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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Famous win for Glasgow, upsetting Toulouse in France

Famous win for Glasgow, upsetting Toulouse in France

Glasgow Warriors achieved a famous victory in the Heineken Cup on the weekend as they took on French champions Toulouse in their own back yard. Winning 33-26, they shocked the home crowd and gained respect across the rugby world.

Having not been beaten at Stade Ernest Wallon in two years and 15 matches, and with a quarter final in their sights, Toulouse were the odds on favourites.

Glasgow were playing for nothing more than self-respect and the possibility of improving their seeding in future events. This was a true underdog story, and one that gives hope to those sides and players out there who lack the self belief to pull off the unimaginable.

They came out firing with a sense of pride and passion rarely seen by the side that has struggled to achieve in the past. The final score is somewhat deceiving, as the visitors had a comfortable points cushion throughout.

When Dan Parks kicked his first penalty, the crowd cheered, almost sympathetically. The reality of what was happening soon hit home though as the visitors scored two quick tries, and controlled the match right up until the last few minutes, when the French champions dramatically came back with a penalty try and a score from Vincent Clerc.

Fourteen points of the lead was wiped away in two attacks. For a moment it looked as though the games greatest comeback could outdo one of its greatest shocks. But it was not to be, as Toulouses only consolation was the late penalty that gave them a losing bonus point.

So it was victory for Glasgow, delighting coach Sean Lineen.

"It makes you very proud of what the team did, very humble.

"We've not been basking in the glow, but it's always good now and then to stop and have a little look at what you've done. When you do something special you've got to be allowed to enjoy it."


Time: 08:09

Posted at 9:44 am | 29 comments

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dr January 22, 2009 1:08 pm

Good win for Glasgow, showing the rugby world what they are perfectly capable of. Keep it up guys!! Nice to see both Scottish teams playing positive attacking rugby, lets hope it passes onto the Scotland team also, alot of potential ther! We do very well cosidering there are only 2 pro teams. Also, I hope scotland the selectors will not go with their usual "anti-glasgow bias" sometimes they will even play out of form edinburgh players over in form glasgow player. For no apparent reason, other than snobbery (it appears) Anyone who has played representative rugby in scotland at any level knows players from Glasgow are generally looked down upon. Don't try and deny it, it might not be as bad now but it still exists. GET THE SNOBS OUT OF SCOTTISH RUGBY!!!

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Kerivoula January 22, 2009 1:40 pm

Outstanding. It wasn't even as if it was a dead rubber - Toulouse has everything to lose - so congratulations Glasgow. Every neutral has gotta love this result.

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Anonymous January 22, 2009 1:41 pm

the second try was great !

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Anonymous January 22, 2009 1:57 pm

The first try is a joke?

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caucau's no.1 fan January 22, 2009 2:19 pm

clerc was essentially just shoved out the way for that first try, seems as if obstructions are given all the time for even the most minor things but an obvious push out the way doesnt count!

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Anonymous January 22, 2009 4:11 pm

im from wales, and i watched the game and glasgow were pretty impressive.Not sure about the first try though, it should have been one, but it doesn't look right.The rugby world needs more good refs :D

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Flooz January 22, 2009 4:29 pm

glasgow have shown great rugby and deserved to win, but i think their first try is a joke, clear push on clercToulouse seems to be already in 1/4 finals and they aren't..bath vs toulouse will be an enormous clash

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Anonymous January 22, 2009 6:11 pm

Brilliant game by Glasgow.And this is coming from a Toulouse fan.

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Anonymous January 22, 2009 6:36 pm

The try where clerc tried to kick it away but messed it up is almost exactly like one that scotland conceded against france last year in the six nations. Brilliant scoreline i was in disbelief when i first saw it. Heymans prob shudve been carded for that sliding tackle football style. I remember seeing 4 or 5 of those happen in the south africa argentina game RWC 07

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Dalma January 22, 2009 8:28 pm

Try absolutly not right, the Scot player keeps pushing Clerc for various seconds while he doesn't have the ball.

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Bill January 22, 2009 8:56 pm

"Try absolutly not right, the Scot player keeps pushing Clerc for various seconds while he doesn't have the ball."Looked to me like it was Clerc pulling, not the Scot pushing. After the first shove, anyway.

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Sea-Bass January 22, 2009 9:11 pm

"Looked to me like it was Clerc pulling, not the Scot pushing. After the first shove, anyway."Does it really matter? If Clerc really wanted the ball he could have dived on it or braced himself. He let himself get pushed away and considering this is a contact sport, I see nothing wrong with it. Its not like the bloke from Glasgow did anything more severe than a simple shove.Bad play by Clerc, should have been more greedy for the ball.Oh and my jaw dropped when I saw the results. I knew Glasgow were in a better shape than in years, but beating the vice-champion of Europe? I would have betted against it.

