October 17, 2010
London Wasps 38 - 26 Glasgow Warriors
Heineken Cup match played at Adams Park on Sunday October 17th 2010 | 3 comments
Dougie Hall went over for Glasgow's second try Glasgow coach Sean Lineen felt his side had thrown the match away in the first quarter and despaired at their failure to secure a losing bonus point in the 38-26 defeat to Wasps at Adams Park.
"We had a poor first 20 minutes collectively. They weren't doing anything special and we were hanging off them," he said.
"The tries were too soft. We showed more spirit in the second half and scored a couple of tries ourselves.
"To come away with nothing is very disappointing, especially given all the ball we had in the last 20 minutes."
Glasgow breached the goalline on two occasions through Ruaridh Jackson and Dougie Hall, but failed to secure a losing bonus-point with a late assault.
Jackson scored all but five of his side's points in a strong performance that kept the Warriors in touch.
A dominant Wasps scrum enabled the English club to race into an eighth minute lead when a powerful shove saw Simpson dash into space.
The scrum-half spied a gap between opposite number Colin Gregor and winger DTH van der Merwe and turned on the afterburners to race over the line.
Walder missed the conversion and a penalty but then landed three points, shortly after Jackson had got Glasgow off the mark.
The Warriors slipped further behind as they continued to fall foul of referee Pascal Gauzere's whistle.
Prop Moray Low was sent to the sin bin for hands in the ruck as Gauzere lost patience and Walder kicked his second penalty.
Wasps continued to turn the screw and encountered little difficulty turning their dominance into points.
A clever grubber kick from Walder was touched down by Varndell who outpaced van der Merwe and the Wasps fly-half added the conversion.
Just as the home side were threatening to move out of sight, Glasgow replied when flanker John Barclay chipped through for Jackson to collect and touch down.
Jackson slotted the conversion and a penalty to slash the deficit to 18-13, only for Walder to calm home nerves by finding the uprights.
Daylight was restored after patient build-up from Wasps ended when centre Jacobs dummied and then jinked his way over from close range. Walder converted.
The second half opened with Jackson and Walder exchanging penalties and the crowd had to wait until the 64th minute for a meaningful passage of play that saw Wasps add the bonus point.
A series of forward drives ended when the ball was spun wide where Riki Flutey - playing his 50th match for the club - broke into open space.
Flanker Dan Ward-Smith kept the move going before supplying the scoring pass to sub Waldouck with Walder converting.
Glasgow struck back with centre Max Evans starting a passage of play that ended when Henry Pyrgos passed out of the tackle to Dougie Hall who stormed over.
Jackson kicked the conversion and the Warriors were refused a try by the video referee after Graeme Morrison was held up over the line.
Glasgow continued to probe for the bonus point but Wasps' defence held firm to secure their 15th successive unbeaten home match in the Heineken Cup.
Glasgow skipper John Barclay said: “It was very frustrating. The last 20 minutes was how we wanted to play the entire game. We played into their hands in the first half, the first 40 minutes was unacceptable.
“But it’s not all down for us; we can take a lot from that last 20 minutes of the game.”
Shame, I think the lack of bonus point makes the chacne of qualifying second from pool exceedingly slim.
Getting into the Amlin is still doable though.
I bet the boys are bloody kickin themselves! By the end of that match they will have realised that a win was possible, if only they'd cut out the errors in the first 20.
Well there is a return match to look forward to, but unless we have lulled Toulouse into a false sense of security again, we're gonna struggle. It's not over til the fat lady sings though...
"Glasgow coach Sean Lineen felt his side had thrown the match away in the first quarter"
should that not read "threw the match away in the first quarter"?
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