December 10, 2022
Bath 19 - 22 Glasgow Warriors
European Challenge Cup match played at The Rec on Saturday December 10th 2022 | No comments
Lewis Bean opened the scoring for Glasgow Glasgow Warriors opened their EPCR Challenge Cup campaign with a hard-fought win over Bath at The Rec.
A late penalty from Duncan Weir sealed Glasgow's second away win in a week and put them top of Group A with Perpignan due at Scotstoun next week.
Hugh Jones' try just before the interval gave Glasgow the lead after Bath had levelled it at 12-12 through Wesley White and Fergus Lee-Warner, having conceding two early scores from Lewis Bean and George Turner.
Warriors should have increased their lead after the break when Bean was held up and Domingo Miotti had a toe in touch as he dived into the corner.
The hosts started to dominate territory and possession and after some desperate Glasgow defence - and a yellow card for Bean -Matt Gallagher eventually went over to draw Bath level against 14 men.
But Weir's penalty ensured the four points were were going back to Glasgow,
"I'm extremely proud," Head Coach Franco Smith said post-match. "To have a good team, you must have a good squad and we showed that today.
"The scoreline apart, the character the players showed and the way they went about their business was what we need in our squad and in our environment. So I was really proud of that.
"I think everyone stepped up to the plate today. That's what we asked - to forget about where we were playing, to play with enthusiasm and belief in our systems. We got that.
"We're actually disappointed, because we created so many opportunities that weren't converted. We should have scored at least another once or twice in the first half, and then in the second we camped on the line, got held up and were turned over.
"That was a pity, but the way we stuck to our guns when they scored on the other side and it went to 19-all, you could clearly see that the guys were concentrating on what they had to do, not what they wanted to do."