Glasgow Run In Six Tries Against Edinburgh

Glasgow 45, Edinburgh 33Glasgow's nightmare is over. A new dawn is on the horizon, but the track to the European dream still has its hurdles.Victory against Edinburgh was necessary in the Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby Cup match at Hughenden this evening, and it was achieved with heartening phases of style in a fluctuating contest. It was not without its alarms, but at the end Glasgow had scored six tries to four. A bonus point was in the bag along with the win.Now Glasgow have to win their two remaining games against the Borders, away and then at home. They visit Netherdale a week today, and the reverse fixture will be played at Hughenden two weeks later. Victories in those games are needed if Glasgow are to have any hope of qualifying for European rugby's Heineken Cup next season.Not since late October have Glasgow won a match. But the events of the past week, with the sudden change in the coaching regime, revitalised the Glasgow attitude. The atmosphere in the ground tonight had a rived buzz, the support had returned, and Glasgow repaid that in the appropriate way. They played with the spirit that had been lost in the depths of midwinter.Richie Dixon, Glasgow's caretaker coach, paid due credit to the fans. "We"ve taken a big step towards getting our own people back on side," he remarked. 'the crowd reacted to the players."Rory Kerr set the tone with a try after only five minutes. His raised arm summed up the feelings - of himself, of his colleagues, and the crowd. Glenn Metcalfe finished off the Glasgow scoring, racing round behind the posts with the ball held high in one hand. It was a signal of jubilation. The message was clear: "We are back."Jon Petrie's take at the tail of a close-range lineout was the catalyst for the opening try. Gordon Bulloch rolled round to dent the opposition, and when Calvin Howarth's long pass was flipped on by Metcalfe the space created was enough for the eager Kerr.Nothing could have been more appropriate than for Kerr to score that opening try. The international wing had not started a competitive match under the previous regime this season, but here he was given his chance by the former coach recalled for emergency duty.Howarth kicked the conversion from tight on the left touchline, and though Duncan Hodge responded with a penalty goal Kerr was soon in action again. Bulloch opened the way for Kerr to escape, and Graeme Beveridge carried on deep into the 22 before Howarth finished off on the left.It was 12-3 for Glasgow after 12 minutes, but Edinburgh came back to lead 18-15 and 21-18 in the second quarter. Tom Philip, a constant threat for Edinburgh, cut through in 17 minutes. The Scotland under-21 centre continued to be a constant threat, though only a day-of-the-match replacement for the injured Brendan Laney.Hodge converted the youngster's try, and after a penalty-goal exchange by the two stand-offs Conan Sherman's long run up the right touchline let Scott Murray in to give the visitors the lead for the first time.Howarth and Hodge again swapped penalty goals before the sin-binning of Nathan Hines proved highly advantageous for Glasgow. The offside Hines was retreating past a ruck when he was struck by Beveridge's pass. It seemed almost as if the scrum half had deliberately fired the ball at Hines. Whether or not that was the case, it was a soft yellow-card decision, but Glasgow made the most of it with 17 points during the Edinburgh forward's absence.Glasgow immediately turned on sustained siege, with four switches in the flow, Andy Henderson twice involved, before Joe Naufahu darted through beside the posts. Howarth converted for 15-21 at half-time.Beveridge, Rory McKay, Kerr, and Henderson kept up the pressure after the interval before two tries in little more than a minute took Glasgow 14 points clear. Naufahu made the initial thrust before Howarth twice looped to go over in the right corner off Bulloch's pass, and Andy Hall won turnover ball off which Beveridge dummied through on a half-break to send Metcalfe in on the left.Howarth converted neither try, and as soon as Hines returned Edinburgh fired in a prolonged assault that Dougie Hall finished with a try beside the posts. Hodge converted, and Edinburgh were only seven points adrift.Hall's namesake, Andy, ought to have drawn Glasgow farther head, but he was denied inches from the goal-line. Howarth missed the subsequent penalty, but he kicked one after 64 minutes for 38-28.Three minutes later Metcalfe made the game all but safe for Glasgow. Andrew Wilson made the initial running with an abrasive break from his own half before the full back broke clear to run over on the right round behind the posts for Howarth to convert for 45-28 and a personal haul of 25 points in the match.Edinburgh were not finished, though they had replaced their big guns such as Simon Taylor, Murray, and Mike Blair. They salvaged a bonus try with their fourth try when the persistent Philip broke through on the right after Apolosi Satala had made the initial running on the left, with Alasdair Dickinson in support.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Michael Bartlett, Joe Naufahu, Andy Henderson, Rory Kerr; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Andy Hall, Rory McKay, Jon Petrie, Andrew Wilson. Substitutes - Roland Reid for McKay (52 minutes), David Hilton for Blades (52), Stuart Moffat for Bartlett (73).Tries, Metcalfe (2), Howarth (2), Kerr, Naufahu; conversions, Howarth (3); penalty goals, Howarth (3).Edinburgh - Derrick Lee; Conan Sharman, Alistair Dickson, Tom Philip, Craig Joiner; Duncan Hodge (captain), Mike Blair; Mark Thomson, Dougie Hall, Ramin Mathieson, Guy Perrett, Scott Murray, Nathan Hines, Simon Taylor, Andrew Dall. Substitutes - Simon Cross for Taylor (56), Alastair Kellock for Murray (61), Apolosi Satala for Hines (64), Graeme Burns for Blair (67), Chris Paterson for Lee (69), Alasdair Dickinson for Thomson (71).Tries, Philip (2), Murray, Hall; conversions, Hodge (2); penalty goals, Hodge (3).Referee - Eric Darriere (France).Glasgow 45, Edinburgh 33Glasgow's nightmare is over. A new dawn is on the horizon, but the track to the European dream still has its hurdles.Victory against Edinburgh was necessary in the Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby Cup match at Hughenden this evening, and it was achieved with heartening phases of style in a fluctuating contest. It was not without its alarms, but at the end Glasgow had scored six tries to four. A bonus point was in the bag along with the win.Now Glasgow have to win their two remaining games against the Borders, away and then at home. They visit Netherdale a week today, and the reverse fixture will be played at Hughenden two weeks later. Victories in those games are needed if Glasgow are to have any hope of qualifying for European rugby's Heineken Cup next season.Not since late October have Glasgow won a match. But the events of the past week, with the sudden change in the coaching regime, revitalised the Glasgow attitude. The atmosphere in the ground tonight had a rived buzz, the support had returned, and Glasgow repaid that in the appropriate way. They played with the spirit that had been lost in the depths of midwinter.Richie Dixon, Glasgow's caretaker coach, paid due credit to the fans. "We"ve taken a big step towards getting our own people back on side," he remarked. 'the crowd reacted to the players."Rory Kerr set the tone with a try after only five minutes. His raised arm summed up the feelings - of himself, of his colleagues, and the crowd. Glenn Metcalfe finished off the Glasgow scoring, racing round behind the posts with the ball held high in one hand. It was a signal of jubilation. The message was clear: "We are back."Jon Petrie's take at the tail of a close-range lineout was the catalyst for the opening try. Gordon Bulloch rolled round to dent the opposition, and when Calvin Howarth's long pass was flipped on by Metcalfe the space created was enough for the eager Kerr.Nothing could have been more appropriate than for Kerr to score that opening try. The international wing had not started a competitive match under the previous regime this season, but here he was given his chance by the former coach recalled for emergency duty.Howarth kicked the conversion from tight on the left touchline, and though Duncan Hodge responded with a penalty goal Kerr was soon in action again. Bulloch opened the way for Kerr to escape, and Graeme Beveridge carried on deep into the 22 before Howarth finished off on the left