Five-try win in Lyon sends Glasgow top
GLASGOW Warriors moved top of Pool 3 in the Heineken Champions Cup with a stunning bonuspoint victory on French soil. Dave Rennie’s side scored five tries as Adam Ashe crossed for a brace of tries and scrum-half George Horne produced a man-of-the-match display.
Ashe (2), Horne, Stuart Hogg and Huw Jones did the damage for Glasgow as Adam Hastings ended the game with 17 points. Lyon’s tries came from Toby Arnold, Noa Nakaitaci and Charl McLeod.
“We’re not going to look too far ahead. What we know is if we get it right next week we’ll put ourselves in a strong position,” said head coach Rennie. “We’re desperate to still be in the mix.
“We’ll put a very strong side on the field next week and there will be changes. There is not an awful lot between a lot of our boys and we want to reward performance and provide opportunities.
“There will be a handful of changes, but we’ ll be putting out a good a side as possible to get the job done.”
Glasgow went to the break 20-10 to the good as Horne created Ashe’s first and also scored a try of his own, with the excellent Hastings kicking the points. Lyon responded through Arnold’s easy finish in the corner and the boot of Jonathan Pelissie.
In the second half, Nakaitaci and McLeod grabbed Lyon tries, but it never looked like being enough as Hogg, replacement Jones, and Ashe’s second took Glasgow home.
Hogg’s was the crucial score when he got downward pressure on a Peter Horne kick after McLeod failed to gather. Jones then scored with his first touch, which meant a late yellow card for Tim Swinson mattered little.
“We’re thrilled for Adam, he got a couple of dot downs, but it was all the other work he did defensively; carrying creative forward and so on. He was a big contributor today,” said Rennie.
“We were disappointed to go down to 14 when Tim saw yellow, I don’t think our discipline was that flash and while you can debate the odd penalty, some of them were poor decisions on our part that put us under pressure. We’ve played with 14 recently and we know how to maintain ball in those situations and the boys controlled that period pretty well.
“We only gave away six penalties last week, and in the last few weeks we’ve kept the count to single figures. So that aspect of the game is disappointing, and we kicked away too much ball giving them a lot of opportunities to attack us. It’s something for us to look at and be better at next week.”