October 09, 2021
Glasgow Warriors 13 - 9 Lions
United Rugby Championship match played at Scotstoun on Saturday October 9th 2021 | No comments
Jamie Bhatti grabbed the only try of the game Glasgow Warriors edged out The Lions in a dour game at Scotstoun this afternoon.
The Warriors had to dig deep to hold off a spirited second-half comeback bid from a Lions team that threatened grind out the win.
Danny Wilson's team made a strong start to the match and looked equipped to pull away and notch another convincing win over South African opposition after last weekend's defeat of the Sharks.
However, the Lions refused to buckle and kept themselves in the match right to the very end before succumbing to a narrow 13-9 loss.
For the Warriors, Jamie Bhatti muscled over from close range - although replays seemed to show him short of the line - with Ross Thompson adding the extras and the fly-half also succeeded with a penalty in each half which helped his side to victory in the end.
All the Lions points came via the boot of EW Viljoen, who slotted three penalties.
Glasgow head coach Danny Wilson praised his team's defensive work, saying: "Our character defensively in our own 22 was much better than last week. We worked harder and kept the opposition out.
"We played so well in the first half and created so much, but it was a little bit forced with the offloads. We were trying to force the issue when we should have been more patient.
"In the second half, the weather came in and there were more scrums. We didn't want that, because we knew the scrum was a really powerful weapon for them.
"The game died a death a little bit in the second half, a little bit like last week. But we looked really dangerous in the first half.
"The character element of it was pleasing. We had to dig in. We could have folded a little bit at the end, but we didn't.
"We dug in and got the win - and that's 11 points from the first three games. We've gone to Ulster and played two big South African teams who we didn't know much about. So it's a good start."