Glasgow'S 22-Point Winning Finale Stuns Newport

Newport 25, Glasgow 31Glasgow fired up 22 points in 11 minutes to grab an amazing triumph in the sunshine at Rodney Parade this afternoon. A deficit of 9-25 was turned over into a six-point win that kept Glasgow at the top of their Celtic League section with three out of three.It was a classic case of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. More important, the comeback proved that this Glasgow team have belief in themselves. They knew that they still had it in them to win even when they were on the wrong end of a 3-0 try-count.No more will Glasgow travel as underdogs to South Wales - or anywhere else. They have to be respected after successive away wins in Cardiff and here in Newport.Tommy Hayes sparked off Glasgow's recovery with a penalty goal from all of 45 metres into the breeze after 70 minutes. That drew Newport back to 25-12, less than two major scores ahead, and barely two minutes later Glasgow were into the bonus-point margin when Hayes ran in a try to add to his four penalty goals. A game that had almost gone was suddenly well within reach.Jon Petrie laid the ground for that score by tying in Newport's loose lineout ball. Glenn Metcalfe cut through the middle at pace, and Andrew Henderson (only a minute on the field as a replacement) extended the thrust for Calvin Howarth to send Hayes over.Hayes converted, and almost immediately Glasgow swept back at Newport. Gordon Simpson galloped up the left, Henderson made further inroads on the right, Jason White had a dunt at the line, and though Andrew Wilson's pass to the left went astray Stuart Moffat gathered it in to power through. The Hayes conversion from wide on the left put Glasgow into the lead, where they not been since the fifth minute of the match.By then, the Newport heads were down, and Howarth was only inches away from a try after a storming run by Wilson. But a clinching try was not long denied. Ben Daly created it in added time by blocking a clearing kick, and from a goal-line ruck Graeme Beveridge sent Simpson in.Glasgow pressure early in the game had been far less productive despite Hayes's break and Moffat's dart at the line in the first minute. A 48-metre penalty goal by Hayes after three minutes, aided by the following breeze, was answered in kind by Jason Strange from less than half that distance.Nor did patience pay off for Glasgow. No fewer than nine phases of recycling possession died after Metcalfe had thrust into the opposition 22. Soon afterwards it seemed that fates were definitely against Glasgow when a loose pass on halfway allowed Newport to sweep back for Andrew Powell to score.A thrust by Nathan Ross, Donnie Macfadyen, and Lee Harrison created the position for a second Hayes penalty goal after 17 minutes. But Newport had the better of the second quarter. Ofisa Tonu"u was only just denied a try from his close-range tapped penalty, Strange's easy break off scrummage ball sent Jason Forster over, and Strange added the conversion as well as a penalty goal for an 18-6 lead after 35 minutes.White's lineout steal provided the means for a third Hayes penalty goal just before the interval. In first-half injury time he was only just short with a penalty from just inside his own half, but the 18-9 margin was quickly stretched in the first minute of the second half, when Powell's charge through the middle let Snow through for a try. Strange converted, and Newport were 16 points up.For nearly half an hour the scoreline was unchanged. Play was at times frantic, and each side had chances, Glasgow notably when Jon Steel sliced through from halfway to release Metcalfe, who would have scored but for Matt Mostyn's hand-trip.Conversely, when Newport countered from deep Snow held on to seek to go through on his own when the right wing, Mostyn, was clear outside. A try then would surely have secured the match for Newport - Glasgow would have had no way back.Relieved by that escape, the visitors answered when Alan Bulloch was narrowly thwarted off his close-range tapped penalty, and soon afterwards Newport replaced their play-maker, Tonu"u. It may have been a coincidence, but it was then that the visitors shot in 22 points in those 11 minutes that have earned Glasgow respect in South Wales.Newport supporters were voicing congratulations as the Glasgow players were leaving the ground. Such respect from the Welsh is not readily handed out to rugby visitors.Newport - Shane Howarth; Matt Mostyn, Haldane Luscombe, Andrew Marinos, Andrew Wagstaff; Jason Strange, Ofisa Tonu"u; Ceri Jones, Paul Young, Chris Anthony, Simon Raiwalui, Mike Voyle, Steve Ojomoh, Jason Forster, Andrew Powell. Substitutes - Rod Snow for Jones (20 minutes), James Richards for Young (half-time - 45 & 60), Alix Popham for Ojomoh (60), Jon Pritchard for Luscombe (66), Dale Burn for Tonu"u (69), Matt Pini for Strange (71).Tries, Forster, Powell, Snow; conversions, Strange (2); penalty goals, Strange (2).Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Tommy Hayes, Glenn Metcalfe; Calvin Howarth, Andy Nicol (captain); David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Jason White, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Andrew Wilson for Macfadyen (half-time), Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (56), Andrew Hall for Ross (57), Ben Daly for Gordon Bulloch (66), Andrew Henderson for Alan Bulloch (69).Tries, Hayes, Moffat, Simpson; conversions, Hayes (2); penalty goals, Hayes (4).Referee - Alan Taylor (Ireland).Newport 25, Glasgow 31Glasgow fired up 22 points in 11 minutes to grab an amazing triumph in the sunshine at Rodney Parade this afternoon. A deficit of 9-25 was turned over into a six-point win that kept Glasgow at the top of their Celtic League section with three out of three.It was a classic case of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. More important, the comeback proved that this Glasgow team have belief in themselves. They knew that they still had it in them to win even when they were on the wrong end of a 3-0 try-count.No more will Glasgow travel as underdogs to South Wales - or anywhere else. They have to be respected after successive away wins in Cardiff and here in Newport.Tommy Hayes sparked off Glasgow's recovery with a penalty goal from all of 45 metres into the breeze after 70 minutes. That drew Newport back to 25-12, less than two major scores ahead, and barely two minutes later Glasgow were into the bonus-point margin when Hayes ran in a try to add to his four penalty goals. A game that had almost gone was suddenly well within reach.Jon Petrie laid the ground for that score by tying in Newport's loose lineout ball. Glenn Metcalfe cut through the middle at pace, and Andrew Henderson (only a minute on the field as a replacement) extended the thrust for Calvin Howarth to send Hayes over.Hayes converted, and almost immediately Glasgow swept back at Newport. Gordon Simpson galloped up the left, Henderson made further inroads on the right, Jason White had a dunt at the line, and though Andrew Wilson's pass to the left went astray Stuart Moffat gathered it in to power through. The Hayes conversion from wide on the left put Glasgow into the lead, where they not been since the fifth minute of the match.By then, the Newport heads were down, and Howarth was only inches away from a try after a storming run by Wilson. But a clinching try was not long denied. Ben Daly created it in added time by blocking a clearing kick, and from a goal-line ruck Graeme Beveridge sent Simpson in.Glasgow pressure early in the game had been far less productive despite Hayes's break and Moffat's dart at the line in the first minute. A 48-metre penalty goal by Hayes after three minutes, aided by the following breeze, was answered in kind by Jason Strange from less than half that distance.Nor did patience pay off for Glasgow. No fewer than nine phases of recycling possession died after Metcalfe had thrust into the opposition 22. Soon afterwards it seemed that fates were definitely against Glasgow when a loose pass on halfway allowed Newport to sweep back for Andrew Powell to score.A thrust by Nathan Ross, Donnie Macfadyen, and Lee Harrison created the position for a second Hayes penalty goal after 17 minutes. But Newport had the better of the second quarter. Ofisa Tonu"u was only just denied a try from his close-range tapped penalty, Strange's easy break off scrummage ball sent Jason Forster over, and Strange added the conversion as well as a penalty goal for an 18-6 lead after 35 minutes.White's lineout steal provided the means for a third Hayes penalty goal just before the interval. In first-half injury time he was only just short with a penalty from just inside his own half, but the 18-9 margin was quickly stretched in the first minute of the second half, when Powell's charge through the middle let Snow through for a try. Strange converted, and Newport were 16 points up.For nearly half an hour the scoreline was unchanged. Play was at times frantic, and each side had chances, Glasgow notably when Jon Steel sliced through from halfway to release Metcalfe, who would have scored but for Matt Mostyn's hand-trip.Conversely, when Newport countered from deep Snow held on to seek to go through on his own when the right wing, Mostyn, was clear outside. A try then would surely have secured the match for Newport - Glasgow would have had no way back.Relieved by that escape, the visitors answered when Alan Bulloch was narrowly thwarted off his close-range tapped penalty, and soon afterwards Newport replaced their play-maker, Tonu"u. It may have been a coincidence, but it was then that the visitors shot in 22 points in those 11 minutes that have earned Glasgow respect in South Wales.Newport supporters were voicing congratulations as the Glasgow players were leaving the ground. Such respect from the Welsh is not readily handed out to rugby visitors.Newport - Shane Howarth; Matt Mostyn, Haldane Luscombe, Andrew Marinos, Andrew Wagstaff; Jason Strange, Ofisa Tonu"u; Ceri Jones, Paul Young, Chris Anthony, Simon Raiwalui, Mike Voyle, Steve Ojomoh, Jason Forster, Andrew Powell. Substitutes - Rod Snow for Jones (20 minutes), James Richards for Young (half-time - 45 & 60), Alix Popham for Ojomoh (60), Jon Pritchard for Luscombe (66), Dale Burn for Tonu"u (69), Matt Pini for Strange (71).Tries, Forster, Powell, Snow; conversions, Strange (2); penalty goals, Strange (2).Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Tommy Hayes, Glenn Metcalfe; Calvin Howarth, Andy Nicol (captain); David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Jason White, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Andrew Wilson for Macfadyen (half-time), Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (56), Andrew Hall for Ross (57), Ben Daly for Gordon Bulloch (66), Andrew Henderson for Alan Bulloch (69).Tries, Hayes, Moffat, Simpson; conversions, Hayes (2); penalty goals, Hayes (4).Referee - Alan Taylor (Ireland).