Exeter and Glasgow in thrilling draw
MATCH REPORT: Exeter Chiefs secured a spot in the Champions Cup quarter-finals after a thrilling 31-31 draw with Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun.
Glasgow made a perfect start and scored a try in the opening minute. It was a great play by Tommy Seymour who chipped over the final Exeter defender and collected his kick to score in the corner.
Exeter hit back with a Joe Simmonds penalty kick before Glasgow got a second try, with play reaching Huw Jones and he cut the angle wonderfully and dived over the line to push the Scottish side out to a 14-3 lead.
Glasgow would try to go wide again as they went on the search for a third try but this time they were punished, with Nic White latching onto a poor pass and sprinted 50 metres for the try.
Matt Kvesic powered over shortly after and they grabbed another with Glasgow down to 14 men.
It started with a lovely run from Jack Nowell before the forwards made the hard yards, with Jacques Vermeulen dotting down.
In a thrilling opening 40, it was rounded off with a delightful dummy and step from Adam Hastings and he released George Horne for the try with the clock in the red, making it 24-24 at the interval.
The second half was quieter on try-scoring action but Exeter did go seven ahead after a tap from Jack Nowell and two phases later Matt Kvesic dummied and powered over the line for his second of the game.
However, Glasgow came roaring back with a driving maul that got over the Exeter try line, with Niko Matawalu under a pile of players from both teams.
The match would not be without late drama as Stuart Hogg attempted a wind-assisted penalty kick to win the game from fully 60 metres out but the kick hit the crossbar and came back out to the relief of the Scotstoun faithful, with the match ending all-square.
The Scottish side couldn’t clinch a win, but a share of the points gives them a glimmer of hope..
— Heineken Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) January 11, 2020
For Glasgow Warriors:
Tries: Seymour, Jones, Horne, Matawalu
Cons: Hastings 4
For Exeter Chiefs:
Tries: White, Kvesc 2, Vermeulen
Cons: Simmonds 4
Yellow cards: C Gibbons (Glasgow Warriors, 24), F Brown (Glasgow Warriors, 52)
Glasgow Warriors: 15 Glenn Bryce, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Kyle Steyn, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 George Horne, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Callum Gibbins (captain), 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Oli Kebble
Replacements: 16 George Turner, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Adam Nicol, 19 Rob Harley, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 Ali Price, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Niko Matawalu
Exeter Chiefs: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Ian Whitten, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Olly Woodburn, 10 Joe Simmonds (captain), 9 Nic White, 8 Matt Kvesic, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Sean Lonsdale, 4 Jannes Kirsten, 3 Enrique Pieretto, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Alec Hepburn
Replacements: 16 Elvis Taione, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Marcus Street, 19 Will Witty, 20 Don Armand, 21 Jack Maunder, 22 Gareth Steenson, 23 Sam Hill
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Vincent Blasco Baqué (France), Adrien Descottes (France)
TMO: Denis Grenouillet (France)