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Bath Rugby open European campaign with defeat to Glasgow

Glasgow Warriors 37 v Bath Rugby 10

Bath Rugby suffered a 37-10 defeat at the hands of Guinness Pro12 high-flyers Glasgow Warriors in the opening round of the European Rugby Champions Cup this afternoon.

The free-flowing nature of both teams was evident from the off-set, and although a penalty from George Ford after three minutes gave the visitors an early lead, it was Glasgow who crossed the try-line first.

A break down the left wing from Tommy Seymour gave the Warriors a strong position from which to attack. They drew the defence in tight before spinning the ball to Mark Bennett who was in support in the midfield. The centre jinked his way through and touched down between the posts. Duncan Weir added the conversion. 7-3.

But the Glasgow lead was short-lived. A strong lineout from Bath saw Ford send the ball high into the air to test the back three. Stuart Hogg failed to gather the ball, and the on-coming Jonathan Joseph was on hand to hack ahead and score. Ford added the extras. 10-3.

With just under a quarter of the game played pressure from Glasgow led to two quick penalties against the visitors. Weir sent both through the posts, swinging the scoreboard back into the Warriors' favour.

The home side capitalised on the shift in momentum. A well taken high ball saw play shifted quickly out wide by Glasgow, spreading the Bath defence and allowing the international duo of Sean Maitland and Stuart Hogg to combine. Hogg drew the last man in defence and offloaded to Maitland who powered over the line. 18-10.

A free-kick awarded at the scrum in Bath's 22 and some quick-thinking from Henry Pyrgos led to the next score for the home side. The scrum-half tapped and went, sniping away from the base of the scrum. His pass found the ever-dangerous Seymour who flew over in the corner, just managing to dot the ball down despite the powerful hit of Semesa Rokoduguni. Weir missed the conversion, but the try meant his side took a 13 point lead into the half-time break.

Half-time: Glasgow Warriors 23 – Bath Rugby 10.

The home side, roused by their vocal sell-out crowd, started the second-half in much the same fashion. They thought they'd scored in the corner through Chris Fusaro moments after the kick-off, only for the TMO to rule the score out for a knock-on.

The decision seemed to give Bath some go forward, and scything runs from both Ford and Anthony Watson took them deep into the Warriors' territory. The Scottish side proved they could defend as well as attack though and prevented Bath from finding their way over the whitewash.

With just over 10 minutes left of the game Bath had been keeping a stranglehold on the Glasgow attack. Fresh impetus for the home side came in the form of replacement Niko Matawalu however, who set-up and scored the bonus point try. A turnover on half-way led to the scrum-half grubbering ahead. Ford gave chase and did his best to get his foot to the bobbling ball, but it refused to sit-up for him, instead falling into the hands of Matawalu, who gathered and scored in the corner. Weir added the conversion. 30-10.

Despite the best efforts of the visitors it was not to be their day, and Glasgow sealed the game with a fifth try. Centre Bennett broke free in the middle of the field, Maitland chipped ahead and Bennett finished off the score for his second of the day. Weir was once more on target with the conversion. 37-10.

Bath kept fighting until the final whistle. Penalties were won at the breakdown and the scrum, but the Glasgow defence stood firm until the ball went loose and brought with it the end of the game.

Final score: Glasgow Warriors 37 – Bath Rugby 10.

Match details

Scotstoun Stadium
European Rugby Champions Cup
18 October 2014
KO 15:15

Attendance: 6,746
Referee: Jerome Garces
Half Time score: 23-10

Glasgow:
Tries: Bennett (10, 70), Maitland (28), Seymour (36), Matawalu (65)
Conversions: Weir (11, 67, 71)
Penalties: Weir (17, 23)
Bath:
Tries: Joseph (12)
Conversions: Ford (13)
Penalties: Ford (3)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Glasgow and Bath.

4'

Penalty Goal! Glasgow 0 - 3 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

11'

Try for Glasgow! Glasgow 5 - 3 Bath

Mark Bennett scores for Glasgow.

