Five-try win in Lyon sends Glas­gow top

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RUGBY -

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.”

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