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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."

Referee Wayne Barnes (England)
Attendance 9,063
Man of the Match Leone Nakarawa
Team
1
Alex Allan
2
Shalva Mamukashvili
3
Sila Puafisi
4
Greg Peterson
5
Jonny Gray
6
James Eddie
7
Simone Favaro
8
Leone Nakarawa
9
Ali Price
10
Finn Russell
11
Tommy Seymour
12
Sam Johnson
13
Alex Dunbar
14
Taqele Naiyaravoro
15
Stuart Hogg
Sub
James Malcolm
Sub
Jerry Yanuyanutawa
Sub
Zander Fagerson
Sub
Scott Cummings
Sub
Chris Fusaro
Sub
Grayson Hart
Sub
Duncan Weir
Sub
Lee Jones
Match Substitutions
Off On
Alex Dunbar Lee Jones
Off On
Simone Favaro Chris Fusaro
Off On
Alex Allan Jerry Yanuyanutawa
Off On
Shalva Mamukashvili James Malcolm
Off On
Sila Puafisi Zander Fagerson
Off On
Ali Price Grayson Hart
Off On
Finn Russell Duncan Weir
Off On
Greg Peterson Scott Cummings
Scorers
Finn Russell Penalty
Finn Russell Penalty
Stuart Hogg Try 
Finn Russell Conversion
Finn Russell Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty