Winning Warriors Beat Bourgoin

Glasgow Warriors bagged a much needed win at Firhill today as they beat French side Bourgoin 50-35 in the Heineken Cup._The scoreline was highest ever Glasgow win in the Heineken Cup, beating the previous 47-32 result against Cardiff in season 2001/02.The Warriors scored seven tries through Mike Roberts (2), Rory Lamont, Kevin Tkachuk, Graeme Morrison, Dan Turner and Andy Craig with Man of the Match Colin Gregor slotting six conversions and one penalty.Bourgoin looked vibrant at the start of the game with no fear putting the ball out wide to their fullback and wings but Glasgow wouldna?'t let their early aggression phase them and hauled any breakaways down in the tackle, even if at times it was a little too close to the Warriors try line for the supportersa?" comfort.With both sides struggling to settle into the game, the French were the first to put points on the board with a try from Anthony Forest as he punched his way through the centre of the Glasgow line (Boyet converted)._However, only minutes later, Glasgow responded through an impressive run from Mike Roberts._A quick tap kick from captain Jon Petrie and some quick hands from centre Andy Henderson set off Roberts who barged his way through three opposition defenders to touch down over the try line (Colin Gregor converted).In such a fast paced, high scoring game, it was of course not long before further points were added to the board._This time Glasgow flanker Steve Swindall, who had an impressive game all round, particularly in his bruising attacking play, broke away and set off racing down the pitch with the follow up ball ending up in the hands of, on the opposite wing from his previous try, Mike Roberts, who ran in unopposed._Again, Gregor converted.With the game being played as such a high intensity, silly mistakes crept in a?" unintentional offsides, knocking the ball out of each others hands and some missed passes a?" such was the Warriors desire for a much needed win._These mistakes resulted in penalties for the opposition, which standoff Boyet duly slotted but when the shoe as on the other foot, there was no glory seeking for Glasgow as they opted fro the posts rather than touch.The visitors were next on the scoresheet as Pascal Pape crossed the try line following some harsh words to both captains from referee Tim Hayes as tempers flared and a number of scraps broke out between the sides._Boyeta?'s conversion took the French 14-20 into the lead but there wasna?'t much rest for the scoreboard operator as, following a scintillating break from hooker Fergus Thomson, Glasgow won a penalty and kicked for the corner._That move didna?'t quite work out but the next penalty also went their way and this time, they opted for the posts. From a full 45 metres out, Colin Gregor sent the ball between the posts to narrow the gap to 17-20.With just moments to go before the close of the first half, Warriors fullback Rory Lamont barged through the Bourgoin defence, bouncing off them as he spun and twisted out of their tackle attempts._He shipped the ball out wide through the hands of his team-mates, ending up with double try scorer Mike Roberts to head up the wing before making the final pass to centre Andy Craig for the try._However just before the whistle was blown for half time, Glasgowa?'s newly found 22-20 lead was lost to a penalty._They also lost centre Andy Henderson to the sin bin as they went into the break 22-23 down.A fast paced, high scoring, harem-scarem second half opened with the Bourgoin forwards piling over the Glasgow try line, openside flanker Wessell Jooste gaining the plaudits and sub Peclier kicking the conversion.Worrying moments followed for the Firhill crowd as captain Jon Petrie went down injured and seemed to be in a fair amount of pain as medics rushed to his aid._It was relief all-round though as the No.8 got to his feet a?" a high tackle having hit him in the neck and winded him a?" and moments later, he was back in the thick of things.Bourgoin took it upon themselves to set up camp on the Glasgow try line but their forward barraging found no way through and it was only when the ball was shipped out across the field that they ended up with a man over and Forest crossed the line for his second try of the game._As with the first half though, it only took a few minutes for the Warriors to respond as, with a yellow card awarded to Bourgoin captain Julien Bonnaire, Dan Turner galloped for the line and notched up another five points for Glasgow (Gregor converted).From then on, with a flurry of subs from both sides, Glasgow began to pull away and grew in confidence with very score, much to the crowda?'s delight: a try for Kevin Tkachuk, one for Rory Lamont (pictured) following a lovely long miss-pass from Scott Barrow, and one for Graeme Morrison who had an outstanding performance when he came onto the pitch as a substitute for fellow centre Andy Craig.Another yellow card for Bourgoin, this time for lock Pascal Pape, gave John Barclay the opportunity to finish off a Glasgow move and cross the try line but the ref judged the final pass to have been forward and Barclay was denied the score. But by that time, the Warriors had already pulled 15 points ahead and although never at any point did Bourgoin give up, thata?'s how the scoreline ended: 50-35 to Glasgow Warriors.Head coach Hugh Campbell said: a??Ia?"m very pleased with the way the team performed today._They showed great sense of character to come back into the game, especially after the sin-binning, and they played some great rugby._Looking ahead to the Ospreys game I think it bodes well for the team to have a good performance and some top class rugby under their belt as they head back into the