United Rugby Championship: Glasgow Warriors strike late to claim victory over Stormers

Glasgow Warriors wing Sebastian Cancelliere Credit: Alamy
Glasgow Warriors wing Sebastian Cancelliere Credit: Alamy

A late Sebastian Cancelliere try helped Glasgow to a 24-17 victory over the Stormers in the United Rugby Championship (URC) on Sunday.

The win lifts Glasgow up to fifth on the table as a double from Cancelliere and further crossings from Kyle Steyn and Huw Jones saw them prevail.

George Horne and Domingo Miotti added conversions while for the Stormers, Joseph Dweba, Clayton Blommetjies and Junior Pokomela crossed.

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This was the Warriors‘ biggest scalp so far against last season’s URC champions, who currently sit second in the table.

During an action-packed first half, Glasgow drew first blood when Jones hit a brilliant line and then sent Argentina international Cancelliere over.

But the hosts then found themselves a man down for 10 minutes when Lewis Bean was sent to the sin-bin for obstruction.

The Stormers capitalised almost immediately when hooker Dweba rolled off the back of a line-out maul and powered over the line.

Manie Libbok nailed the tricky conversion to give the visitors a two-point lead.

The home team were clearly in no mood to batten down the hatches whilst reduced to 14 men, and they scored another well-worked try.

Jack Dempsey’s powerful burst got the ball rolling before slick hands from Sione Tuipulotu and Ollie Smith sent skipper Steyn over.

Momentum then swung back Stormers’ way and after several minutes of pressure they regained the lead when scrum-half Paul de Wet sent full-back Blommetjies over.

Jones – playing his first game at Scotstoun in two years after a spell playing down in England – was clearly in the mood to put on a show against the team which gave him his break in professional rugby.

After getting assists for the first two tries, he got himself on the score sheet 10 minutes into the second half, when he skipped inside three Stormers tacklers and zipped over the line.

Horne nailed the conversion and that proved crucial because when Stormers scored next through Pokomela, and Libbok missed the conversion, it left the scores tied going into the final 10 minutes.

Libbok missed a long-range penalty attempt which would have given his team the scoreboard edge they needed, then Cancelliere had the final say of a pulsating contest.

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