Winning In The Rain

Glasgow 40, Caerphilly 22Glasgow's lead in the Welsh/Scottish League was strengthened with victory against Caerphilly in almost constant rain at Hughenden this evening. They are now three points clear of the pack with five wins in six matches, and their try tally of 26 is 50% more than any other contender.Glasgow's try-count against Caerphilly was five-one. That in itself was a convincing margin. Yet it was a stop-start contest, with Glasgow's game marked by contrasts of storming rugby and doldrums on the sodden pitch.Richie Dixon, Glasgow's coach, readily acknowledged that summary. "I"m obviously delighted to have won, but we played in fits and starts. It was a case when we forgot the old adage that A comes before B. When we upped the pace we certainly scored points."Roland Reid had two of Glasgow's tries, and they could not have been more different, samples of his versatility in switching between wing threequarter and back row. From a close-range scrum the No.8 picked up, drove to the line, and twisted in the tackle to plunge over, and for the other he found himself back in his wing role, though only because the movement had developed that way, as his strong run-in exploited an overlap on the left after the eager trio of Tommy Hayes, Barry Irving, and Jon Stuart had opened up the opposition.It was, too, a notable match for Alan Bulloch, the international centre marking his first match of the season after injury by scoring a crucial try. Two forwards, Cameron Blades and Nathan Ross, had the other tries, and Hayes kicked 15 points with a trio of conversions and penalty goals.Winning again in the league was undoubtedly a relief after the Heineken Cup matches in the past two weeks, a Hughenden draw with Montferrand followed by defeat at Northampton. In the first half an hour, however, the pattern of the match defied the contest's status as being between the two extremes of the league table.A penalty goal and a drop goal, both by Luke Richards, twice put Caerphilly ahead. Those scores bracketed the Blades try, the prop driven over from a lineout. But Glasgow soon lost Blades with damaged shoulder muscles, David Hilton taking over at loose head, and almost immediately Caerphilly extended their lead when David Hawkins nipped through for a try from lineout drive, Richards converting.Glasgow's injury worries continued when Glenn Metcalfe departed with facial cuts, Barry Irving assuming the full-back role. But suddenly Glasgow sparked into life. In the space of 13 minutes, spanning the interval, they turned a 5-13 deficit into a 29-16 lead.Hayes kicked his first penalty goal, and Glasgow scored again from the restart. Reid ran the kick-off back at the opposition, and from the ensuring ruck the slightest of feints by Hayes was enough to open the door for the stand-off to run into space. Irving's quick hands, as a short but vital link, let Alan Bulloch away from 25 metres out for a try that Hayes converted for a 15-13 lead. Caerphilly then lost Dean Colclough to the sin-bin, and during his absence Reid scored his two tries, one each side of the interval.Richards, however, had the first score after the interval, another penalty goal, and over the middle phase of the second half the two stand-offs twice exchanged penalty goals. Yet in that time Glasgow not only held strong territorial advantage but they also squandered three excellent openings. In better weather all of three could well have been snapped up, and it was only right at the end that Ross scored from yet another lineout drive.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Michael Bartlett, Alan Bulloch, Jon Stuart, Rory Kerr; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Gordon McIlwham, Nathan Ross, Andrew Hall, Jason White, Gareth Flockhart, Roland Reid. Replacements - David Hilton for Blades (18 minutes), Barry Irving for Metcalfe (29), Guy Perrett for Ross (56-65), James McLaren for Kerr (68), Martin Waite for Hall (72).Scorers - Tries, Blades, Alan Bulloch, Reid (2), Ross; conversions, Hayes (3); penalty goals, Hayes (3).Caerphilly - Seone Tuipoluto; Geraint Lewis, Taunahalo Taufahema, David Hawkins (captain), Ken Morris; Luke Richards, Andrew Jacobs; Matthew Bolton, Dean Colclough, Tim Marston, Nathan Jones, Mark Workman, Darren Davies, Simon Grainger, Andrew Williams. Replacements - Justin Hughes for Grainger (37-47), Rory Greenslade-Jones for Morris (50), Neil Watkins for Grainger (53), Graham Thomas for Marston (56), Aled Jones for Bolton (76).Scorers - Try, Hawkins; conversion, Richards; penalty goals, Richards (4); drop goal, Richards.Referee - Malcolm McEwan (Hawick).Attendance - 2973.Glasgow 40, Caerphilly 22Glasgow's lead in the Welsh/Scottish League was strengthened with victory against Caerphilly in almost constant rain at Hughenden this evening. They are now three points clear of the pack with five wins in six matches, and their try tally of 26 is 50% more than any other contender.Glasgow's try-count against Caerphilly was five-one. That in itself was a convincing margin. Yet it was a stop-start contest, with Glasgow's game marked by contrasts of storming rugby and doldrums on the sodden pitch.Richie Dixon, Glasgow's coach, readily acknowledged that summary. "I"m obviously delighted to have won, but we played in fits and starts. It was a case when we forgot the old adage that A comes before B. When we upped the pace we certainly scored points."Roland Reid had two of Glasgow's tries, and they could not have been more different, samples of his versatility in switching between wing threequarter and back row. From a close-range scrum the No.8 picked up, drove to the line, and twisted in the tackle to plunge over, and for the other he found himself back in his wing role, though only because the movement had developed that way, as his strong run-in exploited an overlap on the left after the eager trio of Tommy Hayes, Barry Irving, and Jon Stuart had opened up the opposition.It was, too, a notable match for Alan Bulloch, the international centre marking his first match of the season after injury by scoring a crucial try. Two forwards, Cameron Blades and Nathan Ross, had the other tries, and Hayes kicked 15 points with a trio of conversions and penalty goals.Winning again in the league was undoubtedly a relief after the Heineken Cup matches in the past two weeks, a Hughenden draw with Montferrand followed by defeat at Northampton. In the first half an hour, however, the pattern of the match defied the contest's status as being between the two extremes of the league table.A penalty goal and a drop goal, both by Luke Richards, twice put Caerphilly ahead. Those scores bracketed the Blades try, the prop driven over from a lineout. But Glasgow soon lost Blades with damaged shoulder muscles, David Hilton taking over at loose head, and almost immediately Caerphilly extended their lead when David Hawkins nipped through for a try from lineout drive, Richards converting.Glasgow's injury worries continued when Glenn Metcalfe departed with facial cuts, Barry Irving assuming the full-back role. But suddenly Glasgow sparked into life. In the space of 13 minutes, spanning the interval, they turned a 5-13 deficit into a 29-16 lead.Hayes kicked his first penalty goal, and Glasgow scored again from the restart. Reid ran the kick-off back at the opposition, and from the ensuring ruck the slightest of feints by Hayes was enough to open the door for the stand-off to run into space. Irving's quick hands, as a short but vital link, let Alan Bulloch away from 25 metres out for a try that Hayes converted for a 15-13 lead. Caerphilly then lost Dean Colclough to the sin-bin, and during his absence Reid scored his two tries, one each side of the interval.Richards, however, had the first score after the interval, another penalty goal, and over the middle phase of the second half the two stand-offs twice exchanged penalty goals. Yet in that time Glasgow not only held strong territorial advantage but they also squandered three excellent openings. In better weather all of three could well have been snapped up, and it was only right at the end that Ross scored from yet another lineout drive.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Michael Bartlett, Alan Bulloch, Jon Stuart, Rory Kerr; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Gordon McIlwham, Nathan Ross, Andrew Hall, Jason White, Gareth Flockhart, Roland Reid. Replacements - David Hilton for Blades (18 minutes), Barry Irving for Metcalfe (29), Guy Perrett for Ross (56-65), James McLaren for Kerr (68), Martin Waite for Hall (72).Scorers - Tries, Blades, Alan Bulloch, Reid (2), Ross; conversions, Hayes (3); penalty goals, Hayes (3).Caerphilly - Seone Tuipoluto; Geraint Lewis, Taunahalo Taufahema, David Hawkins (captain), Ken Morris; Luke Richards, Andrew Jacobs; Matthew Bolton, Dean Colclough, Tim Marston, Nathan Jones, Mark Workman, Darren Davies, Simon Grainger, Andrew Williams. Replacements - Justin Hughes for Grainger (37-47), Rory Greenslade-Jones for Morris (50), Neil Watkins for Grainger (53), Graham Thomas for Marston (56), Aled Jones for Bolton (76).Scorers - Try, Hawkins; conversion, Richards; penalty goals, Richards (4); drop goal, Richards.Referee - Malcolm McEwan (Hawick).Attendance - 2973.