Defeat For Dismal Glasgow

Caerphilly 35 Glasgow 16Glasgow's nadir last season was a defeat at Caerphilly in the early stages of their league campaign and no matter the progress they have made since then, we saw again today at Virginia Park that their mental resolve remains open to question.How Glasgow, complete with status of beaten semi-finalists in the Celtic League and victors against Llanelli, Swansea and Cardiff, can perform so pitifully against a team rooted at the bottom of this season's Scottish/Welsh League remains a mystery.Caerphilly thoroughly deserved their first league success of the season._They tackled like dervishes, competed for every ball and played with a hunger that was beyond the visitors.Only Jason White and Graeme Beveridge could look back on their endeavours with much pride._Tommy Hayes, with one characteristically explosive break, did conjure a try for Glasgow in the second-half. But on a day of blustery wind and Arctic chill, he could perhaps more profitably have put boot to ball in an attempt to establish territorial dominance in the first-half, given that his midfield partners looked so out of sorts.The portents looked gloomy for Glasgow from the opening exchanges as home lock Nathan Jones was denied a try only by a knock-on while stand-off Luke Richards was wide with a drop-goal. Hooker Damien Geraghty was then recalled in the act of scoring after a forward pass from wing Geraint Lewis.Inevitably, Richards gave the hosts the lead with a 14th minute penalty and four minutes later Lewis crossed from Sione Tuipulotu's break for the game's opening try.Hayes did pull back three points with an offside penalty on the quarter hour and the remainder of a disjointed half saw Richards and Hayes exchange further penalties, Hayes fluffing a relatively straight forward chance into the bargain.Another Hayes miss four minutes into the second period reinforced the impression that this would not be Glasgow's day._That was underlined as flanker Ben Watkins charged in for Caerphilly's second try following a loose kick - to_which the home side had reacted quicker - and linkage from David Hawkins.Richards converted for an 18-6 advantage.At last Glasgow roused themselves and from Hayes searing break and release in contact, Alan Bulloch worked himself clear for their first try._The conversion went wide and as the game entered the last quarter not even a flurry of activity from the substitutes bench looked set to make much difference.A Glasgow guddle from an attempted quickly taken 22 metre drop-out enabled Richards to buttress the home lead with his third penalty for 21-11.Tuipulotu was yellow carded 12 minutes from time for a professional foul as he refused to release at close-range from Hayes" charge-down and pulverising follow-up tackle as the prelude to a sustained Glasgow attack.That was crowned in the 70th minute when Beveridge crossed off Jon Petrie's five-metre scrummage pick-up and improvised pass. Hayes again could not add the goal points but from a 16-21 deficit, Glasgow did not finish the stronger.Hawkins notched Caerphilly's third try from a simple inside pass by his stand-off and, with Tuipulotu restored, substitute Graham Thomas applied the coup de grace for the home team._Richards converted both late tries to end a painful day for Glasgow who must now regroup ahead of their home meeting with a buoyant Edinburgh on Boxing Day.Caerphilly: Sione Tuipulotu; Ken Morris, David Hawkins; Taunaholo Taufahema, Geraint Lewis; Luke Richards, Andrew Jacobs; Liam Moody, Damien Geraghty, Nafil Shalom Sebara, Nathan Jones, Neil Watkins, Ben Watkins, Mark Workman, Simon Grainger.Subs - Darren Davies for Workman (44 mins), Graham Thomas for Watkins (57 mins), Justin Hughes for Geraghty and Aled Jones for Liam Moody (both 72mins)Glasgow: Rory Kerr; Alan Bulloch, James McLaren, Jon Stuart, Michael Bartlett; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; Gordon McIlwham, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Jason White, Roland Reid, Jon Petrie, Gareth Flockhart.Subs - David Hilton for Harrison (52 mins), Gordon Simpson for Reid (53 mins) and Steve Griffiths for Ross (56 mins), Referee: Hugh Lewis (Pontypridd)Caerphilly 35 Glasgow 16Glasgow's nadir last season was a defeat at Caerphilly in the early stages of their league campaign and no matter the progress they have made since then, we saw again today at Virginia Park that their mental resolve remains open to question.How Glasgow, complete with status of beaten semi-finalists in the Celtic League and victors against Llanelli, Swansea and Cardiff, can perform so pitifully against a team rooted at the bottom of this season's Scottish/Welsh League remains a mystery.Caerphilly thoroughly deserved their first league success of the season._They tackled like dervishes, competed for every ball and played with a hunger that was beyond the visitors.Only Jason White and Graeme Beveridge could look back on their endeavours with much pride._Tommy Hayes, with one characteristically explosive break, did conjure a try for Glasgow in the second-half. But on a day of blustery wind and Arctic chill, he could perhaps more profitably have put boot to ball in an attempt to establish territorial dominance in the first-half, given that his midfield partners looked so out of sorts.The portents looked gloomy for Glasgow from the opening exchanges as home lock Nathan Jones was denied a try only by a knock-on while stand-off Luke Richards was wide with a drop-goal. Hooker Damien Geraghty was then recalled in the act of scoring after a forward pass from wing Geraint Lewis.Inevitably, Richards gave the hosts the lead with a 14th minute penalty and four minutes later Lewis crossed from Sione Tuipulotu's break for the game's opening try.Hayes did pull back three points with an offside penalty on the quarter hour and the remainder of a disjointed half saw Richards and Hayes exchange further penalties, Hayes fluffing a relatively straight forward chance into the bargain.Another Hayes miss four minutes into the second period reinforced the impression that this would not be Glasgow's day._That was underlined as flanker Ben Watkins charged in for Caerphilly's second try following a loose kick - to_which the home side had reacted quicker - and linkage from David Hawkins.Richards converted for an 18-6 advantage.At last Glasgow roused themselves and from Hayes searing break and release in contact, Alan Bulloch worked himself clear for their first try._The conversion went wide and as the game entered the last quarter not even a flurry of activity from the substitutes bench looked set to make much difference.A Glasgow guddle from an attempted quickly taken 22 metre drop-out enabled Richards to buttress the home lead with his third penalty for 21-11.Tuipulotu was yellow carded 12 minutes from time for a professional foul as he refused to release at close-range from Hayes" charge-down and pulverising follow-up tackle as the prelude to a sustained Glasgow attack.That was crowned in the 70th minute when Beveridge crossed off Jon Petrie's five-metre scrummage pick-up and improvised pass. Hayes again could not add the goal points but from a 16-21 deficit, Glasgow did not finish the stronger.Hawkins notched Caerphilly's third try from a simple inside pass by his stand-off and, with Tuipulotu restored, substitute Graham Thomas applied the coup de grace for the home team._Richards converted both late tries to end a painful day for Glasgow who must now regroup ahead of their home meeting with a buoyant Edinburgh on Boxing Day.Caerphilly: Sione Tuipulotu; Ken Morris, David Hawkins; Taunaholo Taufahema, Geraint Lewis; Luke Richards, Andrew Jacobs; Liam Moody, Damien Geraghty, Nafil Shalom Sebara, Nathan Jones, Neil Watkins, Ben Watkins, Mark Workman, Simon Grainger.Subs - Darren Davies for Workman (44 mins), Graham Thomas for Watkins (57 mins), Justin Hughes for Geraghty and Aled Jones for Liam Moody (both 72mins)Glasgow: Rory Kerr; Alan Bulloch, James McLaren, Jon Stuart, Michael Bartlett; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; Gordon McIlwham, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Jason White, Roland Reid, Jon Petrie, Gareth Flockhart.Subs - David Hilton for Harrison (52 mins), Gordon Simpson for Reid (53 mins) and Steve Griffiths for Ross (56 mins), Referee: Hugh Lewis (Pontypridd)