Glasgow Fall In Second Half

Llanelli 45, Glasgow 15Glasgow collapsed in the second half at Stradey Park this afternoon. The result was a disheartening defeat by Llanelli in opening their Heineken Cup campaign.At half-time the score was minimally close, Llanelli leading by only one point - 11-10. However, the Scarlets made sure of victory with an onslaught of three tries in seven minutes in the third quarter. In the end Llanelli had secured a comfortable victory margin by five tries to two.Glasgow now have to look elsewhere for the away points that they need to have any hope of qualifying for the European quarter-finals. That, of course, is in addition to ensuring wins in all three home games, and even that requirement has to be qualified with a question mark after their Stradey performance.Lost was the assurance Glasgow had shown in winning Celtic League matches at Cardiff and Newport last month. Nor did Glasgow have the necessary lineout security. Only six days are now left for Glasgow to pick themselves up and draw their game together again before their second European tie against Sale Sharks at Hughenden on Friday evening.It was no excuse that Glasgow were disrupted by an enforced change, missing the Stradey venture because of a hamstring injury. David Hilton also was an absentee. The prop had travelled to Wales on Friday evening, but he immediately returned to Scotland to be with his wife at the birth of their third child. A boy was born early this afternoon.Glasgow's frailty was not shown up in the first half. On an afternoon ideal for rugby, each team made as many mistakes as the other. Glasgow even held the lead at 7-3 for 11 minutes between the eighteenth and the twenty-ninth after Jason White had been driven over for a try that Tommy Hayes converted.That was in response to a penalty goal by Stephen Jones in eight minutes, and Glasgow might have gained the lead even earlier if they could have made more of a thrilling breakout by Hayes. The stand-off ran from deep in his own half, and he was denied only in Llanelli 22, though Andrew Henderson was running clear in support. The ball broke loose where Hayes was tackled, and Henderson knocked on.Glenn Metcalfe and Henderson made the early running for White's try. Gordon Bulloch carried on by galloping up the left touchline, and when Andrew Wilson secured loose ball close to the home goal-line the visiting pack swept in to drive their captain over.Glasgow lost the lead when the home pack surged forward for swift crossfield passing to send Garan Evans in. Jones missed the conversion from well out on the right, but while Lee Harrison was in the sin-bin, yellow-carded for a high tackle, Jones and Hayes exchanged penalty goals.Ian Boobyer, Wayne Peel, and Martyn Madden scored the three tries that finished Glasgow off. Jones converted the lot, and Llanelli's slender half-time lead had been stretched to 32-10 after an hour.Loose ball in the Glasgow 22 allowed Llanelli the scope to forced Boobyer over after 53 minutes, and the visitors paid a heavy penalty for Stuart Moffat's loose punt only two minutes later. That kick trapped three Glasgow forwards offside just inside the Llanelli half, and Peel, quick witted, snapped up the chance to run through to score.Madden's try was ridiculous. He sold a dummy that no prop had the right to have in his repertoire and ran in from the Glasgow's 22-metre line. By then, Llanelli were short-handed with Robin McBryde in the sin-bin.Glasgow had only reputation left to save, but they squandered chances to cut the margin back to respectability. Metcalfe chipped ahead in the opposition 22 when Jon Steel was running in support, Alan Bulloch was almost over after Henderson's break, and Andy Nicol, having replaced Graeme Beveridge at scrum half, twice tried to spur Glasgow on by taking a leaf out of Peel's book with quickly taken running penalties.Eventually, just before McBryde's return, Glasgow had second-half consolation when Jon Petrie's lineout catch ignited a drive for Donnie Macfadyen to score. Hayes missed the conversion.Jones replied with another penalty goal, Peel scored his second by chipping over Metcalfe and winning the race, and Gareth Bowen finished off with a fourth Llanelli penalty goal.Llanelli - Garan Evans; Mark Jones, Matthew Watkins, Leigh Davies (captain), Salesi Finau; Stephen Jones, Dwayne Peel; Iestyn Thomas, Robin McBryde, Martyn Madden, Vernon Cooper, Chris Wyatt, Simon Easterby, Ian Boobyer, Scott Quinnell. Substitutes - David Hodges for Easterby (18 minutes), Luke Gross for Cooper (57), Marcus Thomas for Quinnell (62-67), John Davies for Iestyn Thomas (74), Gareth Bowen for Jones (74). Yellow card - McBryde.Scorers: Tries, Peel (2), Madden, Boobyer, Evans; conversions, Jones (4); penalty goals, Jones (3), Bowen.