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January 20, 2023

Glasgow Warriors 19 - 19 Bath

European Challenge Cup match played at Scotstoun on Friday January 20th 2023 | No comments

Matt Fagerson went over for Glasgow's opening try
Glasgow Warriors did enough to secure a home play off spot after sharing the spoils in this evening's European Challenge Cup meeting with Bath.

First-half tries from Matt Fagerson and Sione Vailanu, both converted by Tom Jordan, gave Glasgow a 14-13 half-time lead. Piers Francis added two penalties and converted Chris Cloete's try for Bath.

Sebastien Cancelliere scored early in the second half to extend the Scottish Glasgow's lead to 19-13. Orlando Bailey's penalty in the 54th minute made it a three-point game, before replacement scrum-half Ben Spencer slotted a penalty to level the scores with seven minutes to play.

In a dramatic late twist, Duncan Weir had the opportunity to seize victory for Glasgow in the closing seconds but his shot at goal was just wide.

The result brings Glasgow's seven-game winning streak to an end but the Scotstoun men were well below the standards set in that run of games.

Glasgow centre Sione Tuipulotu was named Player of the Match, but was clearly disappointed with his side's performance despite securing a home play-off.

"I'm not too pleased to be honest," he said on Viaplay. "We were no good tonight and didn't deserve to win. We didn't hold on to the ball enough.

"We get to go again in front of the home crowd, but hopefully we put in a better performance."

Speaking after the match, Glasgow Head Coach Franco Smith said: "The important thing is we now have a home game in the knockout stages. It's going to be another team coming here to our place. It doesn't matter who it is.

"We didn't lose. I don't see it in terms of our winning run coming to an end. It's now eight games unbeaten, I'd rather see it that way. We were a little bit inaccurate, with quite a lot of errors and turnovers. We lost the ball in contact around 16 times. These are things we can fix. We were inconsistent in some areas of the game. We've come at the end of an 11-game period in terms of this block of fixtures. So it's understandable maybe in that sense. But we're not going to make excuses. Well done to Bath for staying in the game.

"At the start of the season, that's a game we could have lost. For sure, definitely. We weren't outplayed. The only people who can derail us are ourselves. I'll never use the word complacent because that's something we're definitely not. It's just inaccuracy."

Smith praised the supporters for turning out in the freezing conditions. "I really want to thank the fans," he said. "The weather was really cold. We really do appreciate that. We're sorry we couldn't give the fans a win to cheer."

Referee Luc Ramos (France)
Man of the Match Sione Tuipulotu
Jamie Bhatti
Johnny Matthews
Lucio Sordoni
Alex Samuel
Richie Gray
Euan Ferrie
Sione Vailanu
Matt Fagerson
Ali Price
Tom Jordan
Kyle Steyn
Huw Jones
Sione Tuipulotu
Sebastian Cancelliere
Josh McKay
George Turner
Nathan McBeth
Simon Berghan
JP du Preez
Lewis Bean
Tom Gordon
George Horne
Duncan Weir
Match Substitutions
Off On
Alex Samuel Lewis Bean
Off On
Lucio Sordoni Simon Berghan
Off On
Jamie Bhatti Nathan McBeth
Off On
Johnny Matthews George Turner
Off On
Ali Price George Horne
Off On
Richie Gray JP du Preez
Off On
Sione Vailanu Tom Gordon
Off On
Tom Jordan Duncan Weir
Matt Fagerson Try 
Tom Jordan Conversion
Sione Vailanu Try 
Tom Jordan Conversion
Sebastian Cancelliere Try