Teenage lock Jonny Gray replaced skipper Al Kellock on 58 minutes and was shown a yellow card for an infringement at a line-out 11 minutes later. There was a let-off for Glasgow when the Television Match Official gave an inconclusive verdict when Tommaso d'Apice burrowed towards the line. Such a finale had looked unlikely as the Warriors were in complete control with a 24-3 lead after an hour. A careless fumble from fly-half Luciano Orquera presented Glasgow with an early scrum put-in on the Zebre 22 but referee Dudley Philips ruled against the visitors at the contact. However, the home side were penalised for offside and Pyrgos slotted between the posts from close range. Soon after, the lead was extended when a clever inside pass from Gabriel Ascarate sent full-back Sean Maitland flying forward and McGuigan finished off a fine flowing move on the left wing, with Pyrgos adding the extras. Sin Bin: Gray (69). Att: 1,500 Ref: Dudley Phillips.
The winger finished off a neat passing sequence as the Pro12 leaders dominated the first half. And he nipped in at the corner again after hooker Dougie Hall had bundled over early in the second period.
Orquera reduced the deficit with a penalty but Zebre's hopes of gaining momentum were dashed when prop Salvatore Perugini was sent to the sin bin for cynically holding on at a tackle. Leonard (71 Aguero for Perugini (47 D'Apice for Manici (47 Caffini for Biagi (69 Cristiano for Bergamasco (69). Not Used: Redolfini. Sin Bin: Perugini (33). Glasgow Warriors: Maitland, Seymour, Ascarate, Dunbar, McGuigan, Jackson, Pyrgos, Reid, Hall, Welsh, Harley, Kellock, Eddie, Fusaro, Strauss. But the visiting defence was breached for the first time this season when Samuela Vunisa spun through a tackle and was too strong for last-man Pyrgos. And Leonardo Sarto added another score soon after, finishing off a neat passing move as Vunisa applied the telling offload.
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