Heavy Defeat For Glasgow

Newport 55, Glasgow 5Glasgow suffered a bout of the 'south Wales bug" at Rodney Parade tonight. The ailment was in its most severe form, with Newport running in nine tries to Glasgow's single late counter.Even if Glasgow can find a cure in time for their three remaining away games in the Welsh/Scottish League, it would be too late. The result meant that Newport moved to the top of the league table, a point ahead of Llanelli, whereas Glasgow, one-time league leaders, are now low among those in the "also ran" category.It was all the more frustrating for Glasgow to know that, 50 miles to the west, Edinburgh had found an antidote for the virus in beating Swansea 27-22 at St Helen's. Symptoms were obvious at Newport after less than three minutes" play, with Andy Powell scoring the opening try. The sickness was at its worst in the 22 minutes which spanned first-half added time and the 18 after the interval. In that time Newport scored five of their tries. The margin was 50-0 after less than an hour, and the stark reality of a record defeat was staring Glasgow in their faces.Fortunately, the illness eased in the last quarter with a mixture of Glasgow's tighter rugby and Newport's more lax game. Jon Stuart notched Glasgow's only score, and it was two minutes into injury time before Matthew Watkins had the last home try.The 'south Wales" virus manifest itself in several ways. Glasgow's lineout was not so efficient as it can usually be on their own throw, the scrummage creaked for much of the game, ball-retention lacked security, and the close-quarter defence leaked four of the nine tries, as when Powell and Ofisa Tonu"u combined off scrum possession for the No.8 forward's opening try. Tonu"u went on to score three of his own.Yet Glasgow came back from that early loss. Tommy Hayes, seeking to use the strong downfield wind, was just wide with two penalties from inside his own half. Nor was he far away with a drop at goal from only slightly shorter range, and when Rory Kerr cut through almost to the right corner from about 35 metres out it was the prelude to what was to be Glasgow's longest phase of sustained pressure in the game. The visitors turned the screw off three successive lineouts in that corner, Andy Hall winning two and Steve Griffiths the other, and Graeme Beveridge was only inches away as he tried to dart in below the radar.As soon as that Glasgow siege was raised, however, Tonu"u scored the first of his tries with a quickly tapped penalty about 30 metres out midway in the first half. Shane Howarth converted, and the scrum half was involved in another try after half an hour. Matt Pini's long run from halfway created the position for Tonu"u to link with Jason Forster for Rod Snow to score.Newport's 17-point lead was extended with two killer blows in first-half added time. The home pack pushed over for Tonu"u's second try, Howarth converting, and when Forster, exploiting a tackle on Andy Henderson, ran from halfway into the Glasgow 22 Snow linked for Peter Buxton to score. Newport led 29-0 at half-time despite having been playing against the strong wind.During that time, too, Hayes, Glasgow's play-maker, and Steve Griffiths each took a leg knock. Griffiths was replaced by Nathan Ross immediately after the pushover try. But Hayes stayed on until the interval before Graeme Kiddie took over at stand-off.Three more tries followed in the third quarter. That man Tonu"u escaped through a seemingly impassable clutter for his third, the home back row combined from a halfway scrum for Forster to score, and Adrian Garvey ploughed over from close range for Newport's eighth.Howarth converted all three, raising the half-century, and thereafter Glasgow had to concentrate on limiting further damage. They achieved that and a little more. On a rare sortie into the Newport half, Glenn Metcalfe ran the ball back at the opposition from a wayward kick, and the full back's half-break opened the way for Stuart to finish off in 73 minutes.However, further Newport pressure eventually procured a try for Watkins after two minutes of added time. It was no consolation for Glasgow that Howarth missed the goal from almost straight on to the posts.Newport - Matt Pini; Matt Mostyn, Andrew Marinos, Matthew Watkins, Ben Breeze; Shane Howarth, Ofisa Tonu"u; Rod Snow, James Richards, Chris Anthony, Simon Raiwalui (captain), Ian Gough, Peter Buxton, Jason Forster, Andrew Powell. Substitutes - Adrian Garvey for Anthony (46 minutes), Alix Popham for Andrew Powell (53), Dale Burn for Tonu"u (60), Jason Strange for Pini (61), Nathan Brew for Breeze (65), Paul Young for Richards (67), Joe Powell for Buxton (67).Scorers: Tries, Buxton, Forster, Garvey, Andrew Powell, Snow, Tonu"u (3), Watkins; conversions, Howarth (5).Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; James McLaren, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Rory Kerr; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Dougie Hall, Gordon McIlwham, Andy Hall, Steve Griffiths, Jason White (captain), Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Nathan Ross for Griffiths (40), Graeme Kiddie for Hayes (half-time), Lee Harrison for McIlwham (48), Jon Stuart for Henderson (61), Gavin Scott for Dougie Hall (67), Guy Perrett for Andy Hall (67).Scorers: Try, Stuart.Referee - Paul Adams (Ebbw Vale).Newport 55, Glasgow 5Glasgow suffered a bout of the 'south Wales bug" at Rodney Parade tonight. The ailment was in its most severe form, with Newport running in nine tries to Glasgow's single late counter.Even if Glasgow can find a cure in time for their three remaining away games in the Welsh/Scottish League, it would be too late. The result meant that Newport moved to the top of the league table, a point ahead of Llanelli, whereas Glasgow, one-time league leaders, are now low among those in the "also ran" category.It was all the more frustrating for Glasgow to know that, 50 miles to the west, Edinburgh had found an antidote for the virus in beating Swansea 27-22 at St Helen's. Symptoms were obvious at Newport after less than three minutes" play, with Andy Powell scoring the opening try. The sickness was at its worst in the 22 minutes which spanned first-half added time and the 18 after the interval. In that time Newport scored five of their tries. The margin was 50-0 after less than an hour, and the stark reality of a record defeat was staring Glasgow in their faces.Fortunately, the illness eased in the last quarter with a mixture of Glasgow's tighter rugby and Newport's more lax game. Jon Stuart notched Glasgow's only score, and it was two minutes into injury time before Matthew Watkins had the last home try.The 'south Wales" virus manifest itself in several ways. Glasgow's lineout was not so efficient as it can usually be on their own throw, the scrummage creaked for much of the game, ball-retention lacked security, and the close-quarter defence leaked four of the nine tries, as when Powell and Ofisa Tonu"u combined off scrum possession for the No.8 forward's opening try. Tonu"u went on to score three of his own.Yet Glasgow came back from that early loss. Tommy Hayes, seeking to use the strong downfield wind, was just wide with two penalties from inside his own half. Nor was he far away with a drop at goal from only slightly shorter range, and when Rory Kerr cut through almost to the right corner from about 35 metres out it was the prelude to what was to be Glasgow's longest phase of sustained pressure in the game. The visitors turned the screw off three successive lineouts in that corner, Andy Hall winning two and Steve Griffiths the other, and Graeme Beveridge was only inches away as he tried to dart in below the radar.As soon as that Glasgow siege was raised, however, Tonu"u scored the first of his tries with a quickly tapped penalty about 30 metres out midway in the first half. Shane Howarth converted, and the scrum half was involved in another try after half an hour. Matt Pini's long run from halfway created the position for Tonu"u to link with Jason Forster for Rod Snow to score.Newport's 17-point lead was extended with two killer blows in first-half added time. The home pack pushed over for Tonu"u's second try, Howarth converting, and when Forster, exploiting a tackle on Andy Henderson, ran from halfway into the Glasgow 22 Snow linked for Peter Buxton to score. Newport led 29-0 at half-time despite having been playing against the strong wind.During that time, too, Hayes, Glasgow's play-maker, and Steve Griffiths each took a leg knock. Griffiths was replaced by Nathan Ross immediately after the pushover try. But Hayes stayed on until the interval before Graeme Kiddie took over at stand-off.Three more tries followed in the third quarter. That man Tonu"u escaped through a seemingly impassable clutter for his third, the home back row combined from a halfway scrum for Forster to score, and Adrian Garvey ploughed over from close range for Newport's eighth.Howarth converted all three, raising the half-century, and thereafter Glasgow had to concentrate on limiting further damage. They achieved that and a little more. On a rare sortie into the Newport half, Glenn Metcalfe ran the ball back at the opposition from a wayward kick, and the full back's half-break opened the way for Stuart to finish off in 73 minutes.However, further Newport pressure eventually procured a try for Watkins after two minutes of added time. It was no consolation for Glasgow that Howarth missed the goal from almost straight on to the posts.Newport - Matt Pini; Matt Mostyn, Andrew Marinos, Matthew Watkins, Ben Breeze; Shane Howarth, Ofisa Tonu"u; Rod Snow, James Richards, Chris Anthony, Simon Raiwalui (captain), Ian Gough, Peter Buxton, Jason Forster, Andrew Powell. Substitutes - Adrian Garvey for Anthony (46 minutes), Alix Popham for Andrew Powell (53), Dale Burn for Tonu"u (60), Jason Strange for Pini (61), Nathan Brew for Breeze (65), Paul Young for Richards (67), Joe Powell for Buxton (67).Scorers: Tries, Buxton, Forster, Garvey, Andrew Powell, Snow, Tonu"u (3), Watkins; conversions, Howarth (5).Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; James McLaren, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Rory Kerr; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Dougie Hall, Gordon McIlwham, Andy Hall, Steve Griffiths, Jason White (captain), Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Nathan Ross for Griffiths (40), Graeme Kiddie for Hayes (half-time), Lee Harrison for McIlwham (48), Jon Stuart for Henderson (61), Gavin Scott for Dougie Hall (67), Guy Perrett for Andy Hall (67).Scorers: Try, Stuart.Referee - Paul Adams (Ebbw Vale).