Glasgow (6) 20 Tries: Gregor Pens: Jackson 4 Drop-goal: Jackson Wasps (10) 10 Tries: Varndell Con: Walder Pen: Walder
Wasps were physical in defence but their lack of attacking threat cost them dear
By James Standley
Glasgow all but ended Wasps' Heineken Cup hopes as Ruaridh Jackson landed a late drop-goal to secure the win and deny the visitors a losing bonus point.
After an early penalty apiece from Jackson and Dave Walder, Tom Varndell scored a converted try for Wasps.
Two penalties from Jackson cut the gap to one point shortly after the break.
A Colin Gregor try put Glasgow in front and a Jackson penalty and drop-goal mean Wasps are an insurmountable six points behind pool leaders Toulouse.
Wasps will need to beat the French side at Adams Park next Sunday and for other results to go their way if they are to have a chance of being one of the two pool runners-up to reach the last eight.
With five minutes remaining, Wasps were still within seven points and clinging on to a losing bonus point.
But the visitors had been increasingly outplayed by a Glasgow side whose interest in the competition had long since ended and Jackson's late kick was fitting reward for the Warriors, who had showed plenty of ambition despite the very difficult conditions in the west of Scotland.
Jackson and Walder penalties saw the sides level 3-3 at the home of Partick Thistle football club before Wasps took the lead with a brilliant score that showcased the capabilities of England contender Joe Simpson to perfection.
Glasgow had enjoyed much of the early possession and when they put Wasps under pressure at a scrum on halfway it looked as though there was little danger for the hosts.
But Wales number eight Andy Powell managed to feed Simpson and the 22-year-old marked his promotion to England's elite player squad with a superb break.
The scrum-half sliced through the home defence and raced up to the Glasgow 22 before flinging a 20-yard pass to the flying Varndell.
There is no quicker winger in English rugby than the Wasps number 11 and Varndell duly sped over for a stunning score, with Walder's conversion from wide out giving them a 10-3 lead, but it was to be a false dawn for the visitors, who rarely looked like scoring after that.
Jackson trimmed the gap with a penalty after 15 minutes but despite enjoying plenty of ball and having Wasps in all sorts of trouble at the scrum, the hosts could not narrow the gap further before half-time.
Instead, Wasps rallied to earn a penalty at a scrum but Walder narrowly failed to land the long-range attempt on a pitch that resembled a bog in places after heavy rain.
Soon after the break, Jackson cut the gap to one point with a penalty and they took the lead when they launched a swift counter attack from a turnover.
Winger Colin Shaw made a slashing break and Gregor was on hand to claim a marvellous try.
Jackson missed the conversion and a subsequent penalty but he did hit the target after 65 minutes to give the hosts a seven-point lead.
With 10 minutes remaining, Jackson was presented with a very kickable penalty that would have stripped Wasps of their losing bonus point.
The young fly-half could only hit the post and it looked as though Wasps would escape with something from the game, but when Jackson was presented with a late drop-goal chance his aim was true.
Glasgow Warriors coach Sean Lineen:
"It's been a challenging month and a bit. You can feel sorry for yourself or make something happen - the Glasgow players chose the latter.
"The players kept the faith and got their reward today.
"The platform provided by the pack allowed scrum half Colin Gregor to get better and better.
"TDH Van Der Merwe set up the try with a great step inside and then a nice wee pass to Gregor."
London Wasps coach Tony Hanks: "We've made it very difficult to get through; we're most likely going to have to rely on other results.
"We've let down the fans that came up to Glasgow. There's a good crowd coming to next week's match. At the minimum, we have to respond for them.
"I've said to the players that we can't sit around sulking, we have to front up next week.
"We came to win, full of ambition. Bad days come along and today we timed a poor day really badly, but I don't want to take anything away from Glasgow, who are a good, well-coached side."
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