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Anonymous January 22, 2009 10:58 pm

as disapointed as i was with Toulouse and how pissed off i was, i have to say glasgow were superb and the brothers whoes name i just forgot were fantastic

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JonnyR January 22, 2009 11:48 pm

The winger and Brothers names you've forgotten are Thom & Max Evans - very very speedy. Both of them actually, but Thom is the quickest wing in Britain at the moment. Not a one trick pony like Varndell or Monye either. Lookout for him this 6N.

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Senlac January 22, 2009 11:58 pm

Haha! It never fails to amaze me how some pathetic Englanders can still only be content with picking non-existent faults in fantastic Scottish displays!Glasgow were immense! What the highlights here (which are otherwise excellent, well done and thanks very much RD :D) are all the other chances Glasgow had aswell. Notably a fantastic move in the first half, once again created by the Evans brothers, which was only brought to an end by an unpenalised tackle on Piossek, and also a (unfortunately correctly) dissallowed score in the second half for a forward pass.Glasgow didn't just beat Toulouse, they quite frankly mauled them and only the the Ref gave them any respectability at all (i've nothing against the french but when we have a result like this we have to plug it as much as poss :P).I find it weird that Wayne Barnes saw it fit to award a PT after 2 collapsed scrums against Glasgow, when about 10 minutes of collapsed All Blacks scrums went completely unpunished against Scotland during the Autumn!And i'm sorry, but if you think Glasgow's first try was illegal then Clerc's had to be crossing, but i'm not complaining.So well done Glasgow and all the pathetic Englanders out there should take a look at your own teams game at the minute!

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Anonymous January 23, 2009 1:25 am

fantastic. i just hope this spells out good things for scotland in the end! parks miss and the dip in the end where shades of what we know with scottish rugby. but over all great stuff

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elliot January 23, 2009 1:56 am

Senlac, there was obvious unbinding going on for that PT there at the end, and with the collapse imminent, it made sense to give it to Toulouse (though I'm sure there was some level consideration for how the crowd was viewing the play when he called it)Anyways, I'm interested in how the Clerc try there wasn't crossing/obstruction. It's one thing if you're running a loop or something to confuse the defense, but he ran right in front of two Glasgow tacklers...Whatever, it didn't really matter. Good on the Scottish team here - nice to see them win a few.On a side note...it's like polar opposites listening to the French crowd here and the fans at Munster or Ireland matches where for kicks, it's quiet enough to hear a mouse fart. With that kind of attitude on their part, it's easy to see why someone would want to rub a win in their faces.

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popeye January 23, 2009 6:01 am

Law 10 - Foul Play:10.1 OBSTRUCTION (a) Charging or pushing. When a player and an opponent are running for the ball, either player must not charge or push the other except shoulder-to-shoulder. Penalty: Penalty Kick -Glasgow should not have gotten the first try(b) Running in front of a ball carrier. A player must not intentionally move or stand in front of a team mate carrying the ball thereby preventing opponents from tackling the current ball carrier or the opportunity to tackle potential ball carriers when they gain possession. Penalty: Penalty Kick (c) Blocking the tackler. A player must not intentionally move or stand in a position that prevents an opponent from tackling a ball carrier. Penalty: Penalty Kick -Clerc should not have gotten his tryBut then again, what do I know? I'm not a referee. I'm just a person that likes to complain.

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Anonymous January 23, 2009 8:08 am

i'm sure on the orginal commentary you hear John Barclay say to Ellisade when they a walking off having been yellow carded - "learn the rules, you dick..." - anybody else hear that?

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thedannyclayton January 23, 2009 10:18 am

I read on the guardian that Glasgow were 100-1 and I forgot to put a tenner on the result!Dick head!

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dr January 23, 2009 10:54 am

I like to complain also :)and i noticed that several people liked to refer to the glasgow individuals a "scots" players instead of therir names of even "glasgow" players.Are you Xenophobic or just ignorant? Surely u wouldn't like ur precious Toulouse players refered to as the "french" players, its just inaccurate!

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Anonymous January 23, 2009 12:37 pm

tried to post this yesterday, but it wouldn't work...it's quite frustrating, glasgow should really have beaten Toulouse at home, and Bath home and away, so should be sitting top of the pool!need some consistency next season and who knows what could happen!

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Anonymous January 23, 2009 3:55 pm

First try.......????......what did Barnes see. Clerc was pushed and when the ball bounced the Glasgow player obstructed the Toulouse player

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Dalma January 23, 2009 7:14 pm

"Are you Xenophobic or just ignorant? Surely u wouldn't like ur precious Toulouse players refered to as the "french" players, its just inaccurate!"Honestly, I don't care at all about Toulouse players refered as "french"... Great game for Glasgow, anyway.

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Anonymous January 25, 2009 1:03 pm

was van sant claires try not crossing?

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Anonymous January 29, 2009 12:36 pm

Jeeze mate, van sant claire???Are you sure it's not vince anklair? or vansancl hair?

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Anonymous February 02, 2009 8:04 pm

Your man Max Evans relies too much on kicking, either for himself or Tom.

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