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October 30, 2004

Toulouse 43 - 17 Glasgow Warriors

Heineken Cup match played at Stade Ernest Wallon on Friday October 29th 2004 | One comment

Jon Petrie played a captain's role (photo by Jen Thomson)
Toulouse ran in four first-half tries to end Glasgow's hopes of qualification in the Heineken Cup tonight with a 43-17 victory.

Hugh Campbell's troops had needed to pull off the biggest Heineken Cup upset of all time to have any chance of squeezing into the knockout stages, and they came through with a great deal of credit for a spirited fight.

However, they were simply blown away at Stade Ernest Wallon as the Frenchmen ran in four first-half tries in machine-gun fashion.

It was Glasgow who had made the more determined start, launching a series of raids which clearly troubled the home defence.

But they found themselves three points adrift as Toulouse broke their duck during virtually their only visit into enemy territory in the opening 15-minute sparring session.

Rory Kerr halted winger Vincent Clerc in dramatic fashion after Clerc had latched on to a crossfield chip by Frederic Michalak.

Then Andy Craig - recalled in place of Graeme Morrison - was guilty of failing to release the ball quickly enough in contact, giving Jean-Baptiste Elissalde a straightforward penalty chance from 40 metres. Elissalde made no mistake.

Glasgow responded in positive fashion, but as against Northampton last week, they lacked a proper cutting edge.

Scrum-half Sam Pinder raced up the narrow side to free Sean Lamont, but he could not make use of his support runners in the 22-zone.

Then a meandering charge by Lamont created space and time for Jon Petrie and Donny Macfadyen to enter the danger area, however Kenny Logan was hauled down 15 metres from the target.

There was more frustration for the Scots when Dan Parks made a clever break, only to see his feed intercepted.

Parks was back in the spotlight with another sprint to set up Logan - however the former Test hero was again blocked a few paces from the line.

Then Toulouse stepped up the pace a couple of notches and the Glaswegians began to make costly mistakes under the pressure.

It all began to go wrong in the 19th minute when former Ireland forward Trevor Brennan was driven over for Toulouse following two penalty line-outs.

Then five minutes later, Glasgow made a hash of a quickly tapped penalty on the home 22-line.

The ball was kicked long downfield, where Kerr fumbled, and from the scrummage, lock Gregory Lamboley clattered across.

Ellisalde slotted both conversions, leaving Glasgow wondering what had hit them.

Even worse was to come as Toulouse claimed two more scores in quick succession to effectively end the contest and seal a bonus point into the bargain.

Michalak earned the third try after a Cedric Heymans break, then 20-stone-plus breakaway Isitolo Maka brushed aside three would-be tacklers with disdain to set up Elissalde's fourth conversion.

Glasgow refused to buckle completely and they produced a fine consolation touchdown on the stroke of the interval when Lamont slid over following a dash by Craig - Parks added the goal.

Parks then slotted a penalty to give his team a fresh glimmer of hope, but Toulouse burst back to grab another try through Yannick Jauzion in the wake of another interception, this time by fellow sub Emile N'Tamack.

Glasgow had the last word with a stoppage-time try by Macfadyen, converted by Parks.

Report from Rugby Rugby

Referee Nigel Owens (WRFU)
Attendance 14,136
Man of the Match Jon Petrie (as decided by glasgowwarriors.com)
Kevin Tkachuk
Gordon Bulloch
Lee Harrison
Andy Hall
Dan Turner
Cammy Mather
Donnie Macfadyen
Jon Petrie
Sam Pinder
Dan Parks
Kenny Logan
Andrew Henderson
Andy Craig
Sean Lamont
Rory Kerr
Match Substitutions
Off On
Rory Kerr Calvin Howarth
Off On
Lee Harrison Euan Murray
Off On
Gordon Bulloch Scott Lawson
Off On
Sean Lamont Graeme Morrison
Off On
Sam Pinder Graeme Beveridge
Off On
Jon Petrie John Beattie
Off On
Andy Hall Andy Wilson
Sean Lamont Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
Donnie Macfadyen Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Posted by vicki on November 1, 2004 02:11 PM | Reply to this comment

Great to see the boys pull back the result from being 31 down at one stage, and Donnie's try goes to prove they played right until the final whistle.

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