January 22, 2022
Glasgow Warriors 30 - 38 Stade Rochelais
Champions Cup match played at Scotstoun on Saturday January 22nd 2022 | No comments
Josh McKay gave Glasgow the lead early in the second half Glasgow Warriors went down to a 38-30 defeat to a powerful Stade Rochelais at Scotstoun this evening.
Warriors will have to wait until Sunday and results elsewhere to see whether they have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions Cup.
Clermont Auvergne's defeat to Ulster, meant a win would have confirmed the Warriors' progress into the last-16, but they produced a disappointing display.
The Scotstoun men struggled to deal with the power of the French, who went into the break 15-9 ahead thanks to tries from Raymond Rhule and Paul Bourdehent with Warriors responding via three Ross Thompson penalties.
Despite the difference in physicality, Warriors initially started the second period well as Josh McKay's converted try moved them in front, but their habit of backing up one mistake with another, came back to haunt them as Pierre Bourgarit charged across the whitewash.
As they did against Exeter last week, Warriors began chasing the game too early and rejected a kickable penalty that would have kept them in the contest. From the kick to the corner Warriors' rolling maul went wrong and the visitors went the length of the field to grab the bonus-point through Pierre Boudehent.
Ollie Smith's late double made the score more flattering for Warriors but the same old mistakes and the power of the Frenchmen had already put the game out of their reach.
Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Glasgow head coach Danny Wilson said: "The boys went out second half and scored some nice tries, but ultimately we came up short", he said. "We gave up some soft tries - our own errors fed the opposition.
"Breakdown was an issue for us, our choice of tackles was poor - we went high against a big team and gave them momentum.
"We'll see what happens tomorrow and see what that means going forward."