10 years ago
Glasgow Warriors 26-20 Leinster- Attendance: 2,121 (Home)
5 Years ago
Glasgow Warriors 31-3 Cardiff Blues- Attendance: 4,224 (Home)
Yesterday (2nd April 2017)
Saracens 38-13 Glasgow Warriors- Glasgow fans in attendance: circa 6000 (Away)
The result yesterday was not what anyone in the Warrior Nation hoped for. Saracens have undoubted quality and were looking to retain their status as European Champions. On the contrary, Glasgow Warriors found themselves in their first ever European Quarter Final and it showed.
As it transpired, Saracens were excellent. They managed to get on the right side of the referee and were extremely aggressive in contact, depriving an exciting Glasgow backline of the front-foot ball they crave.
Saracen’s offloading game was crisp and their wrap-around’s saw them cross the line multiple times in the opening stages, last gasp Glasgow defence just denying them on multiple occasions. And love him or hate him, Chris Ashton was central to Sarries’ attacking threat.
Glasgow on the other hand, were never really at the races. In a European Quarter final, the big guns need to step up. Owen Farrell, Sean Maitland, and Billy Vunipola did for the North-Londoners. Finn Russell, Stuart Hogg and the rest of the Glasgow team were very quiet- save perhaps Lee Jones who denied Ashton a try and scored an excellent one himself.
It was a historic day regardless
Near Six Thousand fans were in London for just Glasgow’s first venture in to European knock-out rugby. The atmosphere today was excellent- ‘We Are Warriors’ rang around Allianz Park almost as loudly as the calls for Sarries- and there were kilts, blue flags and bag pipes everywhere.
The growth of the club has been phenomenal- and if they can continue to challenge the big guns of Europe, this could be the first of many great European weekends the Scots will be involved in. The potential is there, Dave Rennie is replacing Gregor Townsend in the summer and the fans will be hoping this is just the beginning.
Glasgow looked like rabbits in head-lights yesterday, but they have an opportunity to create something really special in European and Scottish club rugby and today was the first step.
The Scribbler, 3rd April, 2016