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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.

Referee Craig Evans (Wales)
Man of the Match Johnny Matthews
Nathan McBeth
Johnny Matthews
Lucio Sordoni
JP du Preez
Richie Gray
Euan Ferrie
Cameron Neild
Jack Dempsey
Jamie Dobie
Domingo Miotti
Ollie Smith
Sam Johnson
Stafford McDowall
Cole Forbes
Josh McKay
Angus Fraser
Jamie Bhatti
Simon Berghan
Lewis Bean
Alex Samuel
Tom Gordon
Sean Kennedy
Duncan Weir
Match Substitutions
Off On
Domingo Miotti Duncan Weir
Off On
JP du Preez Lewis Bean
Off On
Jamie Dobie Sean Kennedy
Off On
Lucio Sordoni Simon Berghan
Off On
Cameron Neild Tom Gordon
Off On
Johnny Matthews Angus Fraser
Off On
Richie Gray Alex Samuel
Sam Johnson Try 
Domingo Miotti Conversion
Richie Gray Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
Stafford McDowall Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
Johnny Matthews Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
Ollie Smith Try 
Josh McKay Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion