Montpellier win knocks Glasgow Warriors out of Champions Cup

Danny Wilson's side will now compete in the last 16 of the Challenge Cup

Glasgow Warriors had coach Danny Wilson. Image: © Craig Watson -
Glasgow Warriors had coach Danny Wilson. Image: © Craig Watson -

MONTPELLIER pulled off a bonus-point 37-26 home win over Exeter Chiefs this evening which secured their place in the last 16 of the European Champions Cup, at the expense of Glasgow Warriors, who now drop into the second-tier Challenge Cup, with the draw for the last 16 of that competition to be confirmed after its final round of pool matches on the weekend of 8th-10th April.

This is a major setback for Danny Wilson‘s side, and they will feel aggrieved that Montpellier have progressed to the knock-out stage having been awarded a bonus-point win over Leinster when the Irish province was forced to forfeit that match due to three players testing positive for Covid. Leinster then hammered the French side 89-7 in the return match last weekend, and Montpellier also lost 42-6 to Exeter Chiefs in round one, meaning the cancelled Leinster match was decisive.

Glasgow, meanwhile, played all four of their pool games, and miss out despite picking up a losing bonus-point away to last year’s beaten finalists La Rochelle in round one, then beating 2020 Champions Exeter Chiefs in round two. However, the bottom line is that they were a distant second best to Exeter away and La Rochelle at home in the return legs and are paying the price for that.

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“I think this competition is truly frustrating,” said Warriors coach Wilson after Saturday night’s loss to La Rochelle at Scotstoun. “Teams can qualify without winning a game and I find that very different and very difficult. But it is what it is and the rules were made for Covid. I don’t necessarily agree with 28-0 results. To get a bonus-point win in this competition is a huge ask.

“We’ve played Exeter and La Rochelle twice. That’s four huge games. It is what it is and we just have to get on with it. For me, you don’t get Covid on purpose. We are all in a world where it has spread through everybody. Every team is going to have their day with it. We have had to rearrange games against Edinburgh.

“It’s difficult. I don’t know the answer so I can’t necessarily be critical but 28-0 does seem a bit unfair.

“It will still be good to be in the Challenge Cup, but the top end of Europe is where we want to be,” replied Wilson, when asked about the prospect of this doomsday scenario. “We don’t necessarily want to be in the Challenge Cup, but if we are then we will give it every shot to go and win it.”

Edinburgh’s place in the last 16 of the Challenge Cup was assured this weekend with the final round of pool matches still to go, thanks to their 66-3 win over Brive combined with results elsewhere going their way.

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  1. Wilson’s comments don’t even make sense – he’s complaining that teams are going through without winning a game – well that’s not the case with Montpellier, they did win a game, and got a bonus point – same as Glasgow. Yeah the 28-0 is unfair, but they performed at least as well as Glasgow, and he’s making it sound as though without the 28-0 that Glasgow would automatically go through which is not the case. How about focusing on the inability of his team to maintain a strong forward presence against big teams? No comments on Glasgow’s actual performance in this game? Not impressed. Not saying we should be beating LR or Exeter as a matter of course, but I’m not convinced that we will with DW at the helm.

  2. Once again Glasgow out of their depth at this level. Let’s hope both Scottish teams can get a good run in the challenge Cup, where they stand a chance of winning the comp

  3. Frustrating thing for me is that we’ve unquestionably got some really top quality players. But time and again they’re misfiring badly in Glasgow colours.

  4. Well – were out. Just saw Montpellier beating Exeter. They had the heavy mob out today and not the motley crew that folded to Leinster last week .With the bizarre format this year we will join Edinburgh in the Challenge cup.
    Very disappointing to see all four Irish provinces in the Champions Cup last 16 and not a single Scottish or Welsh side. The Irish sides are just so savvy when it comes to Europe. They know how to win and we don’t. Even Connacht look good in the Champions Cup.

  5. More excuses from Wilson ??The reason we are out is because we have not moved forward since he arrived ??

    • I can understand where he is coming from in the respect that you look at some of the others teams that went through and they are not close to the level of Exeter or La Rochelle, there are definitely teams we are better than that have progressed.

      However we had our own destiny in our hands and Glasgow realistically would not have been good enough to challenge for the cup. Wilson needs to stop making excuses and just accept there are better teams out there than us and that we need to step up our game.

      First thing is to get a good ranking in the URC so we have easier opposition next champions cup.

      Minimum expectation should be to reach the URC semi-final, Progress would be to reach the URC final

    • Glasgow haven’t moved forward since Rennie inherited a good squad and did SFA about building for the future. Arrived late and left early, was working on his Aussie job while still here. Glasgow took years to build to a league winning team. One man used it to get a bigger job, left nothing behind


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