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October 10, 2009

Glasgow Warriors 18 - 22 Biarritz Olympique

Heineken Cup match played at Firhill on Saturday October 10th 2009 | 8 comments

Dan Parks kicked all Glasgow's points
Biarritz Olympique and Glasgow played out a typically tense Heineken Cup tie at Firhill on Sauturday, with the French side edging the match 22-18.

England flanker Magnus Lund scored the crucial try as Biarritz claimed a hard-fought victory. The former Sale player crossed for the game's solitary try eight minutes into the second-half of a 22-18 victory for the French side.

Lund, who moved to France last year, capitalised on a loose Glasgow lineout on their own try-line to pounce for what proved to be a decisive seven-point score. English referee Wayne Barnes needed the television match official to confirm that Lund had beaten Glasgow’s Colin Gregor to the ball but the try was eventually given.

The rest of the match was dominated by the boots of Glasgow fly-half Dan Parks and Biarritz scrum-half Dimitri Yachvilli, with both men in fine kicking form. Parks claimed the full compliment of his side’s tally, while Yachvilli kicked 11 points to add to drop goals from Marcelo Bosch and Damien Traille for the Basques.

Glasgow dominated possession for the majority of the 80 minutes but were forced to settle for just a losing bonus point in their opening Pool Two encounter.

The sides were level at 12-12 at half-time as Sean Lineen’s men went in search of a second successive home win over Biarritz following a 9-6 triumph two seasons ago, but they failed to create any gilt-edged try-scoring opportunities.

A faltering lineout performance that saw the hosts lose 50 per cent of their own ball didn’t help matters and even a succession of late penalties deep inside the Biarritz 22 couldn't turn things around for Glasgow.

Frustrated Glasgow coach Sean Lineen felt his side had not been out-played after losing 22-18 at home to Biarritz in their opening game of Pool Two of the Heineken Cup.

Lineen had seen Glasgow take an early lead only to be hauled back to 12-12 at the break.

Dan Parks kicked the Glasgow side ahead soon after the restart only for the game to turn in the 50th minute on the only try of the game, and that score was a tight decision as referee Wayne Barnes required the help of the video referee before he awarded it.

Lineen said: "We lost it. We were not out-played.

"They didn't win it. And we lost it thanks to the lineout and the baffling thing is that has been the one consistently strong area of our game all season."

The Glasgow line-out stuttered from the start of the second half.

In the 50th minute under-pressure lock Tim Barker could only palm the ball back five metres from his line.

Biarritz flanker Magnus Lund and home scrum-half Colin Gregor both dived to touch it down with the TV judge giving Lund the nod.

Lineen added: "It has all come down to that one lineout in our 22 that we didn't control. It's going to haunt us."

Lineen praised the overall effort of his side, saying: "The boys never stopped and played great rugby at times.

"They just couldn't break that very very strong defence."

He had particular praise for Parks who missed only a penalty while steering over a drop goal and five penalties for all of Glasgow's points.

Glasgow now face their Magners League hoodoo side Dragons in Newport on Friday.

The Dragons took a point in defeat at Gloucester.

A bullish Lineen said: "After the opening results, this will be interesting. I'm looking forward to taking the boys down there.

"However, we've picked up more injuries in the backs with centre Rob Dewey injuring an ankle, winger DTH Van Der Merwe going off at half-time due to a knee problem and full-back Bernie Stortoni suffering a leg knock.

"It was very frustrating," said Dan Parks, "especially when you look at how they got their points, with drop goals and a soft try. It shows you the difference between teams can often be a very fine margin. The three pointer tally was 6-5 to us, and we lost the game on that try.

"We had looked at the way they played and there's not much French rugby that is played in each other's halves. They are always trying to get out of their half, so we were trying to put pressure on them in their half and when we got opportunities, to hold on to the ball and try and accumulate points. It worked for us at times, but it didn't at others.

"We created good opportunities, and if we had taken them we would have won the game, but as it turned out they got a scrappy try from our mistake and that was the difference.

