‘Destiny in our own hands’ says Glasgow coach
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