Glasgow coach Sean Lineen content with Heineken Cup draw

Ruaridh Jackson
Ruaridh Jackson's penalty was key to securing a draw for Glasgow

Glasgow coach Sean Lineen praised the hard work of his players after their Heineken Cup Pool Three draw with Montpellier in France.

The hosts missed a last-gasp penalty, but the draw moves Glasgow on to 10 points, while Montpellier now have six.

"I'm very proud of the players," said Lineen. "The way they came back - it was fantastic team spirit yet again.

"They gained two points, which shows you how far we've come to get a draw against last season's finalists."

It was a tough first half for Glasgow after Yoan Audrin broke the impasse and Ilian Perraux converted to give Montpellier a 7-0 lead at the turnaround.

Ruaridh Jackson's penalty was then countered by two from Perraux as the French side extended their lead.

However, Rory Lamont converted a try to gave Glasgow hope and Duncan Weir kicked the visitors level, but Francois Trinh-Duc's miss in added time ensured a draw.

"Obviously, in the first half, we didn't do ourselves any favours," said Lineen. "We played a bit too deep and made some basic errors that we usually wouldn't.

"That comes with the pressure of European rugby, but they'll learn from that.

"Simple things needed to be done better. Our scrum was good, subs came on and made a huge difference.

"But you can't defend in the first half for 30 minutes and expect to win the game.

"We'll have to look at that again - the first half just wasn't good enough."

The draw for Glasgow follows on from Edinburgh's win over Cardiff Blues on Friday and demonstrates a massive improvement for both Scottish clubs on last season's European performance, but Lineen insists they are capable of better.

"It keeps us in the hunt - just," said Lineen. "It's great that Edinburgh had a result against Cardiff - it's good that the Scottish teams are doing well.

"There's huge progress and we're getting good support. The players enjoy it - but, ultimately, it's about getting wins and points.

"We'll take the two points, but it could have been four."

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