Glasgow Too Much On Back Foot

Glasgow 7, Harlequins 26It was not a dream start for Kiwi Searancke in his first game as Glasgow's new coach. Harlequins departed Hughenden tonight leaving the newcomer with much to ponder.However, it was an entertaining contest, even in Glasgow eyes, and the home coach could draw positives from a defeat that could have been worse if the margin had reflected the visitors" territorial dominance. For well over 60% of the match Glasgow were on the back foot, but especially in the second half, as the coach observed afterwards, the defensive alignment and awareness improved. He also saw enough to acknowledge that Glasgow had the ability and talent to play the game with width.Early in the match Glasgow hinted at that facility when Stuart Moffat, the hosts" new full back, striding through on to a long pass, made ground into the visitors" half, but a loose pass denied Jon Steel the scope to make more of that venture. Soon afterwards Steel had the space to show he could take on an opponent on the outside. In addition, Rory McKay, another newcomer, and Andy Hall breenged off lineout ball, and Nathan Ross put himself about.Yet nothing developed from all of that in the first quarter. Promise foundered on Glasgow's lack of security in ball-retention, even in the lineout, which had been an area of strength when Glasgow were at their best last season.Instead, Harlequins - who included such notables as Keith Wood, Will Greenwood, and Tony Diprose - had the two first-half tries. Nathan Williams ran the perfect angle to puncture Glasgow's defence for the first, after only six minutes, and Matthew Powell scored a simple try off scrummage ball midway in the first half. Paul Burke converted both, giving Harlequins a 14-0 lead at the interval.A well controlled, driving, rolling maul off a lineout 10 metres out ended with Ace Tiatia scoring under a pile-up in 57 minutes, David Slemen converting. Harlequins" fourth try, five minutes later, derived from a turn-over deep in their own half, Matt Moore winning the race on the chase from a kick ahead.It was only then that Glasgow's dogged game had its reward, when, as a mirror of Tiatia's try, Jason White scored from a lineout drive. Tommy Hayes converted.Like Moffat and McKay, Ben Daly, Glasgow's Australian recruit, made his debut. So did Andrew Wilson, the former Scotland Under-21 flanker, and Rob Seib, the centre borrowed from Aberdeen Grammar for the evening.Glasgow will be looking for an improvement when they return to Hughenden a week today for another warm-up match against English opposition, this time against Exeter Chiefs.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Ian McInroy; Calvin Howarth, Andy Nicol (captain); Cameron Blades, Ben Daly, Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Andy Hall, Rory McKay, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Gordon Bulloch for Daly (half-time), Jason White for Hall (half-time), Tommy Hayes for Howarth (58 minutes), Andrew Kelly for Blades (58), Andrew Wilson for Macfadyen (58), Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (62), Rob Seib for Alan Bulloch (66), Gordon Simpson for McKay (66). Replacements not used - Gordon Sykes, Gavin Scott. Scorers - Try, White; conversion, Hayes.Glasgow 7, Harlequins 26It was not a dream start for Kiwi Searancke in his first game as Glasgow's new coach. Harlequins departed Hughenden tonight leaving the newcomer with much to ponder.However, it was an entertaining contest, even in Glasgow eyes, and the home coach could draw positives from a defeat that could have been worse if the margin had reflected the visitors" territorial dominance. For well over 60% of the match Glasgow were on the back foot, but especially in the second half, as the coach observed afterwards, the defensive alignment and awareness improved. He also saw enough to acknowledge that Glasgow had the ability and talent to play the game with width.Early in the match Glasgow hinted at that facility when Stuart Moffat, the hosts" new full back, striding through on to a long pass, made ground into the visitors" half, but a loose pass denied Jon Steel the scope to make more of that venture. Soon afterwards Steel had the space to show he could take on an opponent on the outside. In addition, Rory McKay, another newcomer, and Andy Hall breenged off lineout ball, and Nathan Ross put himself about.Yet nothing developed from all of that in the first quarter. Promise foundered on Glasgow's lack of security in ball-retention, even in the lineout, which had been an area of strength when Glasgow were at their best last season.Instead, Harlequins - who included such notables as Keith Wood, Will Greenwood, and Tony Diprose - had the two first-half tries. Nathan Williams ran the perfect angle to puncture Glasgow's defence for the first, after only six minutes, and Matthew Powell scored a simple try off scrummage ball midway in the first half. Paul Burke converted both, giving Harlequins a 14-0 lead at the interval.A well controlled, driving, rolling maul off a lineout 10 metres out ended with Ace Tiatia scoring under a pile-up in 57 minutes, David Slemen converting. Harlequins" fourth try, five minutes later, derived from a turn-over deep in their own half, Matt Moore winning the race on the chase from a kick ahead.It was only then that Glasgow's dogged game had its reward, when, as a mirror of Tiatia's try, Jason White scored from a lineout drive. Tommy Hayes converted.Like Moffat and McKay, Ben Daly, Glasgow's Australian recruit, made his debut. So did Andrew Wilson, the former Scotland Under-21 flanker, and Rob Seib, the centre borrowed from Aberdeen Grammar for the evening.Glasgow will be looking for an improvement when they return to Hughenden a week today for another warm-up match against English opposition, this time against Exeter Chiefs.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Ian McInroy; Calvin Howarth, Andy Nicol (captain); Cameron Blades, Ben Daly, Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Andy Hall, Rory McKay, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Gordon Bulloch for Daly (half-time), Jason White for Hall (half-time), Tommy Hayes for Howarth (58 minutes), Andrew Kelly for Blades (58), Andrew Wilson for Macfadyen (58), Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (62), Rob Seib for Alan Bulloch (66), Gordon Simpson for McKay (66). Replacements not used - Gordon Sykes, Gavin Scott. Scorers - Try, White; conversion, Hayes.