Seven-Try Win For Combined Team

Glasgow and Edinburgh put their east-west rivalries aside tonight as they combined to score a comfortable victory against Newcastle Falcons" second XV at Dalziel.Even their seven tries were equitably divided. The Glasgow and Edinburgh factions scored three each, and the odd one was claimed by Rory McKay, one of the five club forwards who augmented the professional ranks. At one stage all five were in the pack together, with McKay and Alan Brown along the breakaway trio as well as Gordon Sykes, Alex Moffat, and Colin Whittaker in the front row.No one deserved a try more than McKay, the Glasgow Hawks lock who adjusted admirably to the demands of playing out position as open-side flanker. Such was his back-up work that he almost scored after half an hour when he supported Alan Bulloch's (pictured) surging run into the left corner. McKay was denied by being tackled into the corner post, but he could not be stopped when, shortly before the end, he picked the ball up off his toes to dive in from a goal-line ruck.For an individual try, however, none surpassed the last of the seven. Michael Bartlett, Glasgow's new wing from New Zealand, scored it when nothing seemed on for him 10 metres inside his own half. But he found space among a mass of opponents to break clear and sprint all the way to score his second try of the night.Colin Stewart was Glasgow's other try-scorer. Derrick Lee, Peter Robertson, and Craig Joiner provided Edinburgh's share. Calvin Howarth converted all but the last try.It was not just the results that was pleasing, especially for the western element. Three Glasgow players made comebacks in the match. Alan Bulloch, the international centre who had missed the start of the season because of a knee injury, played for most of the game. His fellow cap, Gordon McIlwham, eased himself in after a groin injury by playing the first half at tight head, and Guy Perrett, returning to professional rugby after medical studies, was on the field for the final quarter.Lee set the combined team on their way in seven minutes from Joiner's break and Graeme Beveridge's link. McKay's near-miss led to Robertson's try as McIlwham ploughed almost to the line from the ensuing free kick, and Bartlett exploded in from the blind side for the third try.With the home team leading 21-0 at half-time, the only question that seemed left to be answered was what to call them. Glasburgh or Edingow? But they had other concerns in the third quarter as the scoreline, though not the rugby, was static.Joiner revived the scoring when he went in from Bulloch's pass on the hour. McKay then sent Stewart over before he scored his own try, and Bartlett finished the match off in style.Glasgow-Edinburgh XV - Derrick Lee; James Craig, Alan Bulloch, Graham Shiel, Michael Bartlett; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Gavin Whittingham, Peter Robertson, Gordon McIlwham, Colin Stewart, Alistair Davidson, Andy Hall, Rory McKay, Alan Brown. Replacements - Craig Joiner for Bulloch (7-17 minutes), Alex Moffat for Robertson (32), Graeme Kiddie for Lee (half-time), Joiner for Craig (half-time), Colin Whittaker for McIlwham (half-time), Gordon Sykes for Whittingham (51), Chris Black for Beveridge (60), Guy Perrett for Brown (60).Scorers - Tries, Michael Bartlett (2), Craig Joiner, Derrick Lee, Rory McKay, Peter Robertson, Colin Stewart; conversions, Calvin Howarth (6).Glasgow and Edinburgh put their east-west rivalries aside tonight as they combined to score a comfortable victory against Newcastle Falcons" second XV at Dalziel.Even their seven tries were equitably divided. The Glasgow and Edinburgh factions scored three each, and the odd one was claimed by Rory McKay, one of the five club forwards who augmented the professional ranks. At one stage all five were in the pack together, with McKay and Alan Brown along the breakaway trio as well as Gordon Sykes, Alex Moffat, and Colin Whittaker in the front row.No one deserved a try more than McKay, the Glasgow Hawks lock who adjusted admirably to the demands of playing out position as open-side flanker. Such was his back-up work that he almost scored after half an hour when he supported Alan Bulloch's (pictured) surging run into the left corner. McKay was denied by being tackled into the corner post, but he could not be stopped when, shortly before the end, he picked the ball up off his toes to dive in from a goal-line ruck.For an individual try, however, none surpassed the last of the seven. Michael Bartlett, Glasgow's new wing from New Zealand, scored it when nothing seemed on for him 10 metres inside his own half. But he found space among a mass of opponents to break clear and sprint all the way to score his second try of the night.Colin Stewart was Glasgow's other try-scorer. Derrick Lee, Peter Robertson, and Craig Joiner provided Edinburgh's share. Calvin Howarth converted all but the last try.It was not just the results that was pleasing, especially for the western element. Three Glasgow players made comebacks in the match. Alan Bulloch, the international centre who had missed the start of the season because of a knee injury, played for most of the game. His fellow cap, Gordon McIlwham, eased himself in after a groin injury by playing the first half at tight head, and Guy Perrett, returning to professional rugby after medical studies, was on the field for the final quarter.Lee set the combined team on their way in seven minutes from Joiner's break and Graeme Beveridge's link. McKay's near-miss led to Robertson's try as McIlwham ploughed almost to the line from the ensuing free kick, and Bartlett exploded in from the blind side for the third try.With the home team leading 21-0 at half-time, the only question that seemed left to be answered was what to call them. Glasburgh or Edingow? But they had other concerns in the third quarter as the scoreline, though not the rugby, was static.Joiner revived the scoring when he went in from Bulloch's pass on the hour. McKay then sent Stewart over before he scored his own try, and Bartlett finished the match off in style.Glasgow-Edinburgh XV - Derrick Lee; James Craig, Alan Bulloch, Graham Shiel, Michael Bartlett; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Gavin Whittingham, Peter Robertson, Gordon McIlwham, Colin Stewart, Alistair Davidson, Andy Hall, Rory McKay, Alan Brown. Replacements - Craig Joiner for Bulloch (7-17 minutes), Alex Moffat for Robertson (32), Graeme Kiddie for Lee (half-time), Joiner for Craig (half-time), Colin Whittaker for McIlwham (half-time), Gordon Sykes for Whittingham (51), Chris Black for Beveridge (60), Guy Perrett for Brown (60).Scorers - Tries, Michael Bartlett (2), Craig Joiner, Derrick Lee, Rory McKay, Peter Robertson, Colin Stewart; conversions, Calvin Howarth (6).