Glasgow'S Strong Fightback Not Enough

Bourgoin 35, Glasgow 21Glasgow played under a handicap at Bourgoin this afternoon. They conceded three tries in the first half of the Heineken Cup match at Stade Pierre Rajon, but they put all that behind in a powerful fightback.It did not turn the game enough for the Scots, though it was undoubtedly Glasgow's best European performance in France. Bourgoin went on to preserve their 100% record in the tournament section, winning with five tries to three, but by the end of the game Glasgow has done enough to prove that they ought to win the return game on their own ground at Hughenden on Friday night.Despite defeat, Kiwi Searancke, Glasgow's coach, applauded his team's spirited recovery. "I was proud of them that they worked to the end," he remarked.Glasgow's target now is to ensure that they not only beat Bourgoin on Friday. They have to win by a margin wider than today's 14 points. The aggregate of the two Glasgow v Bourgoin matches will be the deciding factor if the two clubs finish level at the end of the pool stage.In the first 35 minutes, even without traditional French fireworks, real or metaphoric, it seemed that Glasgow would be hoist by their own petard. Two of Bourgoin's three first-half tries had roots in Glasgow mistakes.Yet Glasgow made the first threat. Andrew Henderson's chip ahead created the scope for Glenn Metcalfe to test Bourgoin down the left flank, right in front of the visitors" small, though vocal group of supporters.However, when Graeme Beveridge was delayed his service from a ruck, with Glasgow surging in the French half, the scrum half was caught in possession. The prompt turnover paved the way for Eremodo Tuni to escape up the right touchline for a try.Alexandre Peclier converted. Bourgoin were seven points up after 12 minutes, and Tuni extended the lead six minutes later, when he was sent clear on the blind side of a driven maul.Beveridge retorted with a chip and catch that opened the way fro him to thrust into the Bourgoin 22. But another Glasgow mistake then let Bourgoin go 19 points ahead. Stuart Moffat allowed a long kick to bounced into touch in the Glasgow 22, and from that position Bourgoin produced their favourite ploy, a driving maul. That provided the scope for Peclier to duck through for a try that he also converted.Bourgoin were reduced to 14 when Pascal Pape was sin-binned in first-half added time, and Glasgow immediately exploited that numerical advantage. Jon Petrie was held up from a lineout drive, but Glasgow turned the screws from the consequent five-metre scrummage. Eventually, Gordon Simpson found the way through for a try that Calvin Howarth converted.Bourgoin's lead was thus held to 19-7 at half-time. But before Pape's return the French club replied, with Mickael Forest sending David Janin through on a blind-side thrust for Jean-Francois Coux to score. Peclier missed the conversion, but he kicked a penalty goal in 57 minutes.Though 20 points down, Glasgow quickly responded off a penalty lineout in Bourgoin's right corner. Petrie won the throw-in, and the Glasgow pack ploughed over for a Nathan Ross try.Howarth then failed from close to halfway with a penalty kick whereas Peclier immediately scored from similar range - 30-14 after 68 minutes. But Glasgow kept up the momentum when Howarth intercepted Forest's pass to Coux in the Bourgoin 22 for a try that he also converted.Glasgow had cut the margin back to nine points. That might well have been acceptable as the final score, especially when they had been 19 points down in the first half. But in added time Howarth's opposite number, Peclier, took his turn to intercept before running from halfway to score for a personal haul of 20 points in the match. Tuni failed with the conversion.Bourgoin - Benjamin Boyet; Eremodo Tuni, Norm Berryman, Glenn Davis, Jean-Francois Coux; Alexandre Peclier, Mickael Forest; Olivier Milloud, Jawad Djoudi, Pascal Peyron, Pascal Pape, Lionel Nallet (captain), Julien Bonnaire, Alexandre Bias, Pierre Raschi. Substitutes - David Janin for Boyet (38 minutes), Noel Curnier for Djoudi (60), Arnaud Costes for Raschi (69), Pierre Caillet for Bias (70), Sebastien Bonnet for Forest (75).Tries, Tuni (2), Peclier (2), Coux; conversions, Peclier (2); penalty goals, Peclier (2).Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Glenn Metcalfe, Andrew Henderson, Roland Reid; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Andrew Hall, Gordon Simpson, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Andrew Kelly for Harrison (60), Donnie Macfadyen for Simpson (60), Ben Daly for Gordon Bulloch (67), Rory McKay for Hall (72), Alan Bulloch for Moffat (75).Tries, Simpson, Ross, Howarth; conversions, Howarth (3).Referee - Chris White (England).Bourgoin 35, Glasgow 21Glasgow played under a handicap at Bourgoin this afternoon. They conceded three tries in the first half of the Heineken Cup match at Stade Pierre Rajon, but they put all that behind in a powerful fightback.It did not turn the game enough for the Scots, though it was undoubtedly Glasgow's best European performance in France. Bourgoin went on to preserve their 100% record in the tournament section, winning with five tries to three, but by the end of the game Glasgow has done enough to prove that they ought to win the return game on their own ground at Hughenden on Friday night.Despite defeat, Kiwi Searancke, Glasgow's coach, applauded his team's spirited recovery. "I was proud of them that they worked to the end," he remarked.Glasgow's target now is to ensure that they not only beat Bourgoin on Friday. They have to win by a margin wider than today's 14 points. The aggregate of the two Glasgow v Bourgoin matches will be the deciding factor if the two clubs finish level at the end of the pool stage.In the first 35 minutes, even without traditional French fireworks, real or metaphoric, it seemed that Glasgow would be hoist by their own petard. Two of Bourgoin's three first-half tries had roots in Glasgow mistakes.Yet Glasgow made the first threat. Andrew Henderson's chip ahead created the scope for Glenn Metcalfe to test Bourgoin down the left flank, right in front of the visitors" small, though vocal group of supporters.However, when Graeme Beveridge was delayed his service from a ruck, with Glasgow surging in the French half, the scrum half was caught in possession. The prompt turnover paved the way for Eremodo Tuni to escape up the right touchline for a try.Alexandre Peclier converted. Bourgoin were seven points up after 12 minutes, and Tuni extended the lead six minutes later, when he was sent clear on the blind side of a driven maul.Beveridge retorted with a chip and catch that opened the way fro him to thrust into the Bourgoin 22. But another Glasgow mistake then let Bourgoin go 19 points ahead. Stuart Moffat allowed a long kick to bounced into touch in the Glasgow 22, and from that position Bourgoin produced their favourite ploy, a driving maul. That provided the scope for Peclier to duck through for a try that he also converted.Bourgoin were reduced to 14 when Pascal Pape was sin-binned in first-half added time, and Glasgow immediately exploited that numerical advantage. Jon Petrie was held up from a lineout drive, but Glasgow turned the screws from the consequent five-metre scrummage. Eventually, Gordon Simpson found the way through for a try that Calvin Howarth converted.Bourgoin's lead was thus held to 19-7 at half-time. But before Pape's return the French club replied, with Mickael Forest sending David Janin through on a blind-side thrust for Jean-Francois Coux to score. Peclier missed the conversion, but he kicked a penalty goal in 57 minutes.Though 20 points down, Glasgow quickly responded off a penalty lineout in Bourgoin's right corner. Petrie won the throw-in, and the Glasgow pack ploughed over for a Nathan Ross try.Howarth then failed from close to halfway with a penalty kick whereas Peclier immediately scored from similar range - 30-14 after 68 minutes. But Glasgow kept up the momentum when Howarth intercepted Forest's pass to Coux in the Bourgoin 22 for a try that he also converted.Glasgow had cut the margin back to nine points. That might well have been acceptable as the final score, especially when they had been 19 points down in the first half. But in added time Howarth's opposite number, Peclier, took his turn to intercept before running from halfway to score for a personal haul of 20 points in the match. Tuni failed with the conversion.Bourgoin - Benjamin Boyet; Eremodo Tuni, Norm Berryman, Glenn Davis, Jean-Francois Coux; Alexandre Peclier, Mickael Forest; Olivier Milloud, Jawad Djoudi, Pascal Peyron, Pascal Pape, Lionel Nallet (captain), Julien Bonnaire, Alexandre Bias, Pierre Raschi. Substitutes - David Janin for Boyet (38 minutes), Noel Curnier for Djoudi (60), Arnaud Costes for Raschi (69), Pierre Caillet for Bias (70), Sebastien Bonnet for Forest (75).Tries, Tuni (2), Peclier (2), Coux; conversions, Peclier (2); penalty goals, Peclier (2).Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Glenn Metcalfe, Andrew Henderson, Roland Reid; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Andrew Hall, Gordon Simpson, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Andrew Kelly for Harrison (60), Donnie Macfadyen for Simpson (60), Ben Daly for Gordon Bulloch (67), Rory McKay for Hall (72), Alan Bulloch for Moffat (75).Tries, Simpson, Ross, Howarth; conversions, Howarth (3).Referee - Chris White (England).