriors 7)

HALF-TIME: CONNACHT 3 GLASGOW WARRIORS 7

Connacht enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges in the second half, without ever posing any serious danger to the Glasgow line.

Indeed it was Lineen's men who made the first incursion on the scoreboard after the Irish side interfered with a maul steadily advancing down the Warriors right.

Despite a swirling wind and sleety overhead conditions, Jackson held his nerve from out on the touchline, and banged over a classy penalty. (Connacht 3 Warriors 10)

Things took a turn for the worse for Glasgow around the hour mark, when they lost Seymour to the sin bin as the winger played the ball in an offside position.

Connacht immediately scented blood, and set up camp around the Warriors line, probing desperately for a weak link in the chain. For a time, the Scots simply refused to yield, but then O"Connor put up a kick to the corner.

Peter Murchie got a hand to the ball, but succeeded only in knocking it into the path of Tiernan O"Halloran, who crossed to the delight of the home support. O"Connor kicked a difficult conversion to level up the scores (Connacht 10 Warriors 10)

The Warriors replacements were making an appearance by this stage and one of them, stand-off Duncan Weir, kicked them back into a 68th-minute lead, showing nerves of steel to send the ball between the sticks with his first shot at goal after coming off the bench. (Connacht 10 Warriors 13)

They almost earned more breathing space on the back of a superb break from replacement loosehead Gordon Reid. His charge allowed Glasgow to put another substitute, Finlay Gillies, in at the corner, but sensational last-ditch tackling from John Muldoon persuaded the Warriors_hooker into touch.

Glasgow had cause to rue the near miss as O'Connor forced the stalemate. If there was one positive portent to sift from the disappointment, it was in the fact that the Warriors drew here en-route to their last appearance in the play-offs, in 2010.

The men in blue and black are well aware, however, that it could and should have been four points.

RaboDirect Man of the Match: John Muldoon (Connacht)

Connacht: 15 Gavin Duffy (captain); 14 Fetu"u Vainikolo, 13 Kyle Tonetti, 12 Henry Fa"afili, 11 Tiernan O"Halloran; 10 Niall O"Connor, 9 Paul O'donohoe; 1 Brett Wilkinson, 2 Adrian Flavin, 3 Ronan Loughney, 4 Michael Swift, 5 Mike McCarthy, 6 John Muldoon, 7 Eoghan Grace, 8 George Naoupu

Substitutes: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Denis Buckley, 18 Stewart Maguire, 19 Dave Gannon, 20 Mick Kearney, 21 Dave Moore, 22 Matthew Jarvis, 23 Eoin Griffin

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Peter Murchie; 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Troy Nathan, 12 Graeme Morrison (captain), 11 David Lemi; 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Henry Pyrgos; 1 Ryan Grant, 2 Pat MacArthur, 3 Jon Welsh, 4 Rob Verbakel, 5 Tom Ryder, 6 Rob Harley, 7 Chris Fusaro, 8 Ryan Wilson

Substitutes: 16 Finlay Gillies, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 George Hunter, 19 Nick Campbell, 20 Duncan Weir, 21 Alex Dunbar, 22 Colin Shaw, 23 Calum Forrester

Referee: P Allan (SRU)