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October 20, 2013

Glasgow Warriors 20 - 16 Exeter Chiefs

Heineken Cup match played at Scotstoun on Sunday October 20th 2013 | No comments

Tim Swinson powered over for Glasgow's first try
Glasgow Warriors got their Heineken Cup campaign back on track with a hard-fought win over Exeter Chiefs at Scotstoun.

The Warriors were looking for a better start than the one they produced against Toulon in round one of the Heineken Cup when they found themselves 34-0 down at half-time. However, it was the visitors that opened the scoring through the boot of Steenson.

Ruaridh Jackson immediately restored parity with one of his own before the fly-halves traded penalties as the match remained finely poised at 6-6 after 14 minutes.

The visiting stand-off put them back into the lead with a three-pointer, but he was then sin-binned for a cynical infringement.

But the hosts weren't able to take advantage as Rob Baxter's men held on for a 9-6 lead at the break. Gregor Townsend's men started well in the second period and Niko Matawalu was the inspiration for the first try of the encounter as the scrum-half off-loaded to Tim Swinson who touched down.

Tommy Seymour looked like he had crossed for a try but it was ruled out by the TMO who saw a forward pass in the lead up.

But the victory was effectively sealed when a sweeping move ended in man-of-the-match Tyrone Holmes crossing the whitewash.

Ewers touched down for the Chiefs for the losing bonus-point, but Glasgow saw out the remaining minutes for a crucial win.

After the match Glasgow skipper Alastair Kellock said: It's a great win but we're disappointed to have slipped up at the end and hand them a bonus point. However, it doesn't have to come back and haunt us," said Al.

"It's about us and making sure we are in the fight. It's about coming out of the back-to-back games against Cardiff in a good position.

"The number one task for us was to get the win today. The fact they got the bonus point is a slight frustration but no more because it's still all about what we do.

"It was tough out there because of the rain and that made it really difficult to play in. But I thought the way we controlled the game in the second half was outstanding."

Referee R Poite (France)
Attendance 6,046
Man of the Match Tyrone Holmes
Ryan Grant
Pat MacArthur
Ed Kalman
Tim Swinson
Alastair Kellock
Robert Harley
Tyrone Holmes
Josh Strauss
Nikola Matawalu
Ruaridh Jackson
DTH van der Merwe
Gabriel Ascarate
Byron McGuigan
Tommy Seymour
Sean Maitland
Dougie Hall
Jerry Yanuyanutawa
Moray Low
Jonny Gray
Richie Vernon
Chris Cusiter
Duncan Weir
Mark Bennett
Match Substitutions
Off On
Ed Kalman Moray Low
Off On
Tim Swinson Jonny Gray
Off On
Pat MacArthur Dougie Hall
Off On
Gabriel Ascarate Duncan Weir
Off On
Tyrone Holmes Richie Vernon
Ruaridh Jackson Penalty
Ruaridh Jackson Penalty
Tim Swinson Try 
Ruaridh Jackson Conversion
Tyrone Holmes Try 
Ruaridh Jackson Conversion