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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."