Glasgow Denied By Laney Penalty

Glasgow 10, Edinburgh 10A penalty goal by Brendan Laney, the only score of the second half, denied Glasgow victory in the Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby Cup match against Edinburgh on a damp, dull afternoon at Hughenden today. The result was a draw, though Glasgow had two tries to the visitors" one.Glasgow's tries were scored late in the first half, and both were made by moving the ball flat and wide at pace. At half-time, with Glasgow leading 10-7, those scores seemed to be a clear indication of what might be after the interval. But it was not to be.Glasgow, instead, spent long spells of furious, fearsome defence. It was work that was readily acknowledged by Frank Hadden, the Edinburgh coach: "Glasgow's last-line defence was tremendous."Kiwi Searancke, Glasgow's coach, criticised both teams for their failure to exploit more of their chances. 'the skill levels for top players in Scotland was poor," he remarked. "Both team had enough opportunities to score tries."In the end a draw was a fair result. Both teams had their chances, and both let too much slip away, most notably in goal-kicking. Tommy Hayes missed a penalty goal and two conversions, all in the first half, and Calvin Howarth's attempt to win the game with a penalty from wide on the left three minutes into injury time drifted wide of near post whereas Brendan Laney kicked two goals in five attempts, his last failure after six minutes of added time from more than 40 metres.Glasgow more than Edinburgh will feel the pressure of the result. After two games in the competition, both against Edinburgh, Glasgow have only two points from a maximum of eight.They need to find winnings ways in a competition in which the prizes for the winners and runners-up are places in the Heineken Cup next season - the last of the three teams in the competition will be consigned to the secondary Parker Pen tournament. In blunt terms that simply means that Glasgow have to beat the Borders at Netherdale on Tuesday afternoon if they are to avoid having to play "catch up" for the remainder of the tournament programme.Laney had his first penalty miss after barely a minute's play. Hayes followed suit 16 minutes later after he had struck a diagonal kick deep into the Edinburgh 22. Almost immediately, a turnover crucially sprung a try for the Edinburgh. A short pass from Hayes was knocked on by Joe Naufahu as the new centre attempted to explode through from halfway, and from the ensuing scrummage Michael Blair slipped away to the right and chipped ahead. Roland Reid was forced to concede a five-metre scrum under hassle from Conan Sharman. Edinburgh turned that scrum into a rolling maul to provide the means for Laney to score a try that he converted from well out on the right.Soon afterwards, however, a turnover almost worked in Glasgow's favour after Naufahu's missile tackle on Tom Philip exploded the ball loose at halfway. Hayes hacked ahead, Steel chased through, and Sharman, covering from the right wing, booted the ball into touch near his left corner. At that lineout Glasgow gained a free kick, but they failed to exploit it. They opted for a scrum, but it turned 90 degrees, and Edinburgh made better use of their put-in as Simon Taylor sent Philip clear almost to halfway.Sharman then opened up from halfway down the right touchline. Reid saved there, typical of how the contest presented chances that could not be completely prised open.However, with half an hour gone, it was then that fortune turned in Glasgow's favour. Off Jon Petrie's take at the tail of a lineout, close to the Edinburgh goal-line, Andrew Henderson's flat, fast, precisely weighted pass sent Glenn Metcalfe through, and though the full back was denied he sent Reid in for the try.Nine minutes later Metcalfe sliced through into the Edinburgh 22, and again Henderson was the main provider as he popped the ball up to Naufahu. The trialist centre broke one tackle before surging on for a debut try.Early in the second half Reid had a go at the left corner, and with about an hour gone Gordon Simpson snaffled Edinburgh's loose lineout ball to charge more like a rhinoceros than a badger. But those were rarities of Glasgow threats in the second half. The home team suffered a drought of possession, and they were on the back foot for far too long, though drawing deep on their resolve to secure their line, not least by Metcalfe. Playing his first game of the season back in his established role at full back, he was awarded the tournament sponsors" man-of-the-match prize.Once Metcalfe was faced with an Edinburgh 3-1 overlap. Yet Blair, Derrick Lee, and Sharman failed to exploit it. Later Todd Blackadder and Sharman, similarly, foundered on Glasgow's last-ditch defensive work. So it was left to Laney to kick the goal that salvaged a draw for Edinburgh.Henderson attempted to snatch the lead back with a drop kick at goal from 40 metres before Howarth and Laney each missed penalty match-winners.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Joe Naufahu, Andrew Henderson, Roland Reid; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Andrew Hall, Gordon Simpson, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Donnie Macfadyen for Wilson (61 minutes), Andy Nicol for Beveridge (62), Andrew Kelly for Harrison (66), Calvin Howarth for Hayes (70), Ben Daly for Simpson (71), Rory McKay for Daly (73).Tries, Reid, Naufahu.Edinburgh - Derrick Lee; Conan Sharman, Alistair Dickson, Tom Philip, Craig Joiner; Brendan Laney, Mick Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Carlo di Ciacca, Craig Smith, Nathan Hines, Guy Perrett, Todd Blackadder (captain), Martin Leslie, Simon Taylor. Substitutes - Allister Hogg for Leslie (45), Dougie Hall for di Ciacca (54), Alastair Kellock for Perrett (65).Try, Laney; conversion, Laney; penalty goal, Laney.Referee - John Hogg (Hawick)Attendance - 4327.Glasgow 10, Edinburgh 10A penalty goal by Brendan Laney, the only score of the second half, denied Glasgow victory in the Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby Cup match against Edinburgh on a damp, dull afternoon at Hughenden today. The result was a draw, though Glasgow had two tries to the visitors" one.Glasgow's tries were scored late in the first half, and both were made by moving the ball flat and wide at pace. At half-time, with Glasgow leading 10-7, those scores seemed to be a clear indication of what might be after the interval. But it was not to be.Glasgow, instead, spent long spells of furious, fearsome defence. It was work that was readily acknowledged by Frank Hadden, the Edinburgh coach: "Glasgow's last-line defence was tremendous."Kiwi Searancke, Glasgow's coach, criticised both teams for their failure to exploit more of their chances. 'the skill levels for top players in Scotland was poor," he remarked. "Both team had enough opportunities to score tries."In the end a draw was a fair result. Both teams had their chances, and both let too much slip away, most notably in goal-kicking. Tommy Hayes missed a penalty goal and two conversions, all in the first half, and Calvin Howarth's attempt to win the game with a penalty from wide on the left three minutes into injury time drifted wide of near post whereas Brendan Laney kicked two goals in five attempts, his last failure after six minutes of added time from more than 40 metres.Glasgow more than Edinburgh will feel the pressure of the result. After two games in the competition, both against Edinburgh, Glasgow have only two points from a maximum of eight.They need to find winnings ways in a competition in which the prizes for the winners and runners-up are places in the Heineken Cup next season - the last of the three teams in the competition will be consigned to the secondary Parker Pen tournament. In blunt terms that simply means that Glasgow have to beat the Borders at Netherdale on Tuesday afternoon if they are to avoid having to play "catch up" for the remainder of the tournament programme.Laney had his first penalty miss after barely a minute's play. Hayes followed suit 16 minutes later after he had struck a diagonal kick deep into the Edinburgh 22. Almost immediately, a turnover crucially sprung a try for the Edinburgh. A short pass from Hayes was knocked on by Joe Naufahu as the new centre attempted to explode through from halfway, and from the ensuing scrummage Michael Blair slipped away to the right and chipped ahead. Roland Reid was forced to concede a five-metre scrum under hassle from Conan Sharman. Edinburgh turned that scrum into a rolling maul to provide the means for Laney to score a try that he converted from well out on the right.Soon afterwards, however, a turnover almost worked in Glasgow's favour after Naufahu's missile tackle on Tom Philip exploded the ball loose at halfway. Hayes hacked ahead, Steel chased through, and Sharman, covering from the right wing, booted the ball into touch near his left corner. At that lineout Glasgow gained a free kick, but they failed to exploit it. They opted for a scrum, but it turned 90 degrees, and Edinburgh made better use of their put-in as Simon Taylor sent Philip clear almost to halfway.Sharman then opened up from halfway down the right touchline. Reid saved there, typical of how the contest presented chances that could not be completely prised open.However, with half an hour gone, it was then that fortune turned in Glasgow's favour. Off Jon Petrie's take at the tail of a lineout, close to the Edinburgh goal-line, Andrew Henderson's flat, fast, precisely weighted pass sent Glenn Metcalfe through, and though the full back was denied he sent Reid in for the try.Nine minutes later Metcalfe sliced through into the Edinburgh 22, and again Henderson was the main provider as he popped the ball up to Naufahu. The trialist centre broke one tackle before surging on for a debut try.Early in the second half Reid had a go at the left corner, and with about an hour gone Gordon Simpson snaffled Edinburgh's loose lineout ball to charge more like a rhinoceros than a badger. But those were rarities of Glasgow threats in the second half. The home team suffered a drought of possession, and they were on the back foot for far too long, though drawing deep on their resolve to secure their line, not least by Metcalfe. Playing his first game of the season back in his established role at full back, he was awarded the tournament sponsors" man-of-the-match prize.Once Metcalfe was faced with an Edinburgh 3-1 overlap. Yet Blair, Derrick Lee, and Sharman failed to exploit it. Later Todd Blackadder and Sharman, similarly, foundered on Glasgow's last-ditch defensive work. So it was left to Laney to kick the goal that salvaged a draw for Edinburgh.Henderson attempted to snatch the lead back with a drop kick at goal from 40 metres before Howarth and Laney each missed penalty match-winners.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Joe Naufahu, Andrew Henderson, Roland Reid; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Andrew Hall, Gordon Simpson, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Donnie Macfadyen for Wilson (61 minutes), Andy Nicol for Beveridge (62), Andrew Kelly for Harrison (66), Calvin Howarth for Hayes (70), Ben Daly for Simpson (71), Rory McKay for Daly (73).Tries, Reid, Naufahu.Edinburgh - Derrick Lee; Conan Sharman, Alistair Dickson, Tom Philip, Craig Joiner; Brendan Laney, Mick Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Carlo di Ciacca, Craig Smith, Nathan Hines, Guy Perrett, Todd Blackadder (captain), Martin Leslie, Simon Taylor. Substitutes - Allister Hogg for Leslie (45), Dougie Hall for di Ciacca (54), Alastair Kellock for Perrett (65).Try, Laney; conversion, Laney; penalty goal, Laney.Referee - John Hogg (Hawick)Attendance - 4327.