Glasgow Suffer In Second-Half Deluge

Northampton 30 Glasgow 9After leading 6-3 when playing largely against the elements in the first-half, Glasgow's challenge was obliterated by a tigerish wet-weather performance by Northampton in the second-half.During that period the hosts - beaten away to Cardiff last weekend in the Heineken Cup Pool 5 opener - scored four tries as they put the ball behind Glasgow and sought to rumble and roll through their forwards.Even before Glasgow were playing catch-up, their ball security was frail and last week's dropped point at home to Montferrand has begun to look all the more galling.What was disappointing for the Scots today was their failure to build on some significant cameo moments in the first-half which had hinted at better things to come.Tommy Hayes had given Glasgow the best of starts with a ruck offence penalty in the second minute and all but scythed through the Northampton defence one minute later only to be penalised himself for holding in the tackle five metres out.The blazing start continued as Ali Hepher, the home No 10, ought to have utilised a two man overlap off turnover ball._Instead, however, he balloned the ball forward in Glenn Metcalfe's tackle.Glasgow continued to live dangerously but a magnificent take against the throw by Jason White at a five metre defending lineout_inspired them to clear their lines only for Hayes to misfire with a 14th minute penalty.Mike Bartlett made a grand saving tackle on home full-back Mark Tucker before Hayes extended Glasgow's lead with a 28th minute drop-goal after a sustained period of repossession.Almost at once Matt Dawson posted Northampton's first points with an offside penalty as Glasgow failed to capitalise on promising positions in the remaining ten minutes of the half.Northampton had the bit between their teeth from the restart and after a series of rolling mauls, substitute James Brooks crossed for the game's first try with Dawson converting for 10-6.Some curious refereeing - a feature of the entire game - continued unabated in the third quarter and short of the hour Tucker claimed the second try after Grant Seely's breenge from a short penalty.Dawson's 62nd minute penalty stretched Northampton to 18-6 and though Hayes retrieved three points with a ruck offence penalty from the ten metre line, Northampton spent much of the last quarter encamped in Glasgow territory and added tries through sub Luca Martin and Scotland captain Budge Pountney, Dawson adding the goal points to his flanker's try.Northampton: Mark Tucker; Craig Moir, Peter Jorgensen, John Leslie, Ben Cohen; Ali Hepher, Matt Dawson; Tom Smith, Steve Thompson, Matt Stewart, Jon Phillips, Rob Hunter, Andrew Blowers, Grant Seely, Budge Pountney captain.Subs - Kelvin Todd for Smith (temp 13-14mins), James Brooks for Hepher (21 mins),_Luca Martin for Moir (65 mins), Andy Newman for Hunter (68 mins), Steve Brotherstone for Thompson and Todd for Smith (both 75 mins), Dom Malone for Dawson and Mark Soden for Blowers (80 mins).Glasgow:_Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, James McLaren, Andy Henderson, Mike Bartlett; Tommy Hayes, Andy Nicol; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Jason White, Roland Reid, Jon Petrie, Gareth Flockhart.Subs - Andrew Hall for Reid (49 mins), Cameron Blades for Hilton and Gordon McIlwham for Harrison (58 mins), Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (70 mins).Referee Marco Salera (Italy) Northampton 30 Glasgow 9After leading 6-3 when playing largely against the elements in the first-half, Glasgow's challenge was obliterated by a tigerish wet-weather performance by Northampton in the second-half.During that period the hosts - beaten away to Cardiff last weekend in the Heineken Cup Pool 5 opener - scored four tries as they put the ball behind Glasgow and sought to rumble and roll through their forwards.Even before Glasgow were playing catch-up, their ball security was frail and last week's dropped point at home to Montferrand has begun to look all the more galling.What was disappointing for the Scots today was their failure to build on some significant cameo moments in the first-half which had hinted at better things to come.Tommy Hayes had given Glasgow the best of starts with a ruck offence penalty in the second minute and all but scythed through the Northampton defence one minute later only to be penalised himself for holding in the tackle five metres out.The blazing start continued as Ali Hepher, the home No 10, ought to have utilised a two man overlap off turnover ball._Instead, however, he balloned the ball forward in Glenn Metcalfe's tackle.Glasgow continued to live dangerously but a magnificent take against the throw by Jason White at a five metre defending lineout_inspired them to clear their lines only for Hayes to misfire with a 14th minute penalty.Mike Bartlett made a grand saving tackle on home full-back Mark Tucker before Hayes extended Glasgow's lead with a 28th minute drop-goal after a sustained period of repossession.Almost at once Matt Dawson posted Northampton's first points with an offside penalty as Glasgow failed to capitalise on promising positions in the remaining ten minutes of the half.Northampton had the bit between their teeth from the restart and after a series of rolling mauls, substitute James Brooks crossed for the game's first try with Dawson converting for 10-6.Some curious refereeing - a feature of the entire game - continued unabated in the third quarter and short of the hour Tucker claimed the second try after Grant Seely's breenge from a short penalty.Dawson's 62nd minute penalty stretched Northampton to 18-6 and though Hayes retrieved three points with a ruck offence penalty from the ten metre line, Northampton spent much of the last quarter encamped in Glasgow territory and added tries through sub Luca Martin and Scotland captain Budge Pountney, Dawson adding the goal points to his flanker's try.Northampton: Mark Tucker; Craig Moir, Peter Jorgensen, John Leslie, Ben Cohen; Ali Hepher, Matt Dawson; Tom Smith, Steve Thompson, Matt Stewart, Jon Phillips, Rob Hunter, Andrew Blowers, Grant Seely, Budge Pountney captain.Subs - Kelvin Todd for Smith (temp 13-14mins), James Brooks for Hepher (21 mins),_Luca Martin for Moir (65 mins), Andy Newman for Hunter (68 mins), Steve Brotherstone for Thompson and Todd for Smith (both 75 mins), Dom Malone for Dawson and Mark Soden for Blowers (80 mins).Glasgow:_Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, James McLaren, Andy Henderson, Mike Bartlett; Tommy Hayes, Andy Nicol; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Jason White, Roland Reid, Jon Petrie, Gareth Flockhart.Subs - Andrew Hall for Reid (49 mins), Cameron Blades for Hilton and Gordon McIlwham for Harrison (58 mins), Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (70 mins).Referee Marco Salera (Italy)