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Glasgow sweep Bath aside
ESPN Staff
October 18, 2014
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Date/Time: Oct 18, 2014, 15:15 local, 14:15 GMT
Venue: Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow
Glasgow 37 - 10 Bath Rugby
Half-time: 23 - 10
Tries: Bennett 2, Maitland, Matawalu, Seymour
Cons: Weir 3
Pens: Weir 2
Tries: Joseph
Cons: Ford
Pens: Ford
Adam Ashe takes the game to Bath. Glasgow v Bath, European Champions Cup, Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland, October 18, 2014.
Glasgow's Adam Ashe sprints away
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A clinical display of finishing saw Glasgow claim a bonus-point win over Bath at Scotstoun as Mark Bennett scored two of five tries. Bath have made an impressive start to the Premiership season but were blown away by a fine first-half display from Glasgow's backs, who profited further after the break against their tiring opponents. It was a complete performance from Glasgow, who made the early running in Pool 4.

The hosts' sole major error cost them a try as Jonathan Joseph pounced on Stuart Hogg's spill in the 12th minute, but from then on Bath were ruthless in attack and resolute in defence.

It was actually the visitors who got off to the better start, and they drew first blood when fly-half Ford knocked over a penalty after Glasgow had collapsed a scrum in midfield. A period of Bath pressure followed, only for Glasgow to cross the whitewash in their first attacking move of any threat, Bennett darting between two tacklers to dot down under the posts. Duncan Weir added the extras.

Their lead was short-lived though, as only moments later full-back Hogg fumbled a high ball from George Ford. Joseph was alert to the opportunity and hacked the loose ball ahead before gathering to slide in and Ford landed the straightforward conversion attempt.

It was not long until the pendulum swung back in the hosts' favour, two successful penalties from Weir giving his side the upper hand midway through the half. Glasgow then stretched their advantage, Tommy Seymour brilliantly collecting an up and under from Henry Pyrgos to send flyer Sean Maitland crashing over in the corner for an unconverted score.

Seymour, who looked threatening every time he received the ball during the first half, extended the Glasgow lead in the 35th minute, touching down having been set free after tap a free-kick from the quick-thinking Pyrgos. Weir was unsuccessful with the touchline conversion attempt and also pushed wide a penalty effort on the stroke of half-time.

Bath, who had crucially lost in-form centre Kyle Eastmond to injury late in the first half, appeared to regain a foothold at the beginning of the second period, yet failed to convert any of their pressure into points. Stuart Hooper came closest to breaching the stoic Glasgow defence, only for the second row to lose the ball forward as the line beckoned, the presence of home prop Euan Murray proving key as the hosts held out.

Having weathered the Bath storm, the home side once again imposed themselves on the tie, dominating the ruck battle and consistently breaking the gain line. With 15 minutes remaining, replacement Tim Swinson turned over the ball in midfield, presenting possession to fellow substitute Niko Matawalu.

The Fijian skipped through one tackle, chipping ahead before gathering and seeing off the challenge from the covering tackler to secure Glasgow a try bonus point. Weir made no mistake with his conversion attempt from tight on the touchline.

With the game over as a contest, it was left to Bennett to add some gloss to the scoreline. His initial break split apart the Bath defence and, having offloaded to DTH Van der Merwe, he continued his run to collect the Canadian's chip in the dead ball area to grab his second try of the game. Weir notched the conversion to round off an impressive first-round win for the hosts.

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