Munro: Glasgow were lucky
December 17, 2011
Benoit Paillaugue missed a crucial penalty attempt for Montpellier © Getty Images
Glasgow assistant coach Shade Munro admitted his side were left thanking their luck after Montpellier's Benoit Paillaugue missed a match-winning kick late in their Heineken Cup clash.
Replacement scrum-half Paillaugue missed a routine last-gasp penalty to allow Glasgow to escape their Pool 3 clash with a 13-13 draw. It also meant the Warriors retained some hope of progressing, although, after failing to beat a Montpellier side without a win Munro conceded his side had missed an opportunity despite their luck.
"When their kicker was coming up to take that final shot at goal to win the game we were trying to look at the replay to see who had given away the penalty," said Munro. "Then we noticed he was taking his time and we wondered what was going to happen.
"He was a right-footed kicker and it was on his wrong side, but it was only on the 15-metre line. Ordinarily we would have expected him to kick it, even though we were willing him to miss. Thankfully, he lost it, missed and we got a draw. Even though that was a bit of a let off we are all disappointed not to have won.
"We started badly, but came back strongly. We felt we could have won the game, but we still think we are in the mix in terms of qualification."
Glasgow next face reigning Heineken Cup champions and runaway group leaders Leinster and Munro insisted his side could still make the quarter-finals.
"If this game was supposed to be the biggest game in the history of Glasgow Warriors, then the round five fixture against Leinster is bound to be because we will have to beat the European champions to stand any chance of winning the pool," added Munro.
"We've already beaten them in the league this season, and have upset them at 'Fortress Firhill' in the past, so we have to believe we can do it again."
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