Celtic League.a??Glasgow Warriors bagged a much needed win at Firhill today as they beat French side Bourgoin 50-35 in the Heineken Cup._The scoreline was highest ever Glasgow win in the Heineken Cup, beating the previous 47-32 result against Cardiff in season 2001/02.The Warriors scored seven tries through Mike Roberts (2), Rory Lamont, Kevin Tkachuk, Graeme Morrison, Dan Turner and Andy Craig with Man of the Match Colin Gregor slotting six conversions and one penalty.Bourgoin looked vibrant at the start of the game with no fear putting the ball out wide to their fullback and wings but Glasgow wouldna?'t let their early aggression phase them and hauled any breakaways down in the tackle, even if at times it was a little too close to the Warriors try line for the supportersa?" comfort.With both sides struggling to settle into the game, the French were the first to put points on the board with a try from Anthony Forest as he punched his way through the centre of the Glasgow line (Boyet converted)._However, only minutes later, Glasgow responded through an impressive run from Mike Roberts._A quick tap kick from captain Jon Petrie and some quick hands from centre Andy Henderson set off Roberts who barged his way through three opposition defenders to touch down over the try line (Colin Gregor converted).In such a fast paced, high scoring game, it was of course not long before further points were added to the board._This time Glasgow flanker Steve Swindall, who had an impressive game all round, particularly in his bruising attacking play, broke away and set off racing down the pitch with the follow up ball ending up in the hands of, on the opposite wing from his previous try, Mike Roberts, who ran in unopposed._Again, Gregor converted.With the game being played as such a high intensity, silly mistakes crept in a?" unintentional offsides, knocking the ball out of each others hands and some missed passes a?" such was the Warriors desire for a much needed win._These mistakes resulted in penalties for the opposition, which standoff Boyet duly slotted but when the shoe as on the other foot, there was no glory seeking for Glasgow as they opted fro the posts rather than touch.The visitors were next on the scoresheet as Pascal Pape crossed the try line following some harsh words to both captains from referee Tim Hayes as tempers flared and a number of scraps broke out between the sides._Boyeta?'s conversion took the French 14-20 into the lead but there wasna?'t much rest for the scoreboard operator as, following a scintillating break from hooker Fergus Thomson, Glasgow won a penalty and kicked for the corner._That move didna?'t quite work out but the next penalty also went their way and this time, they opted for the posts. From a full 45 metres out, Colin Gregor sent the ball between the posts to narrow the gap to 17-20.With just moments to go before the close of the first half, Warriors fullback Rory Lamont barged through the Bourgoin defence, bouncing off them as he spun and twisted out of their tackle attempts._He shipped the ball out wide through the hands of his team-mates, ending up with double try scorer Mike Roberts to head up the wing before making the final pass to centre Andy Craig for the try._However just before the whistle was blown for half time, Glasgowa?'s newly found 22-20 lead was lost to a penalty._They also lost centre Andy Henderson to the sin bin as they went into the break 22-23 down.A fast paced, high scoring, harem-scarem second half opened with the Bourgoin forwards piling over the Glasgow try line, openside flanker Wessell Jooste gaining the plaudits and sub Peclier kicking the conversion.Worrying moments followed for the Firhill crowd as captain Jon Petrie went down injured and seemed to be in a fair amount of pain as medics rushed to his aid._It was relief all-round though as the No.8 got to his feet a?" a high tackle having hit him in the neck and winded him a?" and moments later, he was back in the thick of things.Bourgoin took it upon themselves to set up camp on the Glasgow try line but their forward barraging found no way through and it was only when the ball was shipped out across the field that they ended up with a man over and Forest crossed the line for his second try of the game._As with the first half though, it only took a few minutes for the Warriors to respond as, with a yellow card awarded to Bourgoin captain Julien Bonnaire, Dan Turner galloped for the line and notched up another five points for Glasgow (Gregor converted).From then on, with a flurry of subs from both sides, Glasgow began to pull away and grew in confidence with very score, much to the crowda?'s delight: a try for Kevin Tkachuk, one for Rory Lamont (pictured) following a lovely long miss-pass from Scott Barrow, and one for Graeme Morrison who had an outstanding performance when he came onto the pitch as a substitute for fellow centre Andy Craig.Another yellow card for Bourgoin, this time for lock Pascal Pape, gave John Barclay the opportunity to finish off a Glasgow move and cross the try line but the ref judged the final pass to have been forward and Barclay was denied the score. But by that time, the Warriors had already pulled 15 points ahead and although never at any point did Bourgoin give up, thata?'s how the scoreline ended: 50-35 to Glasgow Warriors.Head coach Hugh Campbell said: a??Ia?"m very pleased with the way the team performed today._They showed great sense of character to come back into the game, especially after the sin-binning, and they played some great rugby._Looking ahead to the Ospreys game I think it bodes well for the team to have a good performance and some top class rugby under their belt as they head back into the Celtic League.a??