Biarritz snatch late Glasgow victory

Glasgow lost out on a Heineken Cup double over Biarritz after conceding two late tries. Glasgow led for 75 minutes and then it all fell apart and they let in two tries which gave Biarritz the victory.


A memorable point in the match came when John Barclay held off the challenge of the American speedster Takudzwa Ngwenya who beat Bryan Habana to score a try. It was Glasgow’s only try but it gave them the lead at 11-0.


By half time Biarritz had only managed to catch up three points to take the score to 3-11.


Glasgow’s only points in the second half came from a drop goal by Parks. Then late in the match disaster struck for Glasgow as replacement Vahafolau scored two tries and snatched victory.


After the match Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen told the BBC,  “I’m exceptionally proud of a bunch of guys who gave everything. They can hold their heads up very high after what was an outstanding defensive display.


“We put up one hell of a fight and we’re not dead in this group yet.”


Final Score Biarritz 21 Glasgow 14


Scorers


Biarritz (3) 21
Tries: Vahafolau 2
Cons: Traille
Pens: Traille 3


Glasgow (11) 14
Try: Barclay
Drop-goal: Parks
Pens: Parks 2
Sin Bin: Va’a (76).


Teams


Biarritz: Brusque, Ngwenya, Bidabe, Traille, Thiery, Peyrelongue, Cibray, Coetzee, Noirot, Avril, Thion, Dellape, Betsen, Harinordoquy, Cronje.


Replacements: Fa’afili for Bidabe (68), Willemse for Thiery (41), Bosch for Cibray (77), Balan for Coetzee (41), August for Noirot (41), Hall for Dellape (79), Vahafolau for Betsen (49).


Glasgow: Stortoni, Faatau, Henderson, Gibson, O’Hare, Parks, Pinder, Va’a, Thomson, Low, Newman, Turner, Brown, Barclay, Beattie.


Replacements: Morrison for Gibson (75), O’Young for Pinder (41), Kalman for Va’a (41), Palepoi for Newman (70), Eddie for Brown (75). Not Used: Milligan, Barrow.


Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)


Att: 6,000

 

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