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Toulouse 36-10 Glasgow

Toulouse (14) 36
Tries: Medard, Lacombe, Poitrenaud, Dustautoir, Clerc Con: Skrela 4 Pens: Skrela
Glasgow (3) 10
Tries: van der Merwe Con: Jackson Pen: Jackson

Clement Poitrenaud was a try-scorer for Toulouse
Toulouse ran in five tries against Glasgow in France

Reigning champions Toulouse maintained their 100% record in this season's Heineken Cup with a comfortable victory over Glasgow.

Maxi Medard and Virgile Lacombe grabbed first-half tries for the hosts who led 14-3 at the interval.

DTH van der Merwe gave Glasgow a glimmer of hope with a try early in the second half.

But the visitors were blown away by further scores from Clement Poitrenaud, Thierry Dusautoir and Vincent Clerc.

The bonus-point victory leaves Toulouse two clear of Wasps in Pool 6, while Glasgow are a distant third with no hope of progress in the tournament.

Warriors coach Sean Lineen and his men endured a torrid week in the south of France with the fixture twice postponed over the weekend because of the wintry weather, as their journey was delayed then their kit and luggage went missing.

In 2009, Glasgow recorded one of the biggest shocks in Europe with a 33-26 victory in Toulouse. But the four-times champions were in no mood for an upset this time.

A fired-up Toulouse dominated the opening exchanges and Medard broke the deadlock with a fine individual try after 10 minutes.

The leading try scorer in France's Top 14 found a miss-match in midfield and stepped inside prop forward Moray Low to race clear and score beneath the posts. David Skrela then added the first of four conversions.


Colin Gregor came close to scoring after a Max Evans break, but the Glasgow scrum-half was dragged down short of the line before Ruaridh Jackson dissected the posts with a penalty.

Tempers were frayed on 20 minutes when a mass brawl followed a Toulouse penalty. Richie Grey was adjudged to have started the altercation and was sent to the sin-bin.

The home side extended their lead with a second try on the 23rd minute, Lacombe the beneficiary of a powerful rolling maul.

The visitors made a perfect start to the second half when van der Merwe danced his way over, the flying Dutchman stepping inside Poitrenaud to score between the posts, and Jackson converted to bring Glasgow to within four points.

However, Toulouse immediately struck back with a Skrela penalty before Poitrenaud made amends and raced clear to score a crucial try

The European champions secured the all-important bonus-point try through Dusautoir on 65 minutes before Clerc rubbed salt into Glasgow's wounds.

Toulouse: Poitrenaud, Medard, Fritz, Jauzion, Heymans, Skrela, Kelleher, Human, Lacombe, Montes, Maestri, Albacete, Bouilhou, Dustautoir, Picamoles.
Replacements: Delasau for Medard (66), Clerc for Heymans (53), Poux for Human (44), Johnston for Montes (44), Lamboley for Maestri (61). Not Used: Paquet, Vergallo, Nyanga. Sin Bin: Albacete (73).

Glasgow: Stortoni, O'Hare, M. Evans, Morrison, van der Merwe, Jackson, Gregor, Welsh, Thomson, Low, Gray, Kellock, Harley, Barclay, Vernon.
Replacements: Pyrgos for Gregor (72), MacArthur for Thomson (69), Tkachuk for Low (57), Muldowney for Kellock (62), Grant for Vernon (64). Not Used: Fusaro, Murchie, Aramburu. Sin Bin: Gray (21), Welsh (63).

Ref: John Lacey (Ireland).

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see also
Glasgow Warriors 16-28 Toulouse
10 Dec 10 |  Glasgow
Wasps 38-26 Glasgow Warriors
17 Oct 10 |  Rugby Union
Glasgow Warriors 21-13 Dragons
08 Oct 10 |  Glasgow

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