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October 14, 2017

Exeter Chiefs 24 - 15 Glasgow Warriors

Champions Cup match played at Sandy Park on Saturday October 14th 2017 | No comments

Dave Rennie was left frustrated after the defeat to Exeter
Glasgow Warriors went down to Exeter Chiefs in tonight's European Cup opener at Sandy Park.

The result brings an end to Glasgow's undefeated start to the 2017/18 season and makes next weekend's meeting with Leinster at Scotstoun a must-win game.

Things looked good for Warriors when they shot out to an early 10-0 lead through Tommy Seymour's try and Finn Russell's boot.

But the Chiefs reeled in Glasgow with close-range scores from Harry Williams and Jonny Hill to lead at half-time.

Lee Jones' try reignited Warriors' hopes but Sam Simmonds crossed late to deny them even a bonus point.

The Chiefs dominated territory and possession but only led by two points going into the closing minutes before Simmond's score.

Mistakes and a 12-5 penalty count in the host's favour meant Warriors struggled to impose themselves on the game and left head coach Dave Rennie frustrated.

"They played a lot of territory," said Rennie after the game. "They choked us down our end of the field and came up with three tries just going around the edge but they did it well.

"It was frustrating not to win. It was an arm wrestle, at 17-15 we had a couple of opportunities but we just didn't hang on to enough ball and build enough pressure.

"They shaded us in the kicking game and ended up winning the territory battle."

Now Glasgow must face Leinster at home next weekend after the Dublin club were boosted by a bonus point 24-17 win over Montpellier. Is it, he was asked, a must win match?

"It was always a must win game, because it's at home. It's disappointing not to get any points tonight. The boys put in a lot of effort out there and we fell short. Next week's important but there won't be any issues about motivation."

Referee Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Attendance
Team
1
Jamie Bhatti
2
Fraser Brown
3
Zander Fagerson
4
Tim Swinson
5
Jonny Gray
6
Ryan Wilson
7
Callum Gibbins
8
Adam Ashe
9
Ali Price
10
Finn Russell
11
Lee Jones
12
Peter Horne
13
Nick Grigg
14
Tommy Seymour
15
Ruaridh Jackson
Sub
George Turner
Sub
Alex Allan
Sub
D'arcy Rae
Sub
Scott Cummings
Sub
Robert Harley
Sub
Henry Pyrgos
Sub
Sam Johnson
Sub
Nikola Matawalu
Match Substitutions
Off On
Fraser Brown George Turner
Off On
Nick Grigg Sam Johnson
Off On
Ryan Wilson Robert Harley
Off On
Jonny Gray Scott Cummings
Off On
Ali Price Henry Pyrgos
Off On
Zander Fagerson D'arcy Rae
Off On
Jamie Bhatti Alex Allan
Off On
Lee Jones Nikola Matawalu