Monday 23 October 2017

Warriors show fighting spirit to see off Exeter


Henry Slade of Exeter in action against Glasgow Warriors
Henry Slade of Exeter in action against Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow Warriors kept alive their hopes of at least taking a place in this season's Amlin Challenge Cup, as one of the best Heineken Cup Pool runners-up with this victory but head coach Gregor Townsend knows they have to beat Heineken Cup holders Toulon next weekend.

"We knew that if were able to pick up a win here against Exeter, and other teams were to lose, then there could be a chance of getting into the Amlin if we were to pull off a win next week against Toulon," he said.

"But it was great to get the win this afternoon. We didn't particulary play well, especially in the second half, but we hung in there and defended well throughout the 80 minutes. To win in England was also great.

"There were many mistakes in the second half, and we were a bit rusty at the beginning of the game which you could say was natural, as we haven't played many games over the past few weeks.

"But we picked it up, we did a lot of good things in attack in the second quarter. Exeter played well in the first half but both teams in the second half never really got into their game and it wasn't a good spectacle with too many mistakes."

Townsend does not accept that there is any added pressure on his side next weekend when they host Toulon.

"When you have Toulon coming and there is nothing to lose, if we play like we did in the second half against them when the game was a wee bit away, that was some of our best rugby that we have played this year."

The Chiefs took an early lead through a penalty from outhalf Henry Slade who then added the extras to the opening try of the game as Tongan international wing Fetu'u Vainikolo scrambled over the line.

But the Warriors took a 12-10 lead into the break with tries from Scottish internationals Sean Maitland and Sean Lamont, the second converted by Lions full-back Stuart Hogg, who had scored on their opposite wings.

Hogg increased the Warriors' lead 10 minutes into the second half with a 20 metre penalty but that was to be the only points of the half and the Chiefs were forced to settle for a losing bonus point as they searched in vain for a late try.

Scorers -- Exeter: F Vainikolo try, H Slade con, pen Glasgow: S Maitland, S Lamont try each, S Hogg con, pen

Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)

Irish Independent

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