August 04, 2009
Stade Rochelais 11 - 20 Glasgow Warriors
Friendly match played at Issoire on Tuesday August 4th 2009 | 3 comments
Hefin O'Hare grabbed Glasgow's first try after a cross-kick from Dan Parks (Photo: Courtesy of Vincent - www.auvergne-rugby.fr) Glasgow left it a bit late late but eventually ran out 20-11 winners over Stade Rochelais in Issoire tonight.
Two penalties from Romain Lacoste put the Frenchmen ahead but Dan Parks narrowed the lead when he slotted a three-pointer after an infringement.
Glasgow's first try came when Hefin O'Hare touched down after a cross-kick from Dan Parks.
With time running out in the first period the powerful Stade pack went over from a maul to go in with an 11-8 lead at half-time.
In the second half Chris Fusaro went over from a driving maul for a try with Dan Parks adding the extras.
With time running out Colin Shaw scored in the corner after a turnover on halfway.
As expected, Stade proved to be a very physical side with Ninard and Grobler both receiving a yellow card after altercations.
After the game, head coach Sean Lineen told glasgowwarriors.org: "I wasn’t too worried about tonight’s score but more the way in which the players got through the game.
“Stade Rochelais have the start of their championship next week so they really came at us. They played a full field defence which didn’t help us when we tried to play from side to side, but the boys started playing up the middle a bit more and we came through it.”
On those who impressed most, Sean continued: “Tim Barker had a great game in the second row and Richie Gray was outstanding as well as Justin Va'a.
“In the backs, Peter Horne was outstanding and Mark McMillan really galvanised the team when he came on at half-time. Peter Murchie was also very good and was very busy throughout.”
Good result and sounds like there were some encouraging performances. The 2nd row seems to have stood up to the pressure (French teams traditionally having big packs) and sounds like Peters Murchie and Horne were good. Hope Peter Horne gets a go, he's an excellent place kicker and we may well need that. I thought he had a bit to develop last season, then realised he's only 19 so he could catch up very quickly.
Also great to nab Chris Fusaro from under Embra's noses - makes up for Roddy Grant and Fusaro is probably a better prospect.
Chris Fusaro hasn't signed with Glasgow Warriors AJ.
Sounds like the French pushed them over the line a couple of times...
Still good to see Barker and Va'a getting singled out for praise, can't have been too bad.
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