Glasgow pull off upset over Racing 92

Date published: December 10 2016

Glasgow Warriors pulled off an impressive 23-14 victory away in France over reigning Top 14 champions Racing 92.

Despite Juan Imhoff giving Racing an early 7-0 lead, Gregor Townsend’’s men were excellent in the first half and went into the break 13-7 in front via Alex Dunbar’’s try and two Finn Russell penalties.

Ali Price extended their buffer from close-range before Russell’’s effort off the tee effectively secured the victory for the Scottish outfit.

Racing did go over late on when Dan Carter touched down but it was a humbling afternoon for last season’s defeated finalists, who went down to a second successive reversal in the Champions Cup.

Having lost to Leicester Tigers in October’’s encounter, the Parisians needed a response and they started brightly.

Racing took the ball through the phases, which sent the Glasgow defence into reverse gear, and Imhoff found some space on the right-hand side to go over.

To their credit, the visitors responded magnificently. They moved the play impressively and put the French outfit’’s defence under pressure, resulting in successive penalties which Russell converted.

The Warriors were consistently making incursions into opposition territory and they were rewarded when Dunbar scampered across the whitewash.

Their fly-half converted as the Scottish side went into the interval six points in front. With Racing struggling to maintain possession in the face of some fierce Glasgow defence, the second period continued with the visitors on the front foot.

It was therefore no surprise to see Townsend’’s team extend their buffer when a number of phases in the 22 ended in Price dotting the ball down at the base of the left post.

Russell’’s penalty then made it 23-7 and, although Carter sped over with eight minutes remaining, the Warriors held on to deny the hosts the losing bonus-point.

The scorers:

For Racing:
Tries: Imhoff, Carter
Cons: Carter 2

For Munster:
Tries: Dunbar, Price
Cons: Russell 2
Pens: Russell 3

Racing 92: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Anthony Tuitavke, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Yannick Nyanga, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Cedate Gomes Sa, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Eddy Ben Arous
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Luc Ducalcon, 19 Gerbrandt Grobler, 20 Chris Masoe, 21 Xavier Chauveau, 22 Benjamin Dambielle, 23 Albert Vulivuli

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Samuel Johnson, 11 Lee Jones, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Robert Harley, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Brian Alainu’uese, 20 Josh Strauss, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Mark Bennett, 23 Sean Lamont

Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant Referees: John Meredith (England), Wayne Falla (England)
TMO: Trevor Fisher (England)