Glasgow Beaten By League Leaders

Llanelli 40, Glasgow 14Glasgow suffered another defeat on the road today, beaten by the Welsh/Scottish League leaders at Stradey Park. Llanelli running in five tries against Glasgow's single counter.But worse news than the result itself was that Roland Reid's comeback after 10 weeks" injury absence lasted only six minutes. The Scotland wing, playing in his other role in the back row, turned an ankle.Llanelli, warming up for their Heineken Cup semi-final against Leicester next weekend, had today's match tied up within the opening quarter of an hour with converted tries by Leigh Davies and Mark Jones. That handy lead was never really threatened by the visitors, and Jones went on to score two more tries.Glasgow, without many of their big names, spent most of a frantic first half under heavy pressure, and they had to rely on Calvin Howarth's goal-kicking to keep them in touch. Two penalty goals by Howarth, bracketing one by Gareth Bowen, kept Glasgow within two scores at 6-17 at half-time.Jones, however, scored his second try only a minute after the interval, and only then, while Scott Quinnell was in the sin bin for killing the ball, did Glasgow begin to get back into the game. Their best period of attack paved the way for a good try by Jon Steel after strong lead-up work by Jon Stuart.Once Llanelli were back to full strength, however, they soon ended Glasgow's hopes as Jones went on to complete his try hat trick. Salesi Finau completed Llanelli's handful of tries.Midway in the second half Tommy Hayes, taking over from Howarth at stand-off, made his 100th appearance for Glasgow. He is the first player to reach that Glasgow landmark, but the occasion was overshadowed by the weight of the defeat.Llanelli - Garan Evans; Mark Jones, Tal Selley, Leigh Davies, Salesi Finau; Gareth Bowen, Dwayne Peel; Phil Booth, Robin McBryde, John Davies, Vernon Cooper, Chris Wyatt, David Hodges, Ian Boobyer, Scott Quinnell (captain). Substitutes - Dafydd Jones for Boobyer (41 minutes), Guy Easterby for Peel (45), Marcus Thomas for McBryde (60), Martin Madden for John Davies (60), Luke Gross for Wyatt (60), Rupert Moon for Easterby (76), Barry Davies for Leigh Davies (78).Scorers: Tries, Jones (3), Leigh Davies, Finau; conversions, Bowen (3); penalty goals, Bowen (3). Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, James McLaren, Jon Stuart, Michael Bartlett; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Gordon McIlwham, Andy Hall, Guy Perrett, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Roland Reid. Substitutes - Tom McLaren for Reid (17), Tommy Hayes for Howarth (59), David Hilton for Gordon McIlwham (71), Dougie Hall for Bulloch (75), Colin Stewart for Andy Hall (75).Scorers: Tries, Steel; penalty goals, Howarth (3).Referee - Colin Saunders (Wales).Llanelli 40, Glasgow 14Glasgow suffered another defeat on the road today, beaten by the Welsh/Scottish League leaders at Stradey Park. Llanelli running in five tries against Glasgow's single counter.But worse news than the result itself was that Roland Reid's comeback after 10 weeks" injury absence lasted only six minutes. The Scotland wing, playing in his other role in the back row, turned an ankle.Llanelli, warming up for their Heineken Cup semi-final against Leicester next weekend, had today's match tied up within the opening quarter of an hour with converted tries by Leigh Davies and Mark Jones. That handy lead was never really threatened by the visitors, and Jones went on to score two more tries.Glasgow, without many of their big names, spent most of a frantic first half under heavy pressure, and they had to rely on Calvin Howarth's goal-kicking to keep them in touch. Two penalty goals by Howarth, bracketing one by Gareth Bowen, kept Glasgow within two scores at 6-17 at half-time.Jones, however, scored his second try only a minute after the interval, and only then, while Scott Quinnell was in the sin bin for killing the ball, did Glasgow begin to get back into the game. Their best period of attack paved the way for a good try by Jon Steel after strong lead-up work by Jon Stuart.Once Llanelli were back to full strength, however, they soon ended Glasgow's hopes as Jones went on to complete his try hat trick. Salesi Finau completed Llanelli's handful of tries.Midway in the second half Tommy Hayes, taking over from Howarth at stand-off, made his 100th appearance for Glasgow. He is the first player to reach that Glasgow landmark, but the occasion was overshadowed by the weight of the defeat.Llanelli - Garan Evans; Mark Jones, Tal Selley, Leigh Davies, Salesi Finau; Gareth Bowen, Dwayne Peel; Phil Booth, Robin McBryde, John Davies, Vernon Cooper, Chris Wyatt, David Hodges, Ian Boobyer, Scott Quinnell (captain). Substitutes - Dafydd Jones for Boobyer (41 minutes), Guy Easterby for Peel (45), Marcus Thomas for McBryde (60), Martin Madden for John Davies (60), Luke Gross for Wyatt (60), Rupert Moon for Easterby (76), Barry Davies for Leigh Davies (78).Scorers: Tries, Jones (3), Leigh Davies, Finau; conversions, Bowen (3); penalty goals, Bowen (3). Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, James McLaren, Jon Stuart, Michael Bartlett; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Gordon McIlwham, Andy Hall, Guy Perrett, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Roland Reid. Substitutes - Tom McLaren for Reid (17), Tommy Hayes for Howarth (59), David Hilton for Gordon McIlwham (71), Dougie Hall for Bulloch (75), Colin Stewart for Andy Hall (75).Scorers: Tries, Steel; penalty goals, Howarth (3).Referee - Colin Saunders (Wales).