Glasgow kicked off their Champions Cup campaign with a 42-13 bonus-point win over Leicester
Tries from Leonardo Sarto, Fraser Brown and Henry Pyrgos gave them a 22-13 lead at half-time
Intercept tries from Mark Bennett and Sarto compounded Leicester’s misery
Glasgow Warriors opened their European Champions Cup campaign with a thumping bonus-point win over Leicester at Scotstoun.
Matt Toomua’s Tigers debut saw him sin-binned for a dangerous tip tackle on Finn Russell but the visitors led 10-3 after Brendon O’Connor’s try.
Warriors responded superbly with three tries in eight minutes from Leonardo Sarto, Fraser Brown and Henry Pyrgos to lead 22-13 at half-time.
The second half was much more reserved with the opening half an hour providing just two penalties, each scored by Russell to put Glasgow in an almost-unassailable lead headed into the final stretch of the evening.
Intercept tries from Mark Bennett and Sarto then compounded Leicester’s misery late on.
This was the most points the two-time winners had conceded in a European Cup game, and they must rouse themselves for a home game against Racing 92 next Sunday, while Glasgow travel to face Munster on Saturday.
Glasgow Warriors: Henry Pyrgos
Glasgow: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Rory Hughes, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Henry Pyrgos (cc), 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Ryan Wilson, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray (cc), 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Matt Fagerson, 20 Lewis Wynne, 21 Ali Price, 22 Mark Bennett, 23 Sean Lamont
Leicester: 15 Telusa Veainu, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Mathew Tait, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Tom Brady, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, 7 Brendon O’Connor, 6 Mike Fitzgerald, 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 Dom Barrow, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs (c), 1 Ellis Genge
Replacements: 16 Harry Thacker, 17 Logovi’i Mulipola, 18 Greg Bateman, 19 Ed Slater, 20 Will Evans, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Peter Betham