Narrow loss for Warriors in London

Glasgow Warriors got their pre-season campaign underway with a narrow 22-17 defeat to Harlequins at the Stoop this afternoon.Pat MacArthur scores for the Warriors

Leonardo Sarto, Lewis Wynne, Djustice Sears-Duru, Tjiuee Uanivi, Callum Hunter-Hill and Hagen Schulte all made their debuts for the club.

Simone Favaro got the scoring underway as he bundled over after just five minutes and although Harlequins hit back with a try of their own five minutes later, Sarto scored a spectacular debut try for Glasgow after 25 minutes to push them ahead once more.

The home side touched down though just before the break to level the scores at 12-12 at half-time.

In the second-half Alex Dunbar and Richie Vernon both returned from injury to take their place in the side, but just five minutes into the half Favaro was sent to the sin-bin for an offence on his own line and despite heroic defence from the Warriors the pressure eventually told and Harlequins scored their third try just before the hour mark.

Scott Cummings takes contactGlasgow continued to press though and replacement hooker Pat MacArthur scored in the corner on 62 minutes to level the game once again at 17-17.

Both sides had plenty of possession and when Harlequins scored a fourth try on 69 minutes most of the crowd inside the Stoop thought that was the game over.

However, Glasgow could have scored a late try following a fantastic break by scrum-half Ali Price from deep inside his own to within 10 metres of the Harlequins line, but a subsequent knock-on inside the 22 meant they were denied and the home side held on for the win.

After the game head coach gregor Townsend said his players would have got a lot out of the game.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, he said: "It was a really good workout for us.

"We managed to get 25 players playing against top quality opposition, that was probably one of the strongest teams Harlequins could have put out.

"We started well and it was good to see the work which the players have put in during pre-season being transferred into the game.

"I was really pleased to see the players fight back at the end and the players worked so hard to try and get the win.

"We had a couple of opportunities close to their try line which we didn't take and in a couple of weeks we'd probably be more disappointed about that, but just now in pre-season the process is going well.

"We've got a lot of work to do but I'm happy with the progress we're making."

Written by
Jeremy Bone in London