October 20, 2013
Glasgow Warriors 20 - 16 Exeter Chiefs
Heineken Cup match played at Scotstoun on Sunday October 20th 2013 | No comments
Tim Swinson powered over for Glasgow's first try Glasgow Warriors got their Heineken Cup campaign back on track with a hard-fought win over Exeter Chiefs at Scotstoun.
The Warriors were looking for a better start than the one they produced against Toulon in round one of the Heineken Cup when they found themselves 34-0 down at half-time. However, it was the visitors that opened the scoring through the boot of Steenson.
Ruaridh Jackson immediately restored parity with one of his own before the fly-halves traded penalties as the match remained finely poised at 6-6 after 14 minutes.
The visiting stand-off put them back into the lead with a three-pointer, but he was then sin-binned for a cynical infringement.
But the hosts weren't able to take advantage as Rob Baxter's men held on for a 9-6 lead at the break. Gregor Townsend's men started well in the second period and Niko Matawalu was the inspiration for the first try of the encounter as the scrum-half off-loaded to Tim Swinson who touched down.
Tommy Seymour looked like he had crossed for a try but it was ruled out by the TMO who saw a forward pass in the lead up.
But the victory was effectively sealed when a sweeping move ended in man-of-the-match Tyrone Holmes crossing the whitewash.
Ewers touched down for the Chiefs for the losing bonus-point, but Glasgow saw out the remaining minutes for a crucial win.
After the match Glasgow skipper Alastair Kellock said: It's a great win but we're disappointed to have slipped up at the end and hand them a bonus point. However, it doesn't have to come back and haunt us," said Al.
"It's about us and making sure we are in the fight. It's about coming out of the back-to-back games against Cardiff in a good position.
"The number one task for us was to get the win today. The fact they got the bonus point is a slight frustration but no more because it's still all about what we do.
"It was tough out there because of the rain and that made it really difficult to play in. But I thought the way we controlled the game in the second half was outstanding."