Tuesday 20 February 2018

Warriors warm up with Blues victory

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend Photo: Sportsfile
Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

With Munster and Racing 92 locking horns in Paris last weekend, action in Pool 1 got off to an earlier start than the other Champions Cup groups.

But Glasgow Warriors and Leicester Tigers, both of whom harbour intentions of qualifying for the knock-out stages, were firmly focused on their home league action.

Gregor Townsend may have turned off Munster's Champions Cup win in France at half-time due to the forgone conclusion he was watching, but later that day he was tuned in to see his side claim a bonus-point victory over Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun.

A couple of tries from Peter Murchie, and one each for hookers Pat MacArthur and James Malcolm, sealed a 29-15 win for the Scottish outfit, who welcome Munster to Scotstoun tomorrow.

Elsewhere, in the week that they decided to relieve Richard Cockerill of his director of rugby duties, Leicester Tigers saw their brave comeback against Wasps fall just short at the Ricoh Arena.

Tries from Christian Wade, Tommy Taylor and Dan Robson gave the Coventry side a 19-0 lead, but Peter Betham's reply and Freddie Burns' and Owen Williams' kicking gave Tigers hope.

But after Saracens won on Saturday, Wasps reclaimed top spot in the table when Jimmy Gopperth's late penalty sealed the win, as Tigers had to be satisfied with a losing bonus point ahead of tomorrow's trip to face Racing 92 in Paris.

Irish Independent

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