Training Game: Castres V Glasgow Warriors

A number of new signings were to the fore as Glasgow Warrior were narrowly defeated 20-17 by Heineken Cup opponents Castres in their first outing of the 2012/13 campaign, a training match in Lacaune, southern France, on Friday night.

Second half scores from backline additions Taylor Paris and Byron McGuigan saw Gregor Townsend's men push a side several weeks ahead of them in fitness and match action all the way, before a late pushover try with Ruaridh Jackson in the sin bin sneaked it for the French.

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A number of new signings were to the fore as Glasgow Warrior were narrowly defeated 20-17 by Heineken Cup opponents Castres in their first outing of the 2012/13 campaign, a training match in Lacaune, southern France, on Friday night.

Second half scores from backline additions Taylor Paris and Byron McGuigan saw Gregor Townsend's men push a side several weeks ahead of them in fitness and match action all the way, before a late pushover try with Ruaridh Jackson in the sin bin sneaked it for the French.

19-year-old Paris, the youngest player ever to be capped by Canada at both 15s and 7s, was the beneficiary of a fine break from Tommy Seymour, while McGuigan, a Scotland 7s cap, finished off a perceptive length of the field move started by Elite Development signing Fraser Thomson's cute mark.

Jackson converted both touchdowns, as well as a penalty from out wide on the left, whileAll Black back-rower Angus Macdonald and new lock Tim Swinson were mightily impressive in defence.

Townsend told www.glasgowwarriors.org: "It's good to get a solid 80 minutes under our belts against a side who are only a fortnight away from competitive rugby in the Top 14.

"We didn't start all that well, which perhaps wasn't a huge surprise given the heat and the fact this was our first time on the pitch together, but we really picked up in the second half and played some impressive rugby.

'taylor and Byron took their tries very well, and I was really pleased with the shift that Tommy Seymour, Peter Murchie and Fraser Thomson put in.

'the pack worked very hard for each other as always, and Angus Macdonald showed just why we brought him here in the way he defended and read the game.

"I was impressed with [Elite Development player] Adam Ashe at No.8, and I'd also like to mention [Dundee lock] Andrew Redmayne and [Gala scrum-half] George Graham who have done everything we"ve asked of them all week and didn't look anything like out of place when they came on.

"Clearly, we'd have liked to win, but the object of the exercise was getting ourselves up to speed and working on our patterns and understanding, and on those fronts we can certainly be satisfied with what we achieved."

Castres turned round 8-0 ahead thanks to_a driven try midway through the half, and a penalty from in front of the posts right on the stroke of the interval.

The Warriors' rust began to come off in the sticky Lacaune sun during the second period, and they will certainly have found plenty to hearten them ahead of further pre-season dates with Sale Sharks (Mark Cueto testimonial, Heywood Road, Saturday 18 August) and Exeter Chiefs (Millbrae, Ayr RFC, Thursday 23 August).

Townsend reported no injury concerns from the training game.

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Peter Murchie; 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Byron McGuigan, 12 Troy Nathan, 11 Fraser Thomson; 10 Scott Wight, 9 Murray McConnell; 1 Gordon Reid, 2 Finlay Gillies, 3 Ed Kalman, 4 Nick Campbell, 5 Tim Swinson, 6 Angus Macdonald, 7 Chris Fusaro (CAPTAIN), 8 Adam Ashe

Substitutes: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Moray Low, 18 George Hunter, 19 Andrew Redmayne, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Alex Dunbar, 24 George Graham, 25 Taylor Paris, 26 Mike Cusack