Thursday, December 23, 2010

Toulouse defeat Glasgow in Heineken Cup Round 4

Current Heineken Cup champions, Toulouse continued their unbeaten European Championship season in defeating Scottish side, the Glasgow Warriors 36-10 at the Stade Ernest Wallon in Toulouse on Tuesday evening. The loss means that Glasgow´s chances of making the Heineken Cup Quarter Finals are all but nil as they sit on four points having defeated Welsh side Newport Dragons but losing twice to Toulouse and once to the London Wasps. Toulouse are leading on 17 points with London Wasps looking good for a Quarter Final on 15 points with three bonus points to their name.

Toulouse´s tries were scored by Maxime Medard and Virgile Lacombe in the first half with flyhalf David Skrela converting both. Glasgow´s first half points came from the boot of their own flyhalf, Ruaridh Jackson who slotted a penalty which meant the hosts led 14-3 at the break. The match looked like being on after the interval as Canadian international DTH van der Merwe continued his impressive form for the Warriors as he scored in the 43rd minute as he sidestepped past French international fullback Clement Poitrenaud to make it 14-10. Toulouse, however, had a great second half after the early Glasgow try with three scores of their own through French internationals Poitrenaud, Thierry Dusautoir and Vincent Clerc.

In addition to DTH van der Merwe in the 11 shirt, Canada had a second player in the match for the Glasgow Warriors as Kevin Tkachuk replaced Scottish international prop Moray Low in the 56th minute. There were also four international players from Argentina in the game. The Canadian pair were joined by former Pumas fullback Bernardo Stortoni who played 15 for Glasgow and former Pumas winger Federico Martín Aramburu replaced van der Merwe late in the second half. Pumas secondrower Patricio Albacete played for Toulouse as did scrumhalf Nicolas Vergallo.

The fifth round of Heineken Cup matches will take place in mid January.

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