"Our scrum and lineout has been very solid this year, and that was the first time we've had problems. I don't know whether it was the throwing or the jumping, but it was quite swirly out there, so it was difficult.

"It was obviously frustrating but that can happen in games and I'm sure the guys will fix it in time for next week.

"The guys will pick themselves up. It's going to be a tight pool and to win away we will have to play well."

Referee Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Attendance 3,111
Team
1
Jon Welsh
2
Dougie Hall
3
Moray Low
4
Tim Barker
5
Alastair Kellock
6
Richie Vernon
7
John Barclay
8
John Beattie
9
Colin Gregor
10
Dan Parks
11
Thom Evans
12
Rob Dewey
13
Dave McCall
14
DTH van der Merwe
15
Bernardo Stortoni
Sub
Pat MacArthur
Sub
Kevin Tkachuk
Sub
Ed Kalman
Sub
Dan Turner
Sub
Mark McMillan
Sub
Peter Horne
Sub
Hefin O'Hare
Sub
Kelly Brown
Match Substitutions
Off On
DTH van der Merwe Hefin O'Hare
Off On
Dougie Hall Pat MacArthur
Off On
Jon Welsh Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Tim Barker Dan Turner
Off On
Richie Vernon Kelly Brown
Off On
Bernardo Stortoni Mark McMillan
Off On
Rob Dewey Peter Horne
Off On
Moray Low Ed Kalman
Scorers
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Drop
Gallery
    Posted by Osama on October 10, 2009 10:22 PM | Reply to this comment

    Should have, could have won. No way was that a try for Biarritz. For me, man of the match was Beattie... Surely a shoe-in for the Autumn Tests after a fine start to the season. Absolutely gutted for the team... Great game to watch and the wrong side won.

    Posted by steven on October 11, 2009 12:42 AM | Reply to this comment

    A very tight game - Biarritz showed their quality by keeping the scoreboard ticking - bit of a shame for Glasgow that the lineout that led to the try should've been a Glasgow scrum - the Biarritz player spilled the ball in contact before it crossed the touchline - the touch judge missed it - thems the breaks. But a good performance - yeah Beattie was excellent and im looking forward to seeing more of McCall.

    Posted by way_ahead on October 11, 2009 08:32 AM | Reply to this comment

    on the other hand - it worried me that we played most of the 2nd half on the back foot. Biarritz always looked to be playing within themselves. We lost too many line outs and players were exposed and turned over. We have nothing to lose on Friday and I hope the guys can cut loose.

    On a happy now well done to Treviso - nearly as good as our result last year, but we won away from home

    Posted by mediumsizedal on October 11, 2009 06:02 PM | Reply to this comment

    Frustrating game-could have won it. Always felt the team that made fewest mistakes would win. Biarritz defense was very good & we seldom looked like like scoring a try. Glasgow just could not control the vital areas of the game-3 turnovers, 3 not straight throws, only won half of our lineouts second half & even then the ball was mostly scrappy & Biarritz seemed to be faster about the pitch to the breakdown. Scrum did OK, but most of the scrums were messy. The try was a bad one to lose, but we were in the game right to the end & the boys could not be faulted for effort-the breaks just would not come. Just have to beat the Dragons on Friday!!

    Posted by Glensboy on October 12, 2009 03:36 PM | Reply to this comment

    Would have been a much better crowd for this game if it didn't kick off in the middle of the usual Saturday club fixtures that many were playing, coaching or supporting.

    Posted by Alan on October 12, 2009 11:05 PM | Reply to this comment

    Yes, it was a shame .. but Warriors/SRU would have no input to that, I suppose. It would be decided by Sky and ERC to fit in with other matches. Could the clubs have brought games forward? .. a big ask.

    Posted by GMJ on October 12, 2009 11:11 PM | Reply to this comment

    West clubs were given the opportunity for early kick-offs.
    None took up the offer.

    Posted by Hugues on October 13, 2009 02:49 AM | Reply to this comment

    What worries me is the scrum in the second half.

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