Glasgow End Barren Run In Wales

Ebbw Vale 18 Glasgow 37Glasgow posted their first victory on Welsh soil in 2002 with a comprehensive five tries to two success against Ebbw Vale at Eugene Cross Park on Saturday.The hosts, who did not spark as they had against Edinburgh in midweek, could not respond to the occasional pace and continuity that characterised Glasgow's scores._Glasgow, too, would be pleased with the contribution of Andrew Hall who worked tirelessly in the second-row and the belligerence of Jon Petrie and Donnie Macfadyen in the back-row. Although Glasgow still had maddening episodes where they turned over ball and played without zip, their confidence appears to have been low and to triumph on their third successive weekend on the road should at least buoy them ahead of the three home games with which they finish the Scottish/Welsh League programme.Glasgow could not have enjoyed a much better start._From the kick-off they pirated home posssession_and Alan Bulloch broke in midfield before Glenn Metcalfe crashed over._Tommy Hayes converted for a 7-0 lead.Ebbw Vale full-back Gareth Cull pulled back three points with a penalty from half-way but that was immediately cancelled out by Hayes" first penalty.As the game entered its second quarter, Andrew Henderson and Alan Bulloch menaced on the right and from a rapid switch left, Andrew Hall's intelligent pass saw Metcalfe intrude at pace for Donnie Macfadyen to cross for a fine try._Hayes converted for a 17-3 lead after 22 minutes.Hayes then contrived to put his side under the cosh as he dropped out straight into touch, the visitors" defence then withstanding threatening drives off a close-range lineout.However with Glasgow's diffidence again shelved, Jon Petrie's hard-running from a scrum pick-up in centre field and good handling enabled Macfadyen to_demonstrate pace and determination to beat two backs for his second try.Glasgow's 22-3 half-time lead was reduced quickly by Cull's second penalty but when Hayes was obstructed in pursuit of his own kick-ahead inside the home 22 the stand-off again replied in kind.Ebbw Vale achieved sporadic rallies in a last quarter - which started with Graeme Beveridge sniping over from a scrum five for Glasgow's fourth try - and they did open their try account through a score out wide by Rhys Shorney._Cull's goal narrowed Glasgow's lead to 30-13.Beveridge completed his try brace when he capitalised on ruck ball on the home 22 to spreadeagle the shattered remnants of the home defence for substitute Calvin Howarth to convert.The hosts had the last word through Iestyn Thomas's drive-over try from a lineout five metres out, but Glasgow's last visit of the season to Wales had at least ended with a business-like win.Ebbw Vale - Gareth Cull; Aaron Takarangi, Rhys Shorney, David Weatherley, Daniel Rogers; Paul Matthews, Andrew Bevan; Iestyn Thomas (captain), Jon Evans, Martin Jones, Ockert Booyse, Neil Edwards, Kati Tuipolotu, Tyrone Morris, Will Thomas.Substitutes - Damien Penisini, Chris Bevan, Damien Hudd, Gavin Evans, Matt James, Andrew Wagstaff. Scorers: Tries, Shorney, Iestyn Thomas; conversions: Cull; penalty try, Cull (2).Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Michael Bartlett; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Gordon McIlwham, Guy Perrett, Andrew Hall, Gordon Simpson, Jon Petrie, Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - James Craig for Bartlett (40 minutes), Richie Maxton for Simpson (42), Calvin Howarth for Hayes (64), Lee Harrison for Blades (67), Colin Stewart for Hall (75), Kenny Sinclair for Beveridge (80). Scorers: Tries, Beveridge (2), Macfadyen (2), Metcalfe; conversions, Hayes (2), Howarth; penalty goals, Hayes (2).Referee - Keri Evans (WRU)Ebbw Vale 18 Glasgow 37Glasgow posted their first victory on Welsh soil in 2002 with a comprehensive five tries to two success against Ebbw Vale at Eugene Cross Park on Saturday.The hosts, who did not spark as they had against Edinburgh in midweek, could not respond to the occasional pace and continuity that characterised Glasgow's scores._Glasgow, too, would be pleased with the contribution of Andrew Hall who worked tirelessly in the second-row and the belligerence of Jon Petrie and Donnie Macfadyen in the back-row. Although Glasgow still had maddening episodes where they turned over ball and played without zip, their confidence appears to have been low and to triumph on their third successive weekend on the road should at least buoy them ahead of the three home games with which they finish the Scottish/Welsh League programme.Glasgow could not have enjoyed a much better start._From the kick-off they pirated home posssession_and Alan Bulloch broke in midfield before Glenn Metcalfe crashed over._Tommy Hayes converted for a 7-0 lead.Ebbw Vale full-back Gareth Cull pulled back three points with a penalty from half-way but that was immediately cancelled out by Hayes" first penalty.As the game entered its second quarter, Andrew Henderson and Alan Bulloch menaced on the right and from a rapid switch left, Andrew Hall's intelligent pass saw Metcalfe intrude at pace for Donnie Macfadyen to cross for a fine try._Hayes converted for a 17-3 lead after 22 minutes.Hayes then contrived to put his side under the cosh as he dropped out straight into touch, the visitors" defence then withstanding threatening drives off a close-range lineout.However with Glasgow's diffidence again shelved, Jon Petrie's hard-running from a scrum pick-up in centre field and good handling enabled Macfadyen to_demonstrate pace and determination to beat two backs for his second try.Glasgow's 22-3 half-time lead was reduced quickly by Cull's second penalty but when Hayes was obstructed in pursuit of his own kick-ahead inside the home 22 the stand-off again replied in kind.Ebbw Vale achieved sporadic rallies in a last quarter - which started with Graeme Beveridge sniping over from a scrum five for Glasgow's fourth try - and they did open their try account through a score out wide by Rhys Shorney._Cull's goal narrowed Glasgow's lead to 30-13.Beveridge completed his try brace when he capitalised on ruck ball on the home 22 to spreadeagle the shattered remnants of the home defence for substitute Calvin Howarth to convert.The hosts had the last word through Iestyn Thomas's drive-over try from a lineout five metres out, but Glasgow's last visit of the season to Wales had at least ended with a business-like win.Ebbw Vale - Gareth Cull; Aaron Takarangi, Rhys Shorney, David Weatherley, Daniel Rogers; Paul Matthews, Andrew Bevan; Iestyn Thomas (captain), Jon Evans, Martin Jones, Ockert Booyse, Neil Edwards, Kati Tuipolotu, Tyrone Morris, Will Thomas.Substitutes - Damien Penisini, Chris Bevan, Damien Hudd, Gavin Evans, Matt James, Andrew Wagstaff. Scorers: Tries, Shorney, Iestyn Thomas; conversions: Cull; penalty try, Cull (2).Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Michael Bartlett; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Gordon McIlwham, Guy Perrett, Andrew Hall, Gordon Simpson, Jon Petrie, Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - James Craig for Bartlett (40 minutes), Richie Maxton for Simpson (42), Calvin Howarth for Hayes (64), Lee Harrison for Blades (67), Colin Stewart for Hall (75), Kenny Sinclair for Beveridge (80). Scorers: Tries, Beveridge (2), Macfadyen (2), Metcalfe; conversions, Hayes (2), Howarth; penalty goals, Hayes (2).Referee - Keri Evans (WRU)