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Toulouse squeeze home past Glasgow

18/10/2008 09:51:43 AM Comments (0)

Triple champions Toulouse edged Glasgow 22-16 for their second win in two games in this season's European Cup, but they failed to pick up a crucial try-scoring bonus point.

The French, who needed a last-minute penalty to beat Bath last weekend, struggled with handling errors and conceded a series of sloppy penalties in the first half and trailed 9-7 at the interval.

But they scored two tries in the space of eight minutes at the start of the second period which created the platform for a nervous victory in this Pool Five clash at Firhill.

Scottish international Dan Parks kicked two penalties for a 6-0 Glasgow lead inside the first 13 minutes but missed the opportunity to make it 9-0 when he horribly scuffed a third.

The French giants made him pay when they scored the first try of the night after 25 minutes when Toulouse turned the ball over at a Glasgow scrum which allowed David Skrela to sprint through a huge gap to score.

Skrela hit the conversion but Parks was successful with another penalty eight minutes from the interval to give the Scots a deserved half-time lead.

French class shone through early in the second half.

After Malell Kunavore had kicked a drop goal to give Toulouse a 10-9 lead, former All Black scrum-half Byron Kelleher went over for his side's second try of the match.

Flying winger Maxime Medard, who had dropped the ball when just a few feet from the try line in the first half, was left in acres of space on the halfway line to sprint away from his markers.

He fed supporting prop Salvatore Perugini who then released Kelleher for the try.

Skrela missed the conversion but in the 52nd minute his side scored their third try to lead 20-9.

Full-back Clement Poitrenaud kicked the ball forward to leave the Scottish defence flat-footed before fellow international Yannick Jauzion crossed with Skrela this time successful with the conversion to extend the lead to 22-9.

Toulouse went looking for a bonus point from a fourth try but in the 76th minute they made a terrible hash of a move when they were camped on the Glasgow line.

Three times the French failed to gather the ball and Glasgow's New Zealand winger Lome Faatau sprinted away to grab his team's only try, converted by Parks, to make the final score 22-16.

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