Happy Return For Barry Irving

Glasgow Back-up XV 33, Scottish Exiles 18Despite a foul night of constant rain, Glasgow's back-up squad and the visitors from South of the Border and farther afield turned on an enthusiastic, entertaining contest at Hughenden this evening. Glasgow won it with five tries against the Exiles" two.Just as important as the result, however, Barry Irving returned to rugby after nine months" injury absence, and in some respects it looked as though he had hardly been out of the game. The stand-off was ever ready to have a go at testing the opposition, both darting with ball in hand and punting for position and pressure. He also converted four of the tries, two of them from well out on the right.Graham Thomson, the West of Scotland wing, scored two of the tries, and other club players added much to the contest, none more so that the two hookers, Neil Meikle and Stephen MacKinnon, who each played half a game. They were busy in the loose as well as sound in basics. Meikle's most valuable contribution was a flip pass off the ground for Chris Black's try, and MacKinnon made his presence felt in the second half, not least in the lead-up to the final score.Ian McInroy and Colin Shaw combined to make a telling thrust on the left as the prelude to Glasgow's opening try, scored by Rory Kerr on the right after five minutes. Irving converted, and though Graeme Kiddie, the former Glasgow midfield back, responded with a try in 21 minutes, off a close-range tapped penalty, the home lead was almost immediately stretched. Irving struck a chip kick through to the left, and though Kerr was foiled Meikle was on hand to flip the ball away for Black to score in the left corner. That was the only try that Irving failed to convert.Glasgow further extended their lead just before the interval. Black stole possession at a close-range scrum, McInroy struck a flat kick across to the right, and Thomson was there to pounce. The half-time lead was 19-5.Greg McDonald hauled the Exiles back into contention with penalty goals in 50 and 64 minutes, and just when it seemed that the visitors might be threatening a comeback Rory McKay ran in a solo try off his scrummage pick-up 20 metres out. He needed only a hint of dummy to open up the gap.Irving's conversion took Glasgow more than two full scores clear, and though Lance Hamilton had a drive-over try for the Exiles, McDonald converting, Thomson wrote the last line on the scoresheet with his second try. Rod Sieb and MacKinnon made the initial dents before Irving's half-break sent the West wing over.Glasgow - Colin Shaw (Glasgow Hawks); Graham Thomson (West of Scotland), Ian McInroy (Glasgow Rugby), Sam Parlane (Stirling County), Rory Kerr (Glasgow Rugby); Barry Irving (Glasgow Rugby), Chris Black (Glasgow Rugby) captain; Euan Murray (Glasgow Hawks), Neil Meikle (Ayr), Andrew Kelly (Glasgow Rugby), Damien Kelly (Ayr), Scott McKechnie (Grangemouth), Rory McKay (Glasgow Rugby), Colin Eadie (Stirling County), Eddie Manawaiti (Ayr). Substitutes used - Rod Sieb (Aberdeen GSFP), Richard Maxton (Glasgow Hawks), Alastair Davidson (Borders), Gordon Sykes (Ayr), Stephen MacKinnon (Glasgow Hutchesons" Aloysians).Scorers: Tries, Thomson (2), Kerr, Black, McKay; conversion, Irving (4).Scottish Exiles - Martin Worthington (Manchester); Sam Cox (Caerphilly), Graeme Kiddie (Plymouth Albion), Paul Baird (Bedford), Alistair Hall (Moseley); Allan Mitchell (Coventry), Ross Blake (Bath); Carl Ambrose (Westcombe Park), Andy Dalgleish (Moseley), Andrew Grierson (Reading), David Whitehead (Castres), John Gunson (Ballynahinch), Chris Capaldi (Plymouth Albion), David Partington (Dings Crusaders). Substitutes used - David Michael (Reading), Shane Auld (Tynedale), Greg McDonald (Moseley), Rob Chrystie (Bath), Jon Summers (Reading).Scorers: Tries, Kiddie, Hamilton; conversion, McDonald; penalty goals, McDonald (2).Referee - Martin Valentine (Stewartry).Glasgow Back-up XV 33, Scottish Exiles 18Despite a foul night of constant rain, Glasgow's back-up squad and the visitors from South of the Border and farther afield turned on an enthusiastic, entertaining contest at Hughenden this evening. Glasgow won it with five tries against the Exiles" two.Just as important as the result, however, Barry Irving returned to rugby after nine months" injury absence, and in some respects it looked as though he had hardly been out of the game. The stand-off was ever ready to have a go at testing the opposition, both darting with ball in hand and punting for position and pressure. He also converted four of the tries, two of them from well out on the right.Graham Thomson, the West of Scotland wing, scored two of the tries, and other club players added much to the contest, none more so that the two hookers, Neil Meikle and Stephen MacKinnon, who each played half a game. They were busy in the loose as well as sound in basics. Meikle's most valuable contribution was a flip pass off the ground for Chris Black's try, and MacKinnon made his presence felt in the second half, not least in the lead-up to the final score.Ian McInroy and Colin Shaw combined to make a telling thrust on the left as the prelude to Glasgow's opening try, scored by Rory Kerr on the right after five minutes. Irving converted, and though Graeme Kiddie, the former Glasgow midfield back, responded with a try in 21 minutes, off a close-range tapped penalty, the home lead was almost immediately stretched. Irving struck a chip kick through to the left, and though Kerr was foiled Meikle was on hand to flip the ball away for Black to score in the left corner. That was the only try that Irving failed to convert.Glasgow further extended their lead just before the interval. Black stole possession at a close-range scrum, McInroy struck a flat kick across to the right, and Thomson was there to pounce. The half-time lead was 19-5.Greg McDonald hauled the Exiles back into contention with penalty goals in 50 and 64 minutes, and just when it seemed that the visitors might be threatening a comeback Rory McKay ran in a solo try off his scrummage pick-up 20 metres out. He needed only a hint of dummy to open up the gap.Irving's conversion took Glasgow more than two full scores clear, and though Lance Hamilton had a drive-over try for the Exiles, McDonald converting, Thomson wrote the last line on the scoresheet with his second try. Rod Sieb and MacKinnon made the initial dents before Irving's half-break sent the West wing over.Glasgow - Colin Shaw (Glasgow Hawks); Graham Thomson (West of Scotland), Ian McInroy (Glasgow Rugby), Sam Parlane (Stirling County), Rory Kerr (Glasgow Rugby); Barry Irving (Glasgow Rugby), Chris Black (Glasgow Rugby) captain; Euan Murray (Glasgow Hawks), Neil Meikle (Ayr), Andrew Kelly (Glasgow Rugby), Damien Kelly (Ayr), Scott McKechnie (Grangemouth), Rory McKay (Glasgow Rugby), Colin Eadie (Stirling County), Eddie Manawaiti (Ayr). Substitutes used - Rod Sieb (Aberdeen GSFP), Richard Maxton (Glasgow Hawks), Alastair Davidson (Borders), Gordon Sykes (Ayr), Stephen MacKinnon (Glasgow Hutchesons" Aloysians).Scorers: Tries, Thomson (2), Kerr, Black, McKay; conversion, Irving (4).Scottish Exiles - Martin Worthington (Manchester); Sam Cox (Caerphilly), Graeme Kiddie (Plymouth Albion), Paul Baird (Bedford), Alistair Hall (Moseley); Allan Mitchell (Coventry), Ross Blake (Bath); Carl Ambrose (Westcombe Park), Andy Dalgleish (Moseley), Andrew Grierson (Reading), David Whitehead (Castres), John Gunson (Ballynahinch), Chris Capaldi (Plymouth Albion), David Partington (Dings Crusaders). Substitutes used - David Michael (Reading), Shane Auld (Tynedale), Greg McDonald (Moseley), Rob Chrystie (Bath), Jon Summers (Reading).Scorers: Tries, Kiddie, Hamilton; conversion, McDonald; penalty goals, McDonald (2).Referee - Martin Valentine (Stewartry).