Glasgow Concede Six Tries Again

Glasgow 8, Llanelli 34Glasgow conceded six tries in a Heineken Cup match for the second successive week. Sale's half-dozen at Heywood Road a week ago was matched by Llanelli at Hughenden this evening. Garan Evans scored three of them.It was Llanelli's first win in four away games against Glasgow, and, with that result, they qualified for the cup quarter-finals. Glasgow were left to ponder yet another European programme that has passed by without going beyond the first stage.Llanelli did the bulk of the damage in the second quarter of the game. Five of their tries were scored in the space of 17 minutes, two of them by Evans, and the right wing added his third early in the second half. A huge score seemed on the cards then. The scarlet-clad support were demanding 50. More than a thousand Welsh had travelled north for the game, and their numbers in the 3207 crowd seemed far more than that when gauged by the volume of hymns and arias, popular songs, and raucous chants.But Glasgow dug deep into their reserves of resilience. The only other score was a Jon Steel try just before the end of the match.Yet Glasgow had opened with spirit and enterprise. Calvin Howarth's reverse pass released Alan Bulloch on a surging thrust from just inside the visitors" half, and Donnie Macfadyen carried on into the 22. More ought to come of that, though Tommy Hayes opened the scoring with a penalty goal after 12 minutes.Even by then, however, worrying signs appeared for Glasgow. Three times in the first 10 minutes they lost turnovers in good positions, and they then conceded two successive lineouts on their own throws.The first of those touchline losses eventually led to Llanelli's first try, Stephen Jones providing the final touch with an overhead pass to put Barry Davies over after 18 minutes. As Stephen Jones was adding the conversion, Graeme Beveridge limped off, being replaced by Chris Black.Thereafter tries flowed for Llanelli almost at regular five-minute intervals as Glasgow conceded too many turnovers and missed first-up tackles. Matthew Watkins sliced through the middle off a Steel kick ahead for Leigh Davies to put Martyn Madden over in the left corner, Guy Easterby opened the door with a dummy for Evans to score, Stephen Jones then sent Evans in for his second try, and after Glasgow's midfield had been punctured, not for the first time, Stephen Jones slipped away for the fifth try. Stephen Jones converted only his own try for Llanelli to lead 29-3 at the interval.Another turnover was exploited by Llanelli with another Evans try 11 minutes into the second half, and worse might have followed if Michael Bartlett had not held David Hodges up over the goal-line. Llanelli could add no more to their 34-3 lead.Thereafter Glasgow had their moments, with occasional glimpses of what might have been from Alan Bulloch, Steel, Jason White, and, late on, Rory Kerr. But even in one long phase of steady regeneration they gained little. The dozen or more recycling points in that play exceeded the yardage won.Eventually, with little more than a couple of minutes left, Glasgow at last found the way to the Llanelli goal-line. Off a tapped penalty in the visitors" 22 Roland Reid induced a ruck, and for once Glasgow won quick repossession for Gordon Bulloch to send Steel in on the left. Hayes missed the conversion.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Tommy Hayes, Michael Bartlett; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), David Hilton, Nathan Ross, Jason White, Andrew Wilson, Donnie Macfadyen, Gordon Simpson. Substitutes - Chris Black for Beveridge (20 minutes), Roland Reid for Alan Bulloch (65), Andrew Hall for Ross (65), Jon Petrie for Macfadyen (65), Rory Kerr for Moffat (69), Andrew Kelly for Hilton (77).Try, Steel; penalty goal, Hayes.Llanelli - Barry Davies; Garan Evans, Matthew Watkins, Leigh Davies (captain), Mark Jones; Stephen Jones, Guy Easterby; Iestyn Thomas, Robin McBryde, Martyn Madden, Luke Gross, Chris Wyatt, David Hodges, Simon Easterby, Scott Quinnell. Substitutes - Dafydd Jones for Quinnell (58), Matt Cardey for Watkins (65), Dwayne Peel for Guy Easterby (65), John Davies for Madden (69), Gareth Bowen for Stephen Jones (73), Jamie Cudmore for Gross (77), Marcus Thomas for McBryde (77).Tries, Evans (3), Barry Davies, Madden, Stephen Jones; conversions, Stephen Jones (2).Referee - Tony Spreadbury (England).Attendance - 3207.Glasgow 8, Llanelli 34Glasgow conceded six tries in a Heineken Cup match for the second successive week. Sale's half-dozen at Heywood Road a week ago was matched by Llanelli at Hughenden this evening. Garan Evans scored three of them.It was Llanelli's first win in four away games against Glasgow, and, with that result, they qualified for the cup quarter-finals. Glasgow were left to ponder yet another European programme that has passed by without going beyond the first stage.Llanelli did the bulk of the damage in the second quarter of the game. Five of their tries were scored in the space of 17 minutes, two of them by Evans, and the right wing added his third early in the second half. A huge score seemed on the cards then. The scarlet-clad support were demanding 50. More than a thousand Welsh had travelled north for the game, and their numbers in the 3207 crowd seemed far more than that when gauged by the volume of hymns and arias, popular songs, and raucous chants.But Glasgow dug deep into their reserves of resilience. The only other score was a Jon Steel try just before the end of the match.Yet Glasgow had opened with spirit and enterprise. Calvin Howarth's reverse pass released Alan Bulloch on a surging thrust from just inside the visitors" half, and Donnie Macfadyen carried on into the 22. More ought to come of that, though Tommy Hayes opened the scoring with a penalty goal after 12 minutes.Even by then, however, worrying signs appeared for Glasgow. Three times in the first 10 minutes they lost turnovers in good positions, and they then conceded two successive lineouts on their own throws.The first of those touchline losses eventually led to Llanelli's first try, Stephen Jones providing the final touch with an overhead pass to put Barry Davies over after 18 minutes. As Stephen Jones was adding the conversion, Graeme Beveridge limped off, being replaced by Chris Black.Thereafter tries flowed for Llanelli almost at regular five-minute intervals as Glasgow conceded too many turnovers and missed first-up tackles. Matthew Watkins sliced through the middle off a Steel kick ahead for Leigh Davies to put Martyn Madden over in the left corner, Guy Easterby opened the door with a dummy for Evans to score, Stephen Jones then sent Evans in for his second try, and after Glasgow's midfield had been punctured, not for the first time, Stephen Jones slipped away for the fifth try. Stephen Jones converted only his own try for Llanelli to lead 29-3 at the interval.Another turnover was exploited by Llanelli with another Evans try 11 minutes into the second half, and worse might have followed if Michael Bartlett had not held David Hodges up over the goal-line. Llanelli could add no more to their 34-3 lead.Thereafter Glasgow had their moments, with occasional glimpses of what might have been from Alan Bulloch, Steel, Jason White, and, late on, Rory Kerr. But even in one long phase of steady regeneration they gained little. The dozen or more recycling points in that play exceeded the yardage won.Eventually, with little more than a couple of minutes left, Glasgow at last found the way to the Llanelli goal-line. Off a tapped penalty in the visitors" 22 Roland Reid induced a ruck, and for once Glasgow won quick repossession for Gordon Bulloch to send Steel in on the left. Hayes missed the conversion.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Tommy Hayes, Michael Bartlett; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), David Hilton, Nathan Ross, Jason White, Andrew Wilson, Donnie Macfadyen, Gordon Simpson. Substitutes - Chris Black for Beveridge (20 minutes), Roland Reid for Alan Bulloch (65), Andrew Hall for Ross (65), Jon Petrie for Macfadyen (65), Rory Kerr for Moffat (69), Andrew Kelly for Hilton (77).Try, Steel; penalty goal, Hayes.Llanelli - Barry Davies; Garan Evans, Matthew Watkins, Leigh Davies (captain), Mark Jones; Stephen Jones, Guy Easterby; Iestyn Thomas, Robin McBryde, Martyn Madden, Luke Gross, Chris Wyatt, David Hodges, Simon Easterby, Scott Quinnell. Substitutes - Dafydd Jones for Quinnell (58), Matt Cardey for Watkins (65), Dwayne Peel for Guy Easterby (65), John Davies for Madden (69), Gareth Bowen for Stephen Jones (73), Jamie Cudmore for Gross (77), Marcus Thomas for McBryde (77).Tries, Evans (3), Barry Davies, Madden, Stephen Jones; conversions, Stephen Jones (2).Referee - Tony Spreadbury (England).Attendance - 3207.