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Warriors' Heineken hopes end

Glasgow saw their Heineken Cup hopes extinguished as they failed to get the bonus-point win they needed as Castres won 9-6.

The match was a poor advert for European rugby -- one of brutal frontal assaults relieved by kicking, and was little reward for the 3,348 spectators who turned up on a freezing night.

Ultimately, it was decided by the boot with three successful penalties from Castres' Rory Kockott outdoing the pair from Glasgow's Scott Wight.

The tentative early stages saw Glasgow move into a 6-3 lead, thanks to two penalties from stand-off Wight.

Castres scrum-half Kockott, by contrast, had succeeded with only one from four. But his fifth attempt, in the 36th minute, hit the mark.


The sides went in after a first half that had failed to warm a chill Glasgow evening with the score tied at 6-6.

Both teams had had spells of possession but neither goal line had been seriously threatened.

Notably, Glasgow twice shot themselves in the foot at set scrums by engaging too early.

Glasgow made a livelier start to the second half but after 47 minutes Wight, in a moment which is sure to haunt him, was unable to take advantage of a straight penalty shot.

In turn, Castres were twice unable to make anything of pressure situations on Glasgow's line.

With 57 minutes gone, Kockott was able to nudge Castres into the lead with a long penalty.

With Glasgow unable to threaten further they saw their European hopes end as Castres held on to keep theirs alive.