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Thank you to all our supports here in France, and back at home tonight.
That’s seven wins from seven and Challenge Cup knock out rugby secured for now.
Next up: Bath @ Scotstoun Stadium, Fri 20 Jan, 8pm
Player of the Match: Johnny Matthews (hooker)
FT: Perpignan 24-40 Glasgow Warriors
A bonus point win from Glasgow Warriors sees them qualify for the EPCR Challenge Cup last 16, with one round of group matches to go.
A ten try thriller with six going in Glasgow’s favour.
The visitors battle
Perpignan batter Glasgow’s lines in these dying minutes of the game. They’ve held all the possession, but Glasgow’s defence has held fast so far.
The clock crosses the 80.
From short range off of the scrum Pesolo Tuilagi powers over the whitewash and earns the consolation try for the hosts.
A double movement is questioned, but a visit to the TMO clears up the query and Perpignan add to their tally. 24-40.
The referee asks captain Stafford McDowall to tidy up defence so there isn’t another yellow card given.
Perpignan press deeper and deeper into Glasgow’s half through a series of errors.
They have a fighting spirit to get a consolation here.
Last 10 minutes
The clock ticks into the final ten minutes and the majority of pressure is coming from Perpignan. They’ve been camped deep in Glasgow’s half for the past few minutes and are winning the penalties too.
Cole Forbes is sent to the sin bin for a high tackle and no wrapping. arms.
Thomas Gordon chip
Glasgow get another break through flanker Thomas Gordon, who tries and chip and chase. With Ollie Smith in support they can’t quite reach the bounce, and the last defender gathers and clears.
From a break from Jack Dempsey in the middle of the park, Glasgow get their sixth score through full back Josh McKay.
Some lovely offloads and passes, notably Sam Johnson long floating pass over two defnders, in the build up there.
Matthews delivers the lineout, then takes the ball at the back of the maul. Perpignan are penalised here.
The maul makes five metres, then a quick ball from Dobie to Johnson, to McKay and finally to Ollie Smith who sprints in over the line in the corner for Glasgow’s fifth try.
On halfway Glasgow win a penalty, with Perpignan not releasing.
Possession moving back and forward with both teams forcing errors from their opposition.
Weir lands the visitors just inside Perpignan’s 22 with the kick and another opportunity here for the Warriors to attack the homes side’s line.
Josh Mckay takes the Warriors 30 metres with a direct run into a sea of yellow shirts. Bean then carries, but the next move sees Tuilagi steal and clear the ball back into Glasgow’s half.
Matteo Rodor takes a pass from Posolo Tuilagi then batters his way over the line. That’s the first try of the half. Rodor also converts and cuts the deficit between the two teams.
The hosts win a lineout on Glasgow’s five metre line, but a rushed line out sees them lose possession again and hand Glasgow a penalty.
It’s a simple clearance for Duncan Weir to clear the Warriors’ lines and move into the middle of the park.
Thomas Gordon with a dangerous tackle is sent to the sin bin for ten minutes.
Nathan McBeth gets penalised clearing the ruck off his feet and Perpignan can kick the pressure away.
The opening moments of the second period are dominated by the visitors. Glasgow move through lots of phases with both forwards and backs taking carries off the side of the rucks.
They slowly gain territory in Perpignan’s half, but no gaps have been unpicked yet.
Lucio Sordoni takes the ball from Perpignan’s long lineout and sends Johnny Matthews on a winding run.
It’s then time for the backs to link up with a lovely pass from Duncan Weir to Jamie Dobie, who’s moved from scrum-half to the wing. Dobie then chips and chases, but the cover is good and Perpignan touchdown for a drop out to clear the pressure once again.
Duncan Weir gets us underway once more!
Weir goes for a speculative cross-kick to McKay, but it’s too long and goes into touch.
Still, a solid first half for your Warriors, with the bonus-point in the bag thanks to tries from Sam Johnson, Richie Gray, Stafford McDowall and Johnny Matthews.
