European Rugby Champions Cup: Lyon 22-42 Glasgow Warriors

Huw Jones scored Glasgow’s fifth try barely a minute after coming on as a replacementEuropean Rugby Champions Cup: Lyon v GlasgowLyon (10) 22Tries: Arnold, Nakaitaci, McLeod Cons: Pelissie, Doussain Pen: PelissieGlasgow (20) 42Tries: Ashe 2, G Horne, Hogg, H Jones Cons: Hastings 4 Pens: Hastings 3Glasgow bolstered their hopes of reaching the European Champions Cup knockout stages with an efficient bonus-point victory in Lyon.First-half scores from Adam Ashe and George Horne put Warriors 20-10 up, Toby Arnold replying for the hosts.Noa Nakaitaci and Charl McLeod also crossed but tries from Stuart Hogg, Huw Jones and Ashe took Warriors clear. Victory puts them a point ahead at the top of Pool Three with rivals Saracens hosting Cardiff Blues on Sunday.Glasgow will return home in good heart for next Saturday’s return fixture with Lyon.Another victory there would leave them well placed in the group heading into their final pool fixtures in January at home to Cardiff Blues, and away at English champions Saracens.This display was not sensational by Warriors’ high standards, despite the margin of victory, but showed their ruthless side when opportunities arose.Reaction and relive the match as it happened

Glasgow’s attacking intent was evident from the off and rewarded with a penalty for Hastings, who went on to seven out of eight shots at goal for a 17-point personal haul.Lyon scrum-half Jonathan Pelissie, who pulled his first attempt wide, levelled matters when Ashe was adjudged to have pulled down a Lyon line-out.But Hastings nudged Glasgow 6-3 ahead with another penalty before a superb multi-phase attack yielded an opening try for Ashe, selected ahead of co-captain Ryan Wilson in the back row.Interventions from wingers DTH Van der Merwe and the lively Tommy Seymour took Warriors within range before George Horne’s sweet offload out the back of his hand sent Ashe diving over.Hastings converted, but Lyon hit back within minutes after Peter Horne’s forward pass in his own 22 handed the hosts a prime attacking scrum.They worked it left and then switched play right, where Lionel Beauxis spotted the overlap and his floated pass sent Arnold racing over, Pelissie converting.Ill-discipline threatened to undo Glasgow’s good work with the concession of several needless penalties.Prop Oli Kebble escaped any censure for a thumping clear-out of Lyon lock Felix Lambey at a ruck, but a penalty to the Warriors was still reversed to halt their momentum.The visitors reasserted their authority in the closing moments of the first half though, on the back of Nick Grigg’s 60m break from deep.Peter Horne’s poor pass appeared to have butchered the chance, but Glasgow came again and scrum-half George Horne jumped over an unprotected ruck to dot down from close range.Hastings converted for a 20-10 half-time lead, and his third successful penalty on the resumption – after Warriors had repelled a sustained series of Lyon attacks with some lung-bursting defence – extended the advantage.But the hosts, fourth in the Top 14, did not throw in the towel and Noa Nakaitaci crossed in the left corner after Lionel Beauxis picked off Jonny Gray’s offload and thumped the ball to within five metres of Glasgow’s line.Grigg was harshly penalised and Lyon ran a quick penalty to send the France wing over.But Glasgow earned a measure of comfort with two swift tries on the hour.The first had an element of fortune when Hogg sprinted on to Peter Horne’s deft grubber and the bouncing ball eluded replacement scrum-half McLeod, who appeared to receive a slight push from the Glasgow full-back.The next, which brought up the bonus point, owed much to the vision of a retreating Hastings, who intercepted a pass intended for Arnold, sold Rudi Wolf a dummy and then released Jones – who had just appeared as a replacement – for an easy run-in.The fly-half’s conversion made it a 20-point buffer early in the final quarter.Lyon scored their third try with Warriors lock Tim Swinson in the sin-bin, McLeod tapping a quick penalty to score from close range.But Ashe’s second try, barging his way over off the back of the scrum, with two minutes left, ensured Glasgow’s hopes of qualification are very much alive.TeamsLyon: Palisson; Arnold, Wulf, Seguret, Nakaitaci; Beauxis, Pelissie; Buckle, Ivaldi, Kaabeche, Lambey, Carizza, Puricelli (capt), Gill, Fearns.Replacements: Lacombe (for Ivaldi, 50) Menini (for Buckle, 50), Yameogo (for Kaabeche, 64), Roodt (for Fearns, 44, Fearns for Carizza, 55), Sobela (for Gill, 21), McLeod (for Pelissie, 49), Barassi (for Palisson, 64), Doussain (for Beauxis, 55).Glasgow Warriors: Hogg; Seymour, Grigg, P Horne, Van der Merwe; Hastings, G Horne; Kebble, Brown, Rae, Harley, Gray, Ashe, Gibbins (capt), M Fagerson.Replacements: Turner (for Brown, 16), Bhatti (for Kebble, 67), Halanukonuka (for Rae, 50), Swinson (for Harley, 55), Fusaro (for Fagerson, 67), Price (for G Horne), Jones (for Grigg, 59) Matawalu.Yellow card: Swinson (65)

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