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Glasgow fans left in disbelief at the Warriors lack of luck as bounce of the ball costs three tries and possible finals place

By Tom Vinicombe
Scotland midfielder Huw Jones couldn't catch a break in Glasgow's Champions Cup match with Exeter. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

In a match where a combined eight tries were scored, it seems like Glasgow and Exeter’s drawn Champions Cup fixture is being talked about for everything except the actual scores.


The Glasgow Warriors, who raced out to a 14-3 lead off the back of tries to outside backs Tommy Seymour and Huw Jones, were eventually made to play catch up with an Exeter Chiefs side that will now fancy their chances at completing an unthinkable double, winning the English Premiership as well as securing a first every Champions Cup title.

The game ended 31-31, ensuring that Exeter will qualify for the knockout stages of the European competition while Glasgow will be left licking their wounds after suffering two home defeats in a row.

The biggest talking point out of the match has been the quality of refereeing (or lack thereof), with Glasgow fans, in particular, lamenting Romain Poite’s performance in the hot seat.

The other matter that has Glasgow fans riled up is the sheer lack of luck the Warriors had when it came to the bounce of the ball.

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On three separate occasions, Glasgow players would have had almost unimpeded runs in to score tries had the bouncing ball not thwarted their attempts.

Part-way through the first half, Glasgow fly-half Adam Hastings threaded an angled grubber through while hot on attack in Exeter’s 22 for wing Kyle Steyn to run onto – but the ball lurched up at the last second, which forced Steyn to have to stop in his tracks. The Exeter cover defence may have been able to get fingertips onto Steyn if the ball had popped into his arms, but a simple dive would’ve seen Glasgow touch down for their second try of the match.


In the second half, it was Huw Jones – who otherwise had an excellent game – who was made to look like a fool.

First, with the game tied up at 24-all, Steyn made an excellent break into Exeter’s half and put a kick through for Jones, past the oncoming defence. Luck wasn’t on the centre’s side, however, as the ball stayed low to the ground and Jones fumbled the pick-up.

Then, with the scores still locked up, Jones hacked forward a dropped Exeter pass and again found himself faced with an undefended tryline  – if only he could pick up the ball.

Instead, the ball took turn after turn but wouldn’t sit up for the Scottish midfielder and Jones was left holding his head in his hands after again knocking the ball forward while attempting to gather it up.


Three almost certain tries, three opportunities that went begging.

Fans were quick to take to Twiter to express their disbelief at the horror luck the befell Glasgow, who will now be relying on the PRO14 for some silverware.

Here’s how the fans reacted:

Coach Dave Rennie, who likely won’t have another shot at the Champions Cup due to taking up a role with the Wallabies at the end of the season, lamented his side’s bad luck after the match.

“We just couldn’t get the ball to sit up,” Rennie told BBC Scotland.

“I think we had four clear opportunities if it had sat up. We created a lot of opportunities. We’re proud of the effort, frustrated as well.

The Warriors will play their final match of the tournament against Sale next weekend. If the stars align perfectly then there’s a minute chance that Glasgow could still find themselves in the playoffs, but chances are that their Champions Cup will come to an end in a week, regardless of the result.

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