Glasgow Warriors’ hopes of Champions Cup progression took a near-fatal hit on Friday night as they suffered defeat at the hands of Montpellier.
Having lost their two games of the European campaign to Exter Chiefs and Leinster last month, the Scottish side knew that realistically they had to beat their Top 14 opponents in order to gain some grounding in Pool 3, but the 29-22 loss at Scotstoun leaves them with a huge mountain to climb in their remaining three fixtures.
Despite the defeat for Dave Rennie’s side, there were one or two moments of magic – particularly in a first half-hour in which they raced into a 17-10 lead. Outhalf Finn Russell arguably had the pick of those moments with a terrific direction-changing pass to George Turner for Glasgow’s second try of the game.
Finn Russell, take a bow ?
— The Loose Head ? (@TheLooseH) December 8, 2017
My moment of the game.
— The Loose Head ? (@TheLooseH) December 9, 2017
Unfortunately for Russell and Glasgow Warriors, Montpellier rallied soon after, and went into the break 19-17 ahead. It only got worse for the Scottish outfit from there on in, conceding two more tries to ensure that Vern Cotter’s men would be leaving Glasgow with a bonus point and with their eyes now fixed once again on qualification to the knockout stages. It also adds a further layer of intrigue to Exeter’s clash with Leinster at Sandy Park on Sunday.
A Montpellier victory in the return fixture in France next week, which will now surely be expected, will certainly put the cat among the pigeons in terms of who gets out of the pool.
For Glasgow, meanwhile, their European hopes are pretty much over for this year, but their blistering form in the first ten games of the domestic Pro14 season will still have them hoping for a positive season.