Another Glasgow Defeat In Wales

Neath 46, Glasgow 8Glasgow succumbed to another heavy defeat in South Wales this afternoon. Eight tries were conceded and only one scored against Neath in the Welsh/Scottish League match at The Gnoll.It was a game in which Glasgow simply could not find a way to settle. They were unable to establish possession, position and platform. Even when they had rare possession, they lacked continuity - the ball was too often lost in the tackle. That was meat and drink to Welsh All Blacks who were hungry to challenge for the league championship lead that Glasgow held back in November.A penalty goal by Calvin Howarth was Glasgow only first-half score, replying to Neath's early opening try by Kevin James, the first of four that the Neath right wing scored. But 67 minutes had gone before Michael Bartlett squeezed in at the left corner for Glasgow's only try. It was small consolation - by then, Neath were cruising at 41-8.Even before the match the fates were not kind. Glasgow had to travel without such established backs as Andy Nicol, Tommy Hayes, and James McLaren as well as two highly experienced props, David Hilton and Gordon McIlwham, and this morning they lost another capped forward, Jason White, because of a strained back. As if that were not enough, his Scotland colleague, Jon Petrie, damaged a calf muscle in the pre-match warm-up, and though he started the contest he had to be replaced by Andy Hall early in the second half.Glasgow could draw few plus points from the match. Calvin Howarth had a mainly tidy game on his first start, and Graeme Beveridge tried manfully to prompt more positive action. Yet even he crucially lost ball in a tackle, when Andy Moore countered from inside his own half to lay on a try for James that took Neath to 41-3 with less than an hour gone.Beveridge and Howarth could not exercise control when they did not have the secure set-piece platform that their opposite numbers, Moore and Lee Jarvis, enjoyed. Glasgow lineout game was not so productive as it might well have been if White had been there, though Petrie was an occasional reliable source until injury forced his departure, and the visitors" scrummage was too often and too easily twisted into trouble. In addition, Euan Murray, having replaced Cameron Blades midway in the second half, had trouble satisfying the referee's interpretation of legal scrummage practice.In the loose, hunting for breakdown ball, Donnie Macfadyen hinted that he was recovering his old sharpness. Yet he was outshone by his opposite number, Brett Sinkinson.James, with his four tries, may have been the main instrument of Glasgow's destruction, but the Neath midfield trio, Jarvis, James Storey, and Dave Tiueti, and the blind-side flanker, Nathan Bonner-Evans, made the bullets for the right wing to fire.Neath's centres made the running for the wing's first try - before Glasgow had even ventured in the home half. Glasgow's first incursion across the halfway line produced the occasion for Howarth's penalty goal, after a high tackle on Jon Steel.Tiueti dented the defence before Shane Williams put Gareth Morris over after 25 minutes. But Glasgow, down 3-12, could still have been in the hunt with little more than five minutes before the interval. Then a Jarvis kick to his right corner bounced cruelly for Glasgow and kindly for James to score his second try, and when Andy Henderson knocked on in a tackle at halfway Neath were swift to counter for a third James try.Immediately before that fourth Neath score, Steve Griffiths took a severe knock to the face, and Glasgow were left with a dilemma. They had only three forwards on the bench (because of Guy Perrett's promotion to the starting team after White's withdrawal), Andy Hall was already on the field as a blood replacement for Petrie, and if Dougie Hall had substituted for Griffiths he would have had to stay on. So Glasgow risked playing the last couple of minutes of the first half with only 14 men.Griffiths resumed for the second half, as did Petrie, but Neath could not be restrained. Their 22-3 half-time lead soon stretched to 24 points when a fearsome drive from a lineout 20 metres ended with a try for Barry Williams, and only nine minutes into the second half Neath were 34-3 ahead with a Tiueti try after Jarvis had run back - and through the opposition - off Howarth's long 22 drop-out.Jarvis converted, and Glasgow were staring at the possibility of a half-century deficit. But the try-count in the last half-hour was only 2-1 to Neath. Jarvis converted the fourth James try, after 58 minutes, and Bartlett responded from Steel's incursion on the right, Howarth's long pass left, and Gordon Bulloch's defence-committing charge. It was only three minutes from the end that Andy Howells went in from a close-range tapped penalty.Neath - Gareth Morris; Kevin James, Dave Tiueti, James Storey, Shane Williams; Lee Jarvis, Andy Moore; Duncan Jones, Barry Williams, Andrew Millard, Steve Martin, Gareth Llewellyn (captain), Richard Francis, Brett Sinkinson, Nathan Bonner-Evans. Substitutes - Andrew Howells for Millward (52 minutes), Steve Tandy and Steve Jones for Williams and Sinkinson (58), Allan Bateman for Storey (64), Shaun Connor for Jarvis (68), Millward for Duncan Jones (70), Dean Dewdney for James (73), Rowland Phillips for Llewellyn (77).Scorers: Tries, James (4),Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Michael Bartlett; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Steve Griffiths, Guy Perrett, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Andy Hall for Petrie (37 to half-time and 50), Jon Stuart for Henderson (52), Euan Murray for Blades (58).Scorers: Try, Bartlett; penalty goal, Howarth.Referee - Hugh Watkins (Birchgrove).Neath 46, Glasgow 8Glasgow succumbed to another heavy defeat in South Wales this afternoon. Eight tries were conceded and only one scored against Neath in the Welsh/Scottish League match at The Gnoll.It was a game in which Glasgow simply could not find a way to settle. They were unable to establish possession, position and platform. Even when they had rare possession, they lacked continuity - the ball was too often lost in the tackle. That was meat and drink to Welsh All Blacks who were hungry to challenge for the league championship lead that Glasgow held back in November.A penalty goal by Calvin Howarth was Glasgow only first-half score, replying to Neath's early opening try by Kevin James, the first of four that the Neath right wing scored. But 67 minutes had gone before Michael Bartlett squeezed in at the left corner for Glasgow's only try. It was small consolation - by then, Neath were cruising at 41-8.Even before the match the fates were not kind. Glasgow had to travel without such established backs as Andy Nicol, Tommy Hayes, and James McLaren as well as two highly experienced props, David Hilton and Gordon McIlwham, and this morning they lost another capped forward, Jason White, because of a strained back. As if that were not enough, his Scotland colleague, Jon Petrie, damaged a calf muscle in the pre-match warm-up, and though he started the contest he had to be replaced by Andy Hall early in the second half.Glasgow could draw few plus points from the match. Calvin Howarth had a mainly tidy game on his first start, and Graeme Beveridge tried manfully to prompt more positive action. Yet even he crucially lost ball in a tackle, when Andy Moore countered from inside his own half to lay on a try for James that took Neath to 41-3 with less than an hour gone.Beveridge and Howarth could not exercise control when they did not have the secure set-piece platform that their opposite numbers, Moore and Lee Jarvis, enjoyed. Glasgow lineout game was not so productive as it might well have been if White had been there, though Petrie was an occasional reliable source until injury forced his departure, and the visitors" scrummage was too often and too easily twisted into trouble. In addition, Euan Murray, having replaced Cameron Blades midway in the second half, had trouble satisfying the referee's interpretation of legal scrummage practice.In the loose, hunting for breakdown ball, Donnie Macfadyen hinted that he was recovering his old sharpness. Yet he was outshone by his opposite number, Brett Sinkinson.James, with his four tries, may have been the main instrument of Glasgow's destruction, but the Neath midfield trio, Jarvis, James Storey, and Dave Tiueti, and the blind-side flanker, Nathan Bonner-Evans, made the bullets for the right wing to fire.Neath's centres made the running for the wing's first try - before Glasgow had even ventured in the home half. Glasgow's first incursion across the halfway line produced the occasion for Howarth's penalty goal, after a high tackle on Jon Steel.Tiueti dented the defence before Shane Williams put Gareth Morris over after 25 minutes. But Glasgow, down 3-12, could still have been in the hunt with little more than five minutes before the interval. Then a Jarvis kick to his right corner bounced cruelly for Glasgow and kindly for James to score his second try, and when Andy Henderson knocked on in a tackle at halfway Neath were swift to counter for a third James try.Immediately before that fourth Neath score, Steve Griffiths took a severe knock to the face, and Glasgow were left with a dilemma. They had only three forwards on the bench (because of Guy Perrett's promotion to the starting team after White's withdrawal), Andy Hall was already on the field as a blood replacement for Petrie, and if Dougie Hall had substituted for Griffiths he would have had to stay on. So Glasgow risked playing the last couple of minutes of the first half with only 14 men.Griffiths resumed for the second half, as did Petrie, but Neath could not be restrained. Their 22-3 half-time lead soon stretched to 24 points when a fearsome drive from a lineout 20 metres ended with a try for Barry Williams, and only nine minutes into the second half Neath were 34-3 ahead with a Tiueti try after Jarvis had run back - and through the opposition - off Howarth's long 22 drop-out.Jarvis converted, and Glasgow were staring at the possibility of a half-century deficit. But the try-count in the last half-hour was only 2-1 to Neath. Jarvis converted the fourth James try, after 58 minutes, and Bartlett responded from Steel's incursion on the right, Howarth's long pass left, and Gordon Bulloch's defence-committing charge. It was only three minutes from the end that Andy Howells went in from a close-range tapped penalty.Neath - Gareth Morris; Kevin James, Dave Tiueti, James Storey, Shane Williams; Lee Jarvis, Andy Moore; Duncan Jones, Barry Williams, Andrew Millard, Steve Martin, Gareth Llewellyn (captain), Richard Francis, Brett Sinkinson, Nathan Bonner-Evans. Substitutes - Andrew Howells for Millward (52 minutes), Steve Tandy and Steve Jones for Williams and Sinkinson (58), Allan Bateman for Storey (64), Shaun Connor for Jarvis (68), Millward for Duncan Jones (70), Dean Dewdney for James (73), Rowland Phillips for Llewellyn (77).Scorers: Tries, James (4),Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Michael Bartlett; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Steve Griffiths, Guy Perrett, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Andy Hall for Petrie (37 to half-time and 50), Jon Stuart for Henderson (52), Euan Murray for Blades (58).Scorers: Try, Bartlett; penalty goal, Howarth.Referee - Hugh Watkins (Birchgrove).