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January 14, 2023
Perpignan 26 - 40 Glasgow Warriors
European Challenge Cup match played at Stade Aime Giral on Saturday January 14th 2023 | No comments
Johnny Matthews went over for Glasgow's bonus point try and took the Player of the Match award Glasgow Warriors secured a place in the last 16 of the European Challenge Cup after this evening's 40-26 win over Perpignan at the Stade Aime Giral.
Warriors didn't get off to the best of starts with Ollie Smith yellow carded in the opening minutes for a high tackle and it didn't take long for Pergignan to take advantage of the extra player.
The hosts pressured the Glasgow line and with a penalty advantage Eddie Sawailau collected a cross field kick to touch down in the left corner.
It didn't take long for Warriors to hit back with a Sam Johnson try after a well-worked lineout move. Domingo Miotti added the extras.
Perpignan struck back right away with Nino Seguela collecting his own chip to beat Josh McKay to the touchdown. Matteo Rodor added the conversion to put Perpignan back in front.
Smith had returned to the action and broke through a couple of tackles before being brought to ground just short of the Perpignan line. Glasgow recycled and Richie Gray crashed over the line from close range. Duncan Weir, on for Miotti who had left action with a back injury, kicked the visitors back into the lead.
Jamie Dobie's sharp delivery was stretching the home defence and some nice work from the Glasgow forwards gave skipper Stafford McDowall the opportunity to skip past a tackle to go over for the try. Weir made no mistake with the conversion.
Warriors secured the bonus point when Victor Montgaillard's lineout sailed over everyone's head and Johnny Matthews pounced to break through a couple of tacklers to score. Weir was accurate with the boot once again.
Early in the second period Glasgow went a man down again when Tom Gordon, who had replaced Cameron Neild, was sin-binned following a no-arms tackle.
Perpignan capitalised with Rodor going in at the corner. The stand-off added the conversion.
Warriors got their act together and quick ball released Smith to go over for the fifth try. Weir missed the conversion, but moments later made no mistake with the extras after a great Sam Johnson pass put Josh McKay in.
At 21 points ahead there was a third sin binning for Warriors when Cole Forbes was penalised for a no arms tackle. From a lineout Posolo Tuilagi's broke away from a maul to touch down and secure a bonus point for Perpignan.
Franco Smith's Warriors will host Bath in their final pool match on Friday with the knockout rounds taking place over the weekend of 31 March and 1 and 2 April.