Heavy Defeat For Glasgow

Borders 33, Glasgow 12Glasgow suffered a severe dent in their Celtic League quarter-final aspirations tonight. A heavy defeat by the Borders at showery Netherdale was also a sharp reminder of the quality of rugby that will be needed when they visit Llanelli for their opening Heineken Cup tie next week.The Borders, settling comfortably into their Netherdale home, scored five tries without response. As if that were not bad enough for Glasgow, Llanelli had a long-range prod at their first Heineken opponents by notching nine tries in running up a huge 62-6 home win against Swansea. Stradey Park will be no place for faint Glasgow hearts next weekend.Not even knee injuries to Gary Armstrong and Semo Sititi could hamper the Borders" surge. Both were carried off on stretchers. The captain was injured late in the first half in the lead-up to the second try, and the No.8 followed midway in the second half.Bluntly, Glasgow's performance was far short of their best. The top try-scorers in the league could not cross the opposition line even once. Only Donnie Macfadyen and Andrew Wilson came close to the consistency in performance that the visitors needed.Glasgow's only points were from four penalty goals by Tommy Hayes, three of them in the first half, successively from halfway, 42 metres, and a long stride inside his own half. Yet Glasgow had the better of the first quarter. Their scrummage was firm and forceful, and they had possession and position. Crucially, they lacked passion and purpose.Glasgow even seemed nervous, not least when Hayes missed a penalty from no more than 30 metres. He made amends with his next three. Glasgow needed those long-range goals to stay in the game after the Borders had edged to 12-9 at half-time with tries by Kevin Utterson and Walker.Lineout ball from Doddie Weir and a break by Armstrong created Utterson's try. It was a score against the previous flow of the game, but it set the pattern for what was to follow - a game of growing confidence by the Borders, based on calm direction by Gregor Townsend at stand-off. The precise timing, weight, and length of his passes created the wide space that Glasgow had sought unsuccessfully in the opening phase of the contest.Walker's try in 36 minutes gave the Borders the lead for the first time. Yet it was a score born out of nothing, after an apparent Border knock-on around halfway. Glasgow stood back whereas Walker pounced and accelerated through to score between the posts, Utterson converting.It was in the lead-up to that try that Armstrong was injured. However, the loss of their captain seemed to urge the Borders to step up a gear to cover for his absence, and two tries early in the second half all but secured the game as well as ensuring a bonus point. Laboured Glasgow passing was easy prey to the Borders, and from the enforced breakdown Walker's break made a try for Semo Sititi. But an unforced Glasgow error - a forward pass deep in their own 22 - was the seed for the Borders" bonus-earning try. Off the ensuing scrummage, Townsend's long pass made space for Scott Paterson to score on the left.Utterson converted both tries, and the Borders led 26-9 only six minutes into the second half. Hayes responded with his fourth penalty goal, but Glasgow gave little hint of being able to claw back the two major scores they needed even for a draw. They could not exploit the few chances they made for themselves, such as breaks by Hayes and Wilson. The former punted ahead when he had Macfadyen all but clear infield. His kick was blocked whereas Wilson ran out of support.Glasgow handicapped themselves by losing lineout security late on, and Townsend delivered the coup de grace with a simple half-break to put the ball behind the defensive line for Stephen Cranston to score. Tanner Vili converted. Borders - Tanner Vili; Nikki Walker, Jono Stuart, Kevin Utterson, Scott Patterson; Gregor Townsend, Gary Armstrong (captain); Paul Thomson, Steve Scott, Bruce Douglas, Doddie Weir, Richard Metcalfe, Andy Rennick, Campbell Feather, Semo Sititi. Substitutes - Iain Fairley for Armstrong (37 minutes), George Graham for Douglas (52), Tony Walker for Sititi (64), Colin Stewart for Rennick (64-71), Stephen Cranston for Utterson (65), Clark Laidlaw for Townsend (75).Tries, Cranston, Paterson, Sititi, Utterson, Nikki Walker; conversions, Utterson (4).Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Tommy Hayes, Glenn Metcalfe; Calvin Howarth, Andy Nicol (captain); David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch, Euan Murray, Nathan Ross, Andy Hall, Andrew Wilson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (14-23), Andy Henderson for Alan Bulloch (45), Cameron Blades for Hilton (64).Penalty goals, Hayes (4).Referee - Robin Goodliffe (England).Borders 33, Glasgow 12Glasgow suffered a severe dent in their Celtic League quarter-final aspirations tonight. A heavy defeat by the Borders at showery Netherdale was also a sharp reminder of the quality of rugby that will be needed when they visit Llanelli for their opening Heineken Cup tie next week.The Borders, settling comfortably into their Netherdale home, scored five tries without response. As if that were not bad enough for Glasgow, Llanelli had a long-range prod at their first Heineken opponents by notching nine tries in running up a huge 62-6 home win against Swansea. Stradey Park will be no place for faint Glasgow hearts next weekend.Not even knee injuries to Gary Armstrong and Semo Sititi could hamper the Borders" surge. Both were carried off on stretchers. The captain was injured late in the first half in the lead-up to the second try, and the No.8 followed midway in the second half.Bluntly, Glasgow's performance was far short of their best. The top try-scorers in the league could not cross the opposition line even once. Only Donnie Macfadyen and Andrew Wilson came close to the consistency in performance that the visitors needed.Glasgow's only points were from four penalty goals by Tommy Hayes, three of them in the first half, successively from halfway, 42 metres, and a long stride inside his own half. Yet Glasgow had the better of the first quarter. Their scrummage was firm and forceful, and they had possession and position. Crucially, they lacked passion and purpose.Glasgow even seemed nervous, not least when Hayes missed a penalty from no more than 30 metres. He made amends with his next three. Glasgow needed those long-range goals to stay in the game after the Borders had edged to 12-9 at half-time with tries by Kevin Utterson and Walker.Lineout ball from Doddie Weir and a break by Armstrong created Utterson's try. It was a score against the previous flow of the game, but it set the pattern for what was to follow - a game of growing confidence by the Borders, based on calm direction by Gregor Townsend at stand-off. The precise timing, weight, and length of his passes created the wide space that Glasgow had sought unsuccessfully in the opening phase of the contest.Walker's try in 36 minutes gave the Borders the lead for the first time. Yet it was a score born out of nothing, after an apparent Border knock-on around halfway. Glasgow stood back whereas Walker pounced and accelerated through to score between the posts, Utterson converting.It was in the lead-up to that try that Armstrong was injured. However, the loss of their captain seemed to urge the Borders to step up a gear to cover for his absence, and two tries early in the second half all but secured the game as well as ensuring a bonus point. Laboured Glasgow passing was easy prey to the Borders, and from the enforced breakdown Walker's break made a try for Semo Sititi. But an unforced Glasgow error - a forward pass deep in their own 22 - was the seed for the Borders" bonus-earning try. Off the ensuing scrummage, Townsend's long pass made space for Scott Paterson to score on the left.Utterson converted both tries, and the Borders led 26-9 only six minutes into the second half. Hayes responded with his fourth penalty goal, but Glasgow gave little hint of being able to claw back the two major scores they needed even for a draw. They could not exploit the few chances they made for themselves, such as breaks by Hayes and Wilson. The former punted ahead when he had Macfadyen all but clear infield. His kick was blocked whereas Wilson ran out of support.Glasgow handicapped themselves by losing lineout security late on, and Townsend delivered the coup de grace with a simple half-break to put the ball behind the defensive line for Stephen Cranston to score. Tanner Vili converted. Borders - Tanner Vili; Nikki Walker, Jono Stuart, Kevin Utterson, Scott Patterson; Gregor Townsend, Gary Armstrong (captain); Paul Thomson, Steve Scott, Bruce Douglas, Doddie Weir, Richard Metcalfe, Andy Rennick, Campbell Feather, Semo Sititi. Substitutes - Iain Fairley for Armstrong (37 minutes), George Graham for Douglas (52), Tony Walker for Sititi (64), Colin Stewart for Rennick (64-71), Stephen Cranston for Utterson (65), Clark Laidlaw for Townsend (75).Tries, Cranston, Paterson, Sititi, Utterson, Nikki Walker; conversions, Utterson (4).Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Tommy Hayes, Glenn Metcalfe; Calvin Howarth, Andy Nicol (captain); David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch, Euan Murray, Nathan Ross, Andy Hall, Andrew Wilson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (14-23), Andy Henderson for Alan Bulloch (45), Cameron Blades for Hilton (64).Penalty goals, Hayes (4).Referee - Robin Goodliffe (England).