December 18, 2021
Glasgow Warriors 22 - 7 Exeter
Champions Cup match played at Scotstoun on Saturday December 18th 2021 | No comments
Ross Thompson kept the scoreboard moving for Glasgow Glasgow Warriors earned a hard-fought victory over Exeter in this evening's Champions Cup match at Scotstoun.
Warriors adapted better to the heavy fog to get their Champions Cup campaign back on trach after last weekend's defeat to La Rochelle. Young fly-half Ross Thompson kicked 15 points in a composed display.
2020 champions Exeter briefly hit back in the second half through Sam Simmonds, but Glasgow responded almost immediately through Johnny Matthews in what was a dominant display at a noisy Scotstoun.
Glasgow had the bulk of possession and territory in the opening half but were unable to turn their advantage into points. They came agonisingly close to bagging the game's first try through hooker George Turner's fine break off a lineout, but he was hauled down just short of the line by a tackle from Tom O'Flaherty that looked a bit on the high side. A solitary penalty from Thompson was all Warriors had to show for their efforts as they took a 3-0 lead at the break.
In the second period Warriors started where they left off with Thompson stretching their lead with another three-pointer after hitting the post with an earlier effort.
Two more penalties from Thompson gave Warriors the advantage their play deserved but slackness in defence gave Exeter field position for Sam Simmonds to go over from close range on 71 minutes. Joe Simmonds converted to set up a tense finale with the scores at 12-7.
Thompson kicked another crucial fifth penalty on 75 minutes to put the game beyond Chiefs' reach, and Glasgow rounded off a dominant display as replacement hooker Johnny Matthews touched down at the back of a maul late on.
"To win against a fully-loaded Exeter side in the manner we did stands as my proudest moment, and and as a group our biggest achievement so far," head coach Danny Wilson said after the match. "But there's a lot more to come. We need to get more consistent, and do what we did tonight on demand.
"This time last year our competition was a disaster," he continued, referring to the 42-0 away defeat by Exeter almost exactly 12 months ago. "So to get a bonus point away [in La Rochelle] and a win today is massive.
"I'm really proud, particularly with the six-day turnaround. With the physicality of that game in France, to come back six days later and show even more physicality for long periods of that game was outstanding.
"We had so many opportunities that we didn't finish. But we showed real character when it got to 12-7 and we went down the other end and scored a driving lineout and finished the game off. So I'm really pleased. We won that game comfortably but there was more. We were pretty dominant."