Ren­nie rel­ishes bonus point as Glas­gow home in on knock­outs

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Rugby Union -

Dave Ren­nie’s Glas­gow side scored five tries in a fully de­served bonus-point vic­tory in France as Adam Ashe crossed for a brace of tries and scrum-half Ge­orge Horne pro­duced a man-of-the­match dis­play.

Ashe (two), Horne, Stu­art Hogg and Huw Jones did the dam­age for the War­riors as Adam Hast­ings fin­ished 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 [against Lyon] we’ll put our­selves in a strong po­si­tion head­ing into the last cou­ple of rounds in Jan­uary, start­ing with Cardiff at home,” head coach Ren­nie said. “We’re des­per­ate to still be in the mix come the knock-outs and we’ve got some tough games com­ing up.

“There is not an aw­ful lot be­tween a lot of our boys and we want to re­ward per­for­mance and give op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Glas­gow went to the break 20-10 up 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 rapt 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,” said Ren­nie. “He was a big con­trib­u­tor to­day.

“We were dis­ap­pointed to go down to 14 when Tim saw yellow. We’ve played with 14 re­cently and we know how to main­tain ball in those sit­u­a­tions and I thought 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. 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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