A thrilling draw keeps our hopes alive, players and fans brave the rain, and Leone returns to Scotstoun - all this and more in the latest edition of our Weekend Update.
Eight-try thriller keeps Glasgow in the hunt
It might not have been the result that the players, coaches and supporters were hoping for, but Glasgow Warriors kept their quarter-final hopes very much alive as they fought out a 31-31 draw with English Premiership leaders Exeter Chiefs at Scotstoun.
The two teams shared eight tries between them in a match that saw momentum swing from side to side, from Tommy Seymour’s first-minute try to Stuart Hogg’s last-minute penalty hitting the crossbar.
MATCH REPORT | Glasgow Warriors kept their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the #ChampionsCup alive in front of a sold-out Scotstoun, as they played out a pulsating 31-31 draw with Exeter Chiefs on a dreich January afternoon.
?️ Hear from @george_horne10 and @glennbryce after today’s 31-31 draw with Exeter Chiefs in the Heineken Champions Cup. pic.twitter.com/eDkzJZxbPg
— Glasgow Warriors (@GlasgowWarriors) January 11, 2020
Glasgow absolutely fly out of the traps! ?
Less than 60 seconds on the clock and Tommy Seymour comes up with a sublime chip and chase to go over in the corner ?
The Scottish side couldn’t clinch a win, but a share of the points gives them a glimmer of hope..
Tough old game yesterday. Disappointed with the draw but plenty positives to build on as the season develops. Thank you Scotstoun your support was amazing as always ?? @GlasgowWarriors pic.twitter.com/CW9nLEOiTb
— Oli Kebble (@olikebble) January 12, 2020
some shift from the boys last night, Frustrating to finish with a draw but a really enjoyable game to play in front of a packed stadium and unbelievable support from the Warrior supporters !! ?⚫️ pic.twitter.com/m1L80bp6wN
— Glenn J Bryce (@glennbryce) January 12, 2020
Adam Hastings has been superb.
— Andy Burke (@AndyBurke_) January 11, 2020
??? Here are the stats from this afternoon’s thrilling 31-31 draw at Scotstoun, powered by Opta and brought to you by @Kube_NET pic.twitter.com/KOia7Etu3x
— Glasgow Warriors (@GlasgowWarriors) January 11, 2020
Here is the Champions Cup Pool 2, brought to you by @HiltonGlasgow
Weather no match for Warrior Nation
The weather may have been atrocious at best, but that didn’t stop a capacity crowd of 7,351 selling out Scotstoun for the crucial clash and waiting in the early evening rain to show their appreciation for their team.
It was a gesture that the Warriors reciprocated, posing for photos and signing autographs well after the final whistle.
Fantastic to see Ben Fishlock represent Whitecraigs as the @GlasgowWarriors official mascot against @ExeterChiefs at Scotstoun. A huge thanks to the Warriors for his brilliant day @ChampionsCup match. Superb game!???????? pic.twitter.com/ZVXIspr6u8
— Whitecraigs RC (@whitecraigsrc) January 12, 2020
Thank you so much to @GlasgowWarriors Ben has had an amazing day!!!! He’s decided he wants to be a warrior when he’s older …. bit to go @whitecraigsrc yet ? https://t.co/w8OjIFAQZj
— Rachel Fishlock (@FishlockRachel) January 11, 2020
After a brutal 80 minutes vs Exeter, several @GlasgowWarriors players came back out in the driving rain to meet young fans.
???. To all at @GlasgowWarriors for doing this after every game. Even in the driving wind and rain and ?? too to the fans that waited behind for them. https://t.co/2xxdDNDzdO
— Rob Robertson (@SDM_Robertson) January 12, 2020
Proper class from the @GlasgowWarriors lads ??
I came down the stairs as the lads were just heading in. Awesome respect for the Warriors and the time they take with supporters, young and old ?
— Anne (@annebr70) January 12, 2020
This is why I love @GlasgowWarriors Last week I’d the pleasure of watching up close how players took time with the fans Italy. They were tired, sore & some could hardly walk but they all without exception stopped to chat. It’s forged a bond with the fans others could learn from! https://t.co/ICZUsZgX5S
— Morag (@moragkatie) January 12, 2020
Leone makes return to The Clubhouse
Before the match, there was a rapturous reception for the return of one of the Warrio Nation’s favourite sons, as Leone Nakarawa took to the stage in The Clubhouse alongside Hugh Dan MacLennan.
It’s really official Santa was really good to us! Uncle Nak signing autographs and taking pictures in the clubhouse #ReturnoftheNak #TheBandIsBackTogether pic.twitter.com/xCHsW0t7Gd
— XVIth Warrior? (@TheXVIthWarrior) January 11, 2020
Seymour Try of the Round nod leads Warriors recognition
It was one of the quickest tries of the Glasgow Warriors season to date, and now Tommy Seymour’s score on Saturday finds itself in contention for the Heineken Champions Cup Try of the Round.
A host of team-mates were also recognised for their performances on Saturday, including Adam Hastings, Jonny Gray and Glenn Bryce.
State of Play
With the dust settling on another titanic weekend of European rugby, the task facing Glasgow Warriors in their pursuit of a quarter-final is clear.
Dave Rennie’s side go to Sale Sharks this weekend knowing that a bonus-point win is required to give them the best possible chance of qualifying for the last eight, a feat that would make it consecutive appearances in the knock-out stages.
With just one round of matches left in the @ChampionsCup pool stages here are the remaining routes to a quarter-final for @GlasgowWarriors if they can manage a win away to Sale next weekend. #WeAreWarriors https://t.co/O4Q9vtr6xj
— Kevin Millar (@topofthemoonGW) January 12, 2020