‘Des­tiny in our own hands’ says Glas­gow coach

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RUGBY -

GLAS­GOW’S des­tiny is in their own hands af­ter a hard-fought win over French side Lyon in dread­ful con­di­tions at Scot­stoun Sta­dium yes­ter­day. Us­ing the wind well Glas­gow led 18-3 at the break thanks to a brace of tries from winger Niko Matawalu sand­wich­ing a pair of penal­ties from Adam Hast­ings, who also con­verted the sec­ond try

Late pres­sure from Lyon pro­duced a penalty from Jean-Marc Dous­sain, and with the wind they pulled back a try from Pierre-Louis Barassi which was con­verted by Dous­sain.

A penalty from Hast­ings, who was later sub­ject to a straight arm to the head from lock Eti­enne Oosthuizen who was red carded by ref­eree Ben White­house, saw Glas­gow home.

Recog­nis­ing that the match had been played in hor­ren­dous con­di­tions of driv­ing rain and a bit­ing east wind that swept di­rectly down the pitch, Glas­gow coach Dave Ren­nie said: “It was tough con­di­tions. I’m sit­ting in the coaches box in the dry and scratch­ing my head over some of the er­rors, but in re­al­ity it was dif­fi­cult.

“If I had known that we would get nine points from the dou­ble header be­fore we started I would have been pleased.”

Glas­gow had made a smart start with a try in 50 sec­onds fol­lowed by an­other sand­wich­ing a pair of Hast­ings penal­ties to lead 18-0.

‘What we had talked about was make sure we won,” said Ren­nie. “Start­ing so well and get­ting a cou­ple of tries from Niko Matawalu in the first 20 gave us a glim­mer of bonus point hope.

“With the wind be­hind us we were try­ing to get play to the right end of the field. But we played with­out the ball for the last quar­ter of an hour of the first half.

“In the sec­ond half we had pres­sure on their line late on, but prob­a­bly go­ing wide in those con­di­tions wasn’t the best op­tion.”

Look­ing ahead to the re­sump­tion of the Cham­pi­ons Cup in the new year Ren­nie is happy that his side have put them­selves in “in a good spot”, adding their “des­tiny is in our own hands”.

“Ob­vi­ously if we can knock Cardiff over in the next game with a bonus we will reach 19, which I imag­ine will be pretty close (to qual­i­fi­ca­tion).”

The in­jury de­mon struck Glas­gow with hooker Ge­orge Turner taken off on the stroke of half time, a week af­ter top hooker Fraser Brown had suf­fered a bad shoul­der in­jury in Lyon.

Ren­nie ap­peared to be re­laxed about the hooker cri­sis that has re­sulted adding: “These events nor­mally come in groups don’t they? It’s an an­kle and maybe a bit of con­cus­sion.

“We have Grant Ste­wart, who took over to­day and has played a bit for us and we have Kevin Bruce who has been here since the sea­son’s start.”

Scor­ers - Glas­gow War­riors: Matawalu (2) tries, Hast­ings 3 poens, con; Lyon: Barassi try, Dous­sain pen, con

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