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December 11, 2010

Glasgow Warriors 16 - 28 Toulouse

Heineken Cup match played at Firhill on Friday December 10th 2010 | 3 comments

Richie Gray battled hard for Glasgow
Glasgow's hopes of qualifying for the Heineken Cup quarter finals suffered a major blow as they were beaten at home by Toulouse.

Toulouse claimed a third win from three Pool Six matches as they notched three first-half tries in the 28-16 victory at Firhill.

Although they came away with a win, cup holders Toulouse were kicking themselves that they could not grab a second-half touchdown to clinch a bonus point, while Glasgow left a big effort far, far too late.

Glasgow got the perfect start when Ruaridh Jackson goaled a first-minute penalty after David Skrela had fumbled his first pass. Jackson had a chance to extend the lead with a penalty from halfway three minutes later but missed, and Toulouse made them pay in the seventh minute.

Byron Kelleher took a quick tap penalty, the Glasgow defence was out of position and Yannick Jauzion put Florian Fritz over for the opening try which Skrela converted.

Jackson missed with his third penalty but made amends when he pulled the margin back to one point with a 40-metre shot after 11 minutes.

With almost a total domination of possession, Toulouse had only themselves to blame as fumbles in the Glasgow red zone denied them a try and it took Skrela's second penalty to take the score to 10-6.

Toulouse now turned the screw and after Kelleher, Cedric Heymans and William Servat were stopped short, Glasgow ran out of tacklers as Jauzion went over for the visitors second try.

Two minutes later, Glasgow finally put an attack together and from a sparkling counter-attack, Max Evans' chip eluded Vincent Clerc for Federico Aramburu to grab the try and with Jackson slotting the conversion, Glasgow were only four points adrift having had around 10 per cent of the possession.

A Skrela penalty on the half-hour stretched the Toulouse lead and with their scrum dominating they only had to cut out the unforced errors to put Glasgow to the sword, and that looked to be about to happen as they ran in try number three.

When Kelleher robbed Richie Vernon at the base of a retreating Glasgow scrum the home defence was caught out by a Fritz chip which let Max Medard put Heymans in for an unconverted try, but it was Glasgow who finished the half as they had begun, with a Jackson penalty.

The second half was remarkable in that there was only one score, a Skrela penalty in the 58th minute and it showed that once Glasgow had ceased to be in awe of their illustrious opponents they could play a bit of rugby as a raft of unforced errors haunted the Toulouse backs.

Once Glasgow got a bit of momentum into their game they showed that with the two Richies, Gray and Vernon, and Rob Hurley following the lead of John Barclay, they could restrict Toulouse to a kicking game which was at times as aimless as it was fruitless.

It was only in the final quarter though that Glasgow started to get the sort of possession which was needed to threaten the Toulouse defence and they did not have the cutting edge outside to cause a lot of damage.

Glasgow coach Sean Lineen told BBC Radio Scotland: "We struggled at the set pieces - scrum and line-out. But I feel sorry for the crowd - the ref killed the game, the scrum especially.

"Something has to be done about that, because on paper, this was a hell of a game - but he just killed it.

"Once he gets a bee in his bonnet about a player, he just zones in.

"We couldn't get any ball, and even though we showed how dangerous we were when we did get it, ultimately we had no set piece.

"Toulouse didn't play all that well, they were just happy with the win - but we didn't deserve to win the game.

"Europe is all about starting at set pieces and Toulouse looked so comfortable on the ball.

"At times, we defended well, but we just bounced off too many bodies.

"We just haven't learned our lessons, and you can't make mistakes against a team like Toulouse."

Referee James Jones (WRU)
Jon Welsh
Dougie Hall
Moray Low
Richie Gray
Alastair Kellock
Robert Harley
John Barclay
Richie Vernon
Henry Pyrgos
Ruaridh Jackson
Federico Aramburu
Graeme Morrison
Max Evans
DTH van der Merwe
Bernardo Stortoni
Fergus Thomson
Kevin Tkachuk
Ed Kalman
Aly Muldowney
Chris Fusaro
Colin Gregor
Peter Murchie
Hefin O'Hare
Match Substitutions
Off On
Moray Low Ed Kalman
Off On
Alastair Kellock Aly Muldowney
Off On
Jon Welsh Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Dougie Hall Fergus Thomson
Off On
Federico Aramburu Hefin O'Hare
Off On
Henry Pyrgos Colin Gregor
Off On
Bernardo Stortoni Peter Murchie
Off On
Richie Vernon Chris Fusaro
Ruaridh Jackson Penalty
Ruaridh Jackson Penalty
Federico Aramburu Try 
Ruaridh Jackson Conversion
Ruaridh Jackson Penalty
Posted by Hugues on December 13, 2010 05:48 PM | Reply to this comment

Is the attendance figure right? 7,546, reported on BBC site.
If yes, what a good crowd!!!

Posted by alan on December 14, 2010 07:15 PM | Reply to this comment

Hugues.. unfortunately not. On reported as 2946 which is what was announced on the night. Considering all the transport problems/weather and doubt about the game, that is OK.
I suspect a lot more could have been made of the "European Champions coming to town" in publicity but not really possible since Warriors couldn't say until the last moment that the game would go ahead in front of a crowd.
As usual, it sounded a far larger crowd. There was no lack of support from the faithful!
We hope to be heard in Toulouse!

Posted by Hugues on December 17, 2010 04:52 PM | Reply to this comment

Thanks for the information, hope that Glasgow can keep it tight tomorrow.

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