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January 09, 2016

Racing 92 34 - 10 Glasgow Warriors

Champions Cup match played at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir on Saturday January 9th 2016 | No comments

Leone Nakarawa scored Glasgow's only try
Glasgow Warriors went down to a heavy defeat at the hands of Racing 92 in today's Champions Cup match in Paris.

Warriors will see this as an opportunity lost after making a good start to the re-arranged match. Too often poor decisions and a failure to look after the ball meant periods of pressure weren't rewarded with points.

Racing made the most of Glasgow's first-half errors to stretch away in the second period and claim a bonus-point try with the last play of the game.

Racing's front row of Ben Tameifuna, Dimitri Swarzewski and Eddy Ben Arous all scored tries for the Parisians, with all three being scored in similar fashion.

A last minute try from Manuel Carizza secured the bonus point for his side with yet another driving maul from a lineout.

Despite missing his first attempt at the posts, Finn Russell had put Glasgow ahead after 14 minutes as he converted from the 22 metre line.

Stuart Hogg then fancied his chances from distance, but his kick from the touchline got caught in the Paris winds and was dragged wide.

Dan Carter then opened his account for the afternoon, bringing the French side level from just shy of 40 metres after 24 minutes.

With points on the board Racing finally kicked in to gear, and Tameifuna carried the ball over the line with the help of his fellow forwards. Carter added the extras.

The former All-Black then added another three points from the tee to take the home side in to the break with a ten point lead.

Warriors had chances to put more points on the board with a great run from Stuart Hogg coming to nothing when he didn't get the pass away and Leone Nakarawa knocking on just short of the line after some good work from the Glasgow pack.

A Glasgow mistake right at the start of the second-half gave Dimitri Swarzewski to score a well worked try from another Racing maul that was simply too strong from the Glasgow defence. Carter maintained his one hundred percent kicking record in the game.

With Racing chasing the bonus point, Carter kicked to the corner which allowed Ben Arous to carry the ball over in similar fashion to that of his front row colleagues. Carter's kick took the scoreline to 27-3.

Leone Nakarawa then scored the try that Glasgow's play had deserved as he came to the front of a five metre lineout before immediately reaching for the line. Russell's conversion took Glasgow's total to ten.

Excellent defensive work from Lee Jones looked to have denied Racing the chance to score their fourth try, but with the last play of the game, and Glasgow down to 14 players, Carizza reached for the line from the back of yet another maul from the French side.

After the game Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend told the club's official website: "The overall feeling is one of disappointment. We really believe we had an opportunity to win today and we prepared well.

"I felt that a lot of what we did in the first half was putting pressure on Racing 92 giving us an opportunity to score points, so to go in at half-time 13-3 down didn't really reflect the game. But this is the game we play, you've got to take your opportunities.

"The most disappointing aspect was the beginning of the second-half. We made a couple of errors that gave Racing 92 opportunities to score against us and get clear ahead on the scoreboard.

"I was really proud of the way the players responded after that with effort and ambition to try and come back. It was rewarded with a try and there were a couple of other occasions where we made clean breaks but we didn't finish them off.

"We know we need to work on accuracy and looking after the ball and when we do create those opportunities we have to be so focussed to take them."

"The work of the pack, especially in the scrum and what they did defensively was excellent.

"Ali Price, who was starting his first Champions Cup game, looked really assured, played with tempo, made good decisions and kicked well.

"I thought Chris Fusaro and Ryan Wilson did really well. They made a huge number of tackles and were involved in our attacking play.

"The front-row really worked hard in the scrums but were very consistent there and won a penalty there late in the game and don't believe we were penalised at the scrum."

The Glasgow head coach says he hopes to have some of his injured players back in the not too distant future and is waiting for news about Mark Bennett, after the centre was taken off late in the game with a shoulder knock.

He said: "We had four players out with head knocks and we take them very seriously, so we don't know how long they will be out for.

"Mark Bennett picked up a shoulder knock today, so we'll see how he is. We don't think Taqele Naiyaravoro (knee) and Chris Fusaro (cramp) are serious."

The Warriors travel to play Northampton next Sunday evening, and Gregor know they will have to perform better than they did in the first meeting between the two sides.

He added: "We're still only a point behind Northampton who are second. We know it will be very tough next week as they have a huge pack and have already beaten us.

"But we're determined to improve on what we did today and show that we're a much better team than the one Northampton played at Scotstoun."

Referee John Lacey (Ireland)
Gordon Reid
Pat MacArthur
Zander Fagerson
Leone Nakarawa
Jonny Gray
Ryan Wilson
Chris Fusaro
Adam Ashe
Ali Price
Duncan Weir
Sean Lamont
Finn Russell
Mark Bennett
Taqele Naiyaravoro
Stuart Hogg
Fraser Brown
Alex Allan
Sila Puafisi
Greg Peterson
Hugh Blake
Lee Jones
Sam Johnson
Glenn Bryce
Match Substitutions
Off On
Adam Ashe Greg Peterson
Off On
Taqele Naiyaravoro Lee Jones
Off On
Pat MacArthur Fraser Brown
Off On
Chris Fusaro Hugh Blake
Off On
Zander Fagerson Sila Puafisi
Off On
Gordon Reid Alex Allan
Off On
Sean Lamont Glenn Bryce
Off On
Duncan Weir Sam Johnson
Finn Russell Penalty
Leone Nakarawa Try 
Finn Russell Conversion