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Glasgow Warriors seek a second win of the competition as they welcome USAP in the EPCR Challenge Cup on Friday.
The Scottish side got a victory on the road at Bath Rugby last week, edging a 19-22 contest.
USAP had less success on home turf, going down 5-19 to Bristol Bears.
The Pool A match kicks off at 20:00 (UK and Irish time) at BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh and can be watched on Viaplay-Premier Sports and FloRugby.
Glasgow’s Cameron Neild: “It is important for the team to build on where we left off against Bath. That is our intent and where everything we did was purposeful. If we bring the same determination and the right attitude, we will be successful against Perpignan on Friday night. People are dying to improve, so personally, I believe results will be better than they have the first few games. It’s already started with the two away wins and then we have Perpignan and the double derby. It’s exciting times.”
Straight into R2️⃣ 😍
Who you backing in the second #ChallengeCupRugby weekend of the season? pic.twitter.com/FY8pBoLJzM
— EPCR Challenge Cup (@ChallengeCup_) December 14, 2022
- Glasgow crossed the gainline with the lowest percentage of carries of the round, 33 per cent in the win over Bath.
- They made the fewest kicks in play (13) and kicking metres (335) in Round 1.
- Glasgow were the only team to have two mauls that travelled more than ten metres.
- Cameron Neild made more clear-outs (nine) than any other player in Round 1.
- USAP won a round-high four turnovers in the tackle in their opening match.
- Shahn Eru is the first lock to score two tries in a match for USAP since he scored a brace against Union Bordeaux-Begles in October 2018.
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Glasgow Warriors secured back-to-back wins in the EPCR Challenge Cup as they held on for a 26-18 victory over USAP at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Friday night.
Scores from Rufus McLean, Huw Jones and Sebastian Cancelliere, plus a penalty try, did the business for the Scottish region as they followed up on their Round 1 win at Bath Rugby.
USAP briefly threatened a turnaround thanks to efforts from Jake McIntyre and Lucas Dubois, but Posolo Tuilagi’s yellow card hampered them over the latter stages.
Glasgow were in control with 23 minutes played as wing McLean and centre Jones finished off well-constructed moves, fly-half Duncan Weir adding the extras to both scores.
2️⃣ from 2️⃣ for Huw (𝘴𝘰 𝘧𝘢𝘳!)
A lucky bounce off the post for @GlasgowWarriors in their second try of the night 🔥#ChallengeCupRugby pic.twitter.com/GfKjdOaZ0y
— EPCR Challenge Cup (@ChallengeCup_) December 16, 2022
But USAP fly-half McIntyre dotted down following a fast break from the visitors, reducing the deficit to nine points at the break.
Centre Dorian Laborde nudged a penalty on 56 minutes to further eat into Glasgow’s lead, and USAP would snatch the lead on the hour mark as replacement wing Dubois raced over and Laborde converted.
However, Glasgow went back on the offensive and their pressure on the USAP line led to a penalty try and a yellow card for replacement lock Tuilagi.
That made the hosts’ mission somewhat more manageable, and despite a Laborde penalty moving USAP to within three points, wing Cancelliere crossed late on to wrap up their victory and secure the bonus point.
Glasgow and USAP clash again in Round 3 as the Scottish region travel to the Stade Aimé Giral on January 14.
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