Sardis Road Jinx

Pontypridd 34, Glasgow 28Glasgow's Sardis Road jinx struck yet again when they failed to record their first success on the Pontypridd ground. But two late scores did earn them a bonus for finishing within seven points of the winners and kept them in the race for a place in the Celtic League play-offs. They are now in second place in Pool B, behind Ireland's Connacht, still with an excellent chance of securing a home quarter-final tie. "We were outmuscled and out-passioned", admitted Glasgow coach Kiwi Searancke. "We gave the ball away too often and we were forced back into defence for long periods of the game. I'm disappointed and the players are disappointed. We knew what we had to do and we didn't do it". It was the first time he had seen Glasgow go down to defeat since taking over in the summer. A run of four wins, two in Wales, came to an abrupt end as Pontypridd produced their best performance of the season, knocking their opponents off balance with the power and intensity of their aggressive approach. Ponty seized the initiative from the start, taking the lead through a third minute try from hooker_Matt Rees converted by full-back Brett Davey, who finished the game with 14 points from four conversions and two penalties. Glasgow marksman Tommy Hayes was off target with two early efforts before finding the range to put over two conversions and three penalties. Scottish hopes flickered when Alan Bulloch went over for his fourth try of the season. But a major turning point came when home flanker Nick Kelly was sin binned for fighting. That spurred the short-handed Welshmen into scoring a vital try through Sonny Parker which steered them to a 17 - 8 half-time lead. Glasgow forced their way back into the picture with two Hayes penalties but, when Jon Petrie was sin binned by English referee Roy Maybank for obstruction_the Ponty pack took total control engineering a short range try for_fly half Ceri Sweeney and a pushover from Michael Owen. The game was effectively decided before a late Glasgow burst produced touchdowns from Stuart Moffat, a dominant full-back, and flankerAndrew Wilson, a replacement for Gordon Simpson, who sustained a knee injury. Pontypridd - B Davey; G Wyatt, S Parker, J Lewis, E Lewis; C Sweeney, P John (captain); G Jenkins, M Rees, D Bell, B Cockbain, R Sidoli, N Kelly, M Owen, W O'Connor. Substitutes - J Bryant for J Lewis (68 minutes), K Jones for O'Connor (70), G Baber for John (73), D McIntosh for Sidoli (74).Tries, Rees, Parker, Sweeney, Owen; conversions - Davey (4); penalty goals - B Davey (2). Yellow card, Kelly.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Tommy Hayes, Andrew Henderson; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Ben Daly, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Jason White, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Nathan Ross for Hall (14-24), Gordon Bulloch for Daly (half-time), Andrew Wilson for Simpson (half-time), Ross for White (43), Michael Bartlett for Steel (54), Andy Nicol for Beveridge (66), Andrew Kelly for Hilton (69).Tries, Alan Bulloch, Moffat, Wilson; conversions, Hayes (2); penalty goals, Hayes (3). Yellow card, Petrie.Referee - Roy Maybank (England).Pontypridd 34, Glasgow 28Glasgow's Sardis Road jinx struck yet again when they failed to record their first success on the Pontypridd ground. But two late scores did earn them a bonus for finishing within seven points of the winners and kept them in the race for a place in the Celtic League play-offs. They are now in second place in Pool B, behind Ireland's Connacht, still with an excellent chance of securing a home quarter-final tie. "We were outmuscled and out-passioned", admitted Glasgow coach Kiwi Searancke. "We gave the ball away too often and we were forced back into defence for long periods of the game. I'm disappointed and the players are disappointed. We knew what we had to do and we didn't do it". It was the first time he had seen Glasgow go down to defeat since taking over in the summer. A run of four wins, two in Wales, came to an abrupt end as Pontypridd produced their best performance of the season, knocking their opponents off balance with the power and intensity of their aggressive approach. Ponty seized the initiative from the start, taking the lead through a third minute try from hooker_Matt Rees converted by full-back Brett Davey, who finished the game with 14 points from four conversions and two penalties. Glasgow marksman Tommy Hayes was off target with two early efforts before finding the range to put over two conversions and three penalties. Scottish hopes flickered when Alan Bulloch went over for his fourth try of the season. But a major turning point came when home flanker Nick Kelly was sin binned for fighting. That spurred the short-handed Welshmen into scoring a vital try through Sonny Parker which steered them to a 17 - 8 half-time lead. Glasgow forced their way back into the picture with two Hayes penalties but, when Jon Petrie was sin binned by English referee Roy Maybank for obstruction_the Ponty pack took total control engineering a short range try for_fly half Ceri Sweeney and a pushover from Michael Owen. The game was effectively decided before a late Glasgow burst produced touchdowns from Stuart Moffat, a dominant full-back, and flankerAndrew Wilson, a replacement for Gordon Simpson, who sustained a knee injury. Pontypridd - B Davey; G Wyatt, S Parker, J Lewis, E Lewis; C Sweeney, P John (captain); G Jenkins, M Rees, D Bell, B Cockbain, R Sidoli, N Kelly, M Owen, W O'Connor. Substitutes - J Bryant for J Lewis (68 minutes), K Jones for O'Connor (70), G Baber for John (73), D McIntosh for Sidoli (74).Tries, Rees, Parker, Sweeney, Owen; conversions - Davey (4); penalty goals - B Davey (2). Yellow card, Kelly.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Tommy Hayes, Andrew Henderson; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Ben Daly, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Jason White, Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Nathan Ross for Hall (14-24), Gordon Bulloch for Daly (half-time), Andrew Wilson for Simpson (half-time), Ross for White (43), Michael Bartlett for Steel (54), Andy Nicol for Beveridge (66), Andrew Kelly for Hilton (69).Tries, Alan Bulloch, Moffat, Wilson; conversions, Hayes (2); penalty goals, Hayes (3). Yellow card, Petrie.Referee - Roy Maybank (England).