12'

Conversion! Glasgow 7 - 3 Bath

Duncan Weir with a conversion for Glasgow.

13'

Try for Bath! Glasgow 7 - 8 Bath

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

13'

Conversion! Glasgow 7 - 10 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

18'

Penalty Goal! Glasgow 10 - 10 Bath

Duncan Weir kicks a penalty goal for Glasgow.

24'

Penalty Goal! Glasgow 13 - 10 Bath

Duncan Weir kicks a penalty goal for Glasgow.

29'

Try for Glasgow! Glasgow 18 - 10 Bath

Sean Maitland scores for Glasgow.

37'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces Kyle Eastmond for Bath.

37'

Try for Glasgow! Glasgow 23 - 10 Bath

Tommy Seymour scores for Glasgow.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Glasgow 23 - 10 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

44'

Substitution

Horacio Agulla replaces Gavin Henson for Bath.

49'

Substitution

Rob Webber replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

49'

Substitution

Paul James replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

51'

Substitution

David Wilson replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Peter Stringer replaces Micky Young for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Charlie Ewels replaces David Sisi for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Tim Swinson replaces Leone Nakarawa for Glasgow.

56'

Substitution

Dougie Hall replaces Pat MacArthur for Glasgow.

59'

Substitution

Tyrone Holmes replaces Chris Fusaro for Glasgow.

62'

Substitution

Nikola Matawalu replaces Henry Pyrgos for Glasgow.

62'

Substitution

Tom Ellis replaces Guy Mercer for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Jerry Yanuyanutawa replaces Gordon Reid for Glasgow.

66'

Try for Glasgow! Glasgow 28 - 10 Bath

Nikola Matawalu scores for Glasgow.

68'

Conversion! Glasgow 30 - 10 Bath

Duncan Weir with a conversion for Glasgow.

69'

Substitution

Rossouw De Klerk replaces Euan Murray for Glasgow.

71'

Try for Glasgow! Glasgow 35 - 10 Bath

Mark Bennett scores for Glasgow.

72'

Conversion! Glasgow 37 - 10 Bath

Duncan Weir with a conversion for Glasgow.

72'

Substitution

Finn Russell replaces Stuart Hogg for Glasgow.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Glasgow.

Final score: Glasgow 37 - 10 Bath.

Glasgow Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Duncan Weir032012
Mark Bennett200010
Tommy Seymour10005
Sean Maitland10005
Nikola Matawalu10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford01105
Jonathan Joseph10005
Glasgow v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PGordon
Reid
1Nick
Auterac
P    
    HPat
MacArthur
2Ross
Batty
H    
    PEuan
Murray
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LLeone
Nakarawa
4Stuart
Hooper
L    
    LJonny
Gray
5Dave
Attwood
L    
    FLRob
Harley
6Dominic
Day
FL    
    FLChris
Fusaro
7Guy
Mercer
FL    
    8Adam
Ashe
8David
Sisi
8    
    SHHenry
Pyrgos
9Micky
Young
SH    
2 3 FHDuncan
Weir
10George
Ford
FH 1 1
   1WTommy
Seymour
11Anthony
Watson
W    
    CPeter
Horne
12Kyle
Eastmond
C    
   2CMark
Bennett
13Jonathan
Joseph
C1   
   1WSean
Maitland
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBStuart
Hogg
15Gavin
Henson
FB    
Replacements
    RHDougie
Hall
16Rob
Webber
RH    
    RPJerry
Yanuyanutawa
17Paul
James
RP    
    RPRossouw
De Klerk
18David
Wilson
RP    
    RLTim
Swinson
19Charlie
Ewels
R8    
    RFLTyrone
Holmes
20Tom
Ellis
RFL    
   1RSHNikola
Matawalu
21Peter
Stringer
RSH    
    RFBFinn
Russell
22Ollie
Devoto
RC    
    RDTH
Van Der Merwe
23Horacio
Agulla
RFB