January 23, 2016
Glasgow Warriors 22 - 5 Racing 92
Champions Cup match played at Rugby Park on Saturday January 23rd 2016 | No comments
Stuart Hogg went over for Glasgow's try Warriors finished their Champions Cup campaign with a win over Racing 92 at Rugby Park this evening.
Eleven points from the boot of Finn Russell, a try from Stuart Hogg and a further six points via the kicking tee from new centurion Duncan Weir earned the Warriors a morale-boosting victory.
Replacement prop Cedate Gomes Sa touched down for the visitors but Glasgow managed to largely shut the Frenchmen out as the reigning PRO12 champions coasted to the 17-point victory.
Glasgow's Scotstoun pitch is presently unplayable due to the heavy rain and flooding that has affected much of Scotland in recent weeks, meaning the Warriors had to find a new venue.
Kilmarnock's football stadium fitted the bill, and Glasgow drew a crowd of 9,063 for the occasion.
Glasgow's defeat to Northampton last week meant they could not qualify for the knock-out stage, but they finished their campaign by inflicting a rare defeat on Racing, who advance as Pool Three winners to have home advantage in the quarter-finals.
"I'm delighted with the result. It was a hard task to achieve but a great result nonetheless," said Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend. "From minute one to 80 I thought everyone worked hard against a tough side who came to play. The conditions weren't ideal, the rain really coming down for most of the game which made it tough at times, but I felt we coped well and did what we needed to when it mattered.
"We are obviously disappointed how we ended our Champions Cup experience but we are going out on a high which hopefully can help when we get back to PRO12 duty."
Finn Russell echoed his coach's comments, adding: "It was a hard game, weather did not make it any easier, but it was a great result to end our European Champions Cup season. "It has been a disappointing Champions Cup for us but the hope is we can use this result now as a springboard and start picking up more results."