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Glenn Metcalfe; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Jason White (captain), Andrew Wilson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Andrew Kelly for Macfadyen (34-42), Nathan Ross for Hall (62), Andy Nicol for Beveridge (62), Michael Bartlett for Moffat (74). Yellow card - Harrison.Scorers: Tries, White, Macfadyen; conversion, Hayes; penalty goal, Hayes.Referee - Giulio De Santis (Italy).Llanelli 45, Glasgow 15Glasgow collapsed in the second half at Stradey Park this afternoon. The result was a disheartening defeat by Llanelli in opening their Heineken Cup campaign.At half-time the score was minimally close, Llanelli leading by only one point - 11-10. However, the Scarlets made sure of victory with an onslaught of three tries in seven minutes in the third quarter. In the end Llanelli had secured a comfortable victory margin by five tries to two.Glasgow now have to look elsewhere for the away points that they need to have any hope of qualifying for the European quarter-finals. That, of course, is in addition to ensuring wins in all three home games, and even that requirement has to be qualified with a question mark after their Stradey performance.Lost was the assurance Glasgow had shown in winning Celtic League matches at Cardiff and Newport last month. Nor did Glasgow have the necessary lineout security. Only six days are now left for Glasgow to pick themselves up and draw their game together again before their second European tie against Sale Sharks at Hughenden on Friday evening.It was no excuse that Glasgow were disrupted by an enforced change, missing the Stradey venture because of a hamstring injury. David Hilton also was an absentee. The prop had travelled to Wales on Friday evening, but he immediately returned to Scotland to be with his wife at the birth of their third child. A boy was born early this afternoon.Glasgow's frailty was not shown up in the first half. On an afternoon ideal for rugby, each team made as many mistakes as the other. Glasgow even held the lead at 7-3 for 11 minutes between the eighteenth and the twenty-ninth after Jason White had been driven over for a try that Tommy Hayes converted.That was in response to a penalty goal by Stephen Jones in eight minutes, and Glasgow might have gained the lead even earlier if they could have made more of a thrilling breakout by Hayes. The stand-off ran from deep in his own half, and he was denied only in Llanelli 22, though Andrew Henderson was running clear in support. The ball broke loose where Hayes was tackled, and Henderson knocked on.Glenn Metcalfe and Henderson made the early running for White's try. Gordon Bulloch carried on by galloping up the left touchline, and when Andrew Wilson secured loose ball close to the home goal-line the visiting pack swept in to drive their captain over.Glasgow lost the lead when the home pack surged forward for swift crossfield passing to send Garan Evans in. Jones missed the conversion from well out on the right, but while Lee Harrison was in the sin-bin, yellow-carded for a high tackle, Jones and Hayes exchanged penalty goals.Ian Boobyer, Wayne Peel, and Martyn Madden scored the three tries that finished Glasgow off. Jones converted the lot, and Llanelli's slender half-time lead had been stretched to 32-10 after an hour.Loose ball in the Glasgow 22 allowed Llanelli the scope to forced Boobyer over after 53 minutes, and the visitors paid a heavy penalty for Stuart Moffat's loose punt only two minutes later. That kick trapped three Glasgow forwards offside just inside the Llanelli half, and Peel, quick witted, snapped up the chance to run through to score.Madden's try was ridiculous. He sold a dummy that no prop had the right to have in his repertoire and ran in from the Glasgow's 22-metre line. By then, Llanelli were short-handed with Robin McBryde in the sin-bin.Glasgow had only reputation left to save, but they squandered chances to cut the margin back to respectability. Metcalfe chipped ahead in the opposition 22 when Jon Steel was running in support, Alan Bulloch was almost over after Henderson's break, and Andy Nicol, having replaced Graeme Beveridge at scrum half, twice tried to spur Glasgow on by taking a leaf out of Peel's book with quickly taken running penalties.Eventually, just before McBryde's return, Glasgow had second-half consolation when Jon Petrie's lineout catch ignited a drive for Donnie Macfadyen to score. Hayes missed the conversion.Jones replied with another penalty goal, Peel scored his second by chipping over Metcalfe and winning the race, and Gareth Bowen finished off with a fourth Llanelli penalty goal.Llanelli - Garan Evans; Mark Jones, Matthew Watkins, Leigh Davies (captain), Salesi Finau; Stephen Jones, Dwayne Peel; Iestyn Thomas, Robin McBryde, Martyn Madden, Vernon Cooper, Chris Wyatt, Simon Easterby, Ian Boobyer, Scott Quinnell. Substitutes - David Hodges for Easterby (18 minutes), Luke Gross for Cooper (57), Marcus Thomas for Quinnell (62-67), John Davies for Iestyn Thomas (74), Gareth Bowen for Jones (74). Yellow card - McBryde.Scorers: Tries, Peel (2), Madden, Boobyer, Evans; conversions, Jones (4); penalty goals, Jones (3), Bowen.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Glenn Metcalfe; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Jason White (captain), Andrew Wilson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Andrew Kelly for Macfadyen (34-42), Nathan Ross for Hall (62), Andy Nicol for Beveridge (62), Michael Bartlett for Moffat (74). Yellow card - Harrison.Scorers: Tries, White, Macfadyen; conversion, Hayes; penalty goal, Hayes.Referee - Giulio De Santis (Italy).