Challenge Cup: Discipline cost the Glasgow Warriors the game says coach Danny Wilson

Dylan Coetzee

Glasgow Warriors coach Danny Wilson believes that a lack of discipline cost his side as they lost to Lyon in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

Wilson’s men looked in a prime position to win the game, holding a 14 point lead at one point during the game. However, lack of discipline let Lyon back into the game, who ran out 35-27 winners.

Lack of discipline

The 45-year-old was upset with how his side managed the game and noted Jamie Bhatti’s yellow card to be costly.

“I think the yellow card to Jamie Bhatti was a turning point, we struggled with a few kick-offs, and a few exits,” said Wilson.

“That led to us playing in the wrong positions on the field, and the yellow card hurt us.

“A few tries came during that period. I think they changed their tactics by attacking us aerially. They kicked bomb after bomb after bomb and didn’t play any rugby because I think we defended pretty well against them on the whole.

“Off the back of those kicks, whether it was the counter rugby or the loose ball, they managed to play into some good field position.

“We didn’t find any good field position in the last 20 minutes, so it was a tough end to that game, but I think commitment, effort, and heart for Glasgow Warriors was in abundance.

“We are disappointed having been in a good lead that we’ve ended up losing that game.”

Despite the loss, Wilson was able to see some positives in the game, and the team now shifts their attention to the final stages of the United Rugby Championship.

“We scored a couple of good tries, and our turnover attack was good,” said Wilson.

“When we forced some turnovers, we kept the ball alive and played some good rugby. At times they looked out on their feet a little bit when we could get that speed into the game.

“I want to say how proud I am of the players, and their efforts. If you think of the number of away games we’ve had to play and injuries we’ve had over the last few weeks, we gave ourselves a really good opportunity to win that game.”

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