Glasgow Notch Five Tries

Glasgow Rugby 32, Exeter Chiefs 11Glasgow were efficient rather than exciting in victory against Exeter Chiefs at Hughenden this evening. It was a case of doing enough to win with five tries to one rather than stamping their authority over the English National Division One club.Only in glimpses did Glasgow show off their best, as when Rory Kerr stepped on the accelerator to run from just inside his own half to score the first try after 15 minutes. Graeme Beveridge's long pass and Andrew Henderson's link provided the space and scope for the international wing to exploit by crossing out on the left before running round behind the posts.Henderson's fellow centre, Ian McInroy, made a crucial contribution with the initial dent to create the position for Donnie Macfadyen to go over on the right for Glasgow's second try. After 28 minutes the score was 15-3.Both were tries made by wide passes. Yet at times Glasgow allowed themselves to be sucked into Exeter's preference for a tight game. The visitors seemed content to play their rugby with a series of outside-inside passes, and they had the knack, too, of slowing down Glasgow possession.Two Exeter players, Simon Etheridge and Richard John, were shown yellow cards, the former at least for killing the ball on the ground. Yet Glasgow profited little from the consequent numerical advantage. During Etheridge's absence the only score was Tony Yapp's second penalty goal for Exeter, though it was while John was in the sin-bin that Gordon Bulloch scored Glasgow's final try.It was a useful exercise for Glasgow without the demands of playing against "big name" opposition. As a practice, the occasion allowed Glasgow to try out permutations and as many players as possible - they utilised no fewer than 12 replacements.Tonight's game was sandwiched between a disappointing defeat by Harlequins last week and a testing visit to Ulster in seven days" time. After that it is real rugby - the Celtic League begins in two weeks with Glasgow visiting Cardiff.Tommy Hayes opened the scoring for Glasgow with a penalty goal after just six minutes and added the goal points to Kerr's try, though he missed the conversion from Macfadyen's score. Yapp kicked a couple of penalty goals for Exeter, one after each Glasgow try, and at half-time the score was 15-6.Glasgow had a barren spell of almost half an hour after that second try, and it was 16 minutes after the interval before Andrew Wilson revived the scoring urge with a try under a forward drive. Two more followed inside quarter of an hour. Stuart Moffat finished off from stolen touchline possession, Calvin Howarth converting, and from another lineout, won by Gordon Simpson, a charge by Cameron Blades let Gordon Bulloch plough over.Glasgow relaxed with a 32-6 lead and paid the penalty of allowing Ed Lewsey to score a consolation try even though Kerr seemed to have covered the threat from a kick into the home left corner.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Ian McInroy, Andrew Henderson, Rory Kerr; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Steve Griffiths, Jason White (captain), Jon Petrie, Donnie Macfadyen, Gordon Simpson. Substitutes - Gavin Scott for Gordon Bulloch (21 minutes to 37), Rory McKay for Petrie (21-28), Scott for Gordon Bulloch (half-time-60), Cameron Blades for Hilton (half-time), Andrew Wilson for Macfadyen (half-time), Andrew Hall for Griffiths (half-time), Andrew Kelly for Harrison (51), Calvin Howarth for Henderson (51), Andy Nicol for Beveridge (60), Alan Bulloch for McInroy (60), Nathan Ross for White (69), McKay for Petrie (69), Ben Daly for Gordon Bulloch (71), Kenny Sinclair for Nicol (78).Scorers - Tries, Gordon Bulloch, Kerr, Macfadyen, Moffat, Wilson; conversions, Hayes, Howarth; penalty goal, Hayes.Glasgow Rugby 32, Exeter Chiefs 11Glasgow were efficient rather than exciting in victory against Exeter Chiefs at Hughenden this evening. It was a case of doing enough to win with five tries to one rather than stamping their authority over the English National Division One club.Only in glimpses did Glasgow show off their best, as when Rory Kerr stepped on the accelerator to run from just inside his own half to score the first try after 15 minutes. Graeme Beveridge's long pass and Andrew Henderson's link provided the space and scope for the international wing to exploit by crossing out on the left before running round behind the posts.Henderson's fellow centre, Ian McInroy, made a crucial contribution with the initial dent to create the position for Donnie Macfadyen to go over on the right for Glasgow's second try. After 28 minutes the score was 15-3.Both were tries made by wide passes. Yet at times Glasgow allowed themselves to be sucked into Exeter's preference for a tight game. The visitors seemed content to play their rugby with a series of outside-inside passes, and they had the knack, too, of slowing down Glasgow possession.Two Exeter players, Simon Etheridge and Richard John, were shown yellow cards, the former at least for killing the ball on the ground. Yet Glasgow profited little from the consequent numerical advantage. During Etheridge's absence the only score was Tony Yapp's second penalty goal for Exeter, though it was while John was in the sin-bin that Gordon Bulloch scored Glasgow's final try.It was a useful exercise for Glasgow without the demands of playing against "big name" opposition. As a practice, the occasion allowed Glasgow to try out permutations and as many players as possible - they utilised no fewer than 12 replacements.Tonight's game was sandwiched between a disappointing defeat by Harlequins last week and a testing visit to Ulster in seven days" time. After that it is real rugby - the Celtic League begins in two weeks with Glasgow visiting Cardiff.Tommy Hayes opened the scoring for Glasgow with a penalty goal after just six minutes and added the goal points to Kerr's try, though he missed the conversion from Macfadyen's score. Yapp kicked a couple of penalty goals for Exeter, one after each Glasgow try, and at half-time the score was 15-6.Glasgow had a barren spell of almost half an hour after that second try, and it was 16 minutes after the interval before Andrew Wilson revived the scoring urge with a try under a forward drive. Two more followed inside quarter of an hour. Stuart Moffat finished off from stolen touchline possession, Calvin Howarth converting, and from another lineout, won by Gordon Simpson, a charge by Cameron Blades let Gordon Bulloch plough over.Glasgow relaxed with a 32-6 lead and paid the penalty of allowing Ed Lewsey to score a consolation try even though Kerr seemed to have covered the threat from a kick into the home left corner.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Ian McInroy, Andrew Henderson, Rory Kerr; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Steve Griffiths, Jason White (captain), Jon Petrie, Donnie Macfadyen, Gordon Simpson. Substitutes - Gavin Scott for Gordon Bulloch (21 minutes to 37), Rory McKay for Petrie (21-28), Scott for Gordon Bulloch (half-time-60), Cameron Blades for Hilton (half-time), Andrew Wilson for Macfadyen (half-time), Andrew Hall for Griffiths (half-time), Andrew Kelly for Harrison (51), Calvin Howarth for Henderson (51), Andy Nicol for Beveridge (60), Alan Bulloch for McInroy (60), Nathan Ross for White (69), McKay for Petrie (69), Ben Daly for Gordon Bulloch (71), Kenny Sinclair for Nicol (78).Scorers - Tries, Gordon Bulloch, Kerr, Macfadyen, Moffat, Wilson; conversions, Hayes, Howarth; penalty goal, Hayes.