Glasgow rout Leicester to make history

Date published: January 21 2017

Glasgow Warriors blew Leicester Tigers away with a 43-0 victory at Welford Road to book their first ever European quarter-final on Saturday.

First-half tries from Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett, Jonny Gray and a penalty try put Glasgow 31-0 up at the break. Ryan Wilson and Tim Swinson added another two as Warriors eased to a 43-0 win.

Following their heavy defeat at Racing 92 last weekend, Leicester were hoping to recover against Glasgow.

After 40 minutes, it was clear that wouldn’t be happening. Seymour went over after just seven minutes at Welford Road, going through after the visitors had worked their way through the phases. Finn Russell converted and he had plenty more opportunities to do so over the evening.

His tally went to five after the first penalty of the evening, but missed an effort as Warriors took control.

Leicester offered little going forward and defensively found themselves unable to hold back Glasgow. The second try came after the referee was left with little option but to award a penalty try. Having peppered the line, the maul was eventually dragged down and there was little other option but to award the five points, with Russell adding two more.

Glasgow weren’t slowing down and got a third after a passage of offloads eventually fell into the arms of Bennett who went over in the corner. Russell again made no mistake and before the break, the bonus point was sealed.

Skipper Gray got number four after powering his way through bodies to ground. Russell was on hand to make it a 31-0 lead at half-time, with no way back for Tigers.

The hosts did improve slightly in the second-half but it was all too late and ultimately, they failed to even get themselves onto the scoreboard.

Wilson got the fourth early in the half, having collected possession originally and finishing off the move at the other end.

Number six followed not long after as Tigers horror week continued. Swinson was the next man on the scoresheet as the Warriors night of tries continued.

The visitors could have got more points but by the end of the evening, a 43-0 win and first ever Champions Cup quarter-finals place was a good night’s work.

The scorers:

For Glasgow:
Seymour, Penalty Try, Bennett, Gray, Wilson, Swinson
Cons: Russell 5
Pen: Russell

Leicester Tigers: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Peter Betham, 12 Jack Roberts, 11 Tom Brady, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Luke Hamilton, 7 Lachlan McCaffrey, 6 Mike Williams, 5 Mike Fitzgerald, 4 Ed Slater, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs (c), 1 Greg Bateman
Replacements: 16 Harry Thacker, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Dom Barrow, 20 Will Evans, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Owen Williams, 23 Matt Smith

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Lee Jones, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Ryan Wilson, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray (c), 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Alex Allan, 18 D’arcy Rae, 19 Brian Alainu’uese, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Nick Grigg, 23 Peter Murchie

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant Referees: Thomas Charabas (France), Thomas Déjean (France)
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (France)