Second half coming up!
Matthews finds du Preez this time, before Dobie whips it away from the tail of the maul.
Dempsey is the ever-willing carrier, and Glasgow ending the half on the front foot.
Too much power from the Glasgow pack, and the penalty is awarded.
Weir will go for touch, but after Sordoni receives some attention from the medics.
Perpignan can’t hold onto the ball at the lineout, and the scrum is Glasgow’s.
What a play by Dobie!
Sawailau collects the grubber kick and is on course for the line, but Forbes says no once more.
Dobie is there like a flash, over the ball and winning the turnover.
The ball is booted to touch on the Glasgow 22.
Advantage in hand, Rodor chips and chases well and Perpignan get on the front foot.
Glasgow scramble well, though, with McDowall and Dempsey leading the line.
Dobie finds touch with the box-kick, giving Perpignan a lineout on the Glasgow 10m line.
The ever-reliable boot of Weir adds the extra two, giving Glasgow a 28-12 advantage.
Oh he is going to relive that for years!
Johnny Matthews, take a bow – an overthrow from the hosts finds the hooker at the tail, who produces a “sidestep” that wrongfoots half of Perpignan.
He then bounces off the full-back for good measure, diving over for the bonus-point score!
Free-kick to the Warriors and Dobie is off like a shot, finding Johnson in midfield.
McDowall then stabs a smart kick through, pinning the hosts in their own 22.
Sawailau looks to bounce off Forbes, but the Glasgow man says no.
Great work from Forbes, who then gets back up to support Dempsey in the tackle.
Dobie and Johnson combine to hold their man up, and Glasgow have the scrum on halfway.
Referee Evans deems the throw not straight, and Perpignan elect to scrum.
Excellent lineout defence!
Perpignan look to peel, but Euan Ferrie and Smith combine to drive their man into touch.
Glasgow waste no time and Dempsey charges clear, forcing Perpignan to concede the penalty.
Weir finds touch brilliantly on the Perpignan 10m line.
Playing with advantage, the home pack carries into contact before Rodor goes wide.
McDowall chops down his man and forces the error, so play is brought back for the earlier penalty.
Dempsey almost frees Smith, but referee Evans penalises Glasgow for a side entry.
Rodor goes to touch inside the Glasgow 22.
Simple conversion for Weir, and Glasgow have some breathing space.
It’s the skipper!
The maul is stopped short, but relentless carrying from Neild and Lucio Sordoni hammers away at the defence.
Dobie’s pass is then fizzed across the line to find McDowall, who steps the defender and dives over.
Matthews finds Gray and here’s the drive…
Great hands from Weir, as he feeds the onrushing Forbes moments before taking the hit.
Perpignan are penalised for taking out Dobie, and Weir picks himself up and sticks the kick into the corner.
Great footwork from Smith as he beats two defenders and takes play up to halfway, before Dobie hoists the kick high.
Seguela knocks on, and Glasgow have the scrum 35m from the Perpignan line.
Good carry from Cameron Neild in midfield, before Dempsey has a barge in the wide channels.
The hosts clean up a high ball, but Jack Dempsey mullers his man and forces the return kick.
No stopping him from there!
The ball is swung wide to Ollie Smith, who fends one tackler and races for the line.
He’s brought down a metre short, but Dobie finds big Richie Gray in support and the big man crashes over!
Weir adds the extras and Glasgow lead once more.
Good offload from McDowall to Matthews and the hooker shrugs off two tacklers.
Freshly back onto the field, Smith is straight into the thick of things, returning the kick well.
Forbes does well in the next phase, before Johnson breaks up the wing.
It was close, but the benefit of the doubt goes to the attacker as Seguela is adjudged to have got there just before McKay.
Rodor adds the conversion and the hosts lead 12-7.
Perpignan think they’re over for their second try of the night, as Seguela thinks he’s beaten McKay to the bouncing ball.
The officials will review.
Domingo Miotti has picked up an injury, so on comes Duncan Weir at fly-half.
Glasgow waste no time in taking the lineout, and Miotti sends McKay into space.
Perpignan turn it over and kick long, but Stafford McDowall is there to tidy up and clear.
Dobie and Miotti spot the space and look to run from the 22, but Perpignan shut it down well.
The home side are penalised for not releasing in the tackle, though, and Miotti hammers play up to halfway.
No mistake from Miotti with the conversion, and Glasgow hit the front.
Just how it was drawn up!
Johnny Matthews finds Richie Gray at the tail, and the Warriors spring into life.
Cole Forbes comes charging through on a short line, before giving the simple ball to Sam Johnson for the try on his return.
Perpignan scramble clear, but Josh McKay runs the ball back up to the 22 once more.
The home side don’t roll away at the ruck, and referee Craig Evans awards the penalty.
Miotti will take play into the corner.
Back come the Warriors straight from the restart, as Jamie Dobie and Domingo Miotti get the play moving inside the 22.
Perpignan get the first try of the night – sustained pressure sees the home side go over in the corner.
The conversion drifts wide, leaving the score at 5-0.
Sin Bin – Ollie Smith
Ollie Smith is sent to the bin for a high tackle taking Glasgow down to 14 men
Play brought back to a scrum at halfway following a ball off the back from Glasgow
It’s Perpignan who starts tonight’s clash!
Both teams are taking to the field with just moments to go until kick-off!
Warrior Nation support!
Huge thanks to the Warrior Nation who have travelled to Perpignan for tonight’s game. We love having you supporting us in the stadium!
15 minutes to go, lets look at the line up
Stafford McDowall will captain the squad for the first time tonight and Euan Ferrie makes his first start for Glasgow
USA Perpignan Team
A reminder of tonight’s opposition and host team, USA Perpignan
30 minutes to go…
Half an hour to go, time to get sorted with some snacks, some drinks and get comfy ahead of the game
When you see it…
The countdown is on
Just under an hour to go until kick-off in Round 3 of the Challenge Cup.
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80:00 Second Half End
40:00 First Half End
Kick-off 8:00 pm
Lilian Pichon23. Replacement
Keanu Desrues Liano Izaguirre22. Replacement
Alexandre Perez21. Replacement
Antoine Bouthier20. Replacement
Posolo Tuilagi19. Replacement
Vakhtang Jincharadze18. Replacement
Giorgi Tetrashvili17. Replacement
Mike Tadjer16. Replacement
Valentin Moro8. Number 8
Ewan Bertheau7. Back-row
Taniela Ramasibana6. Back-row
Andrei Mahu5. Second-row
Bastien Chinarro4. Second-row
Akato Fakatika3. Tighthead prop
Victor Montgaillard2. Hooker
Xavier Chiocci1. Loosehead prop
Tom Ecochard9. Scrum-half
Matteo Rodor10. Stand-off
Edward Sawailau11. Wing
Patricio Fernandez12. Inside-centre
Afusipa Taumoepeau13. Outside-centre
Nino Seguela14. Wing
Boris Goutard15. Full-back
Duncan Weir23. Replacement
Sean Kennedy22. Replacement
Tom Gordon21. Replacement
Alex Samuel20. Replacement
Lewis Bean19. Replacement
Simon Berghan18. Replacement
Jamie Bhatti17. Replacement
Angus Fraser16. Replacement
Jack Dempsey8. Number 8
Cameron Neild7. Back-row
Euan Ferrie6. Back-row
Richie Gray5. Second-row
JP du Preez4. Second-row
Lucio Sordoni3. Tighthead prop
Johnny Matthews2. Hooker
Nathan McBeth1. Loosehead prop
Jamie Dobie9. Scrum-half
Domingo Miotti10. Stand-off
Ollie Smith11. Wing
Sam Johnson12. Inside-centre
Stafford McDowall13. Outside-centre
Cole Forbes14. Wing
Josh McKay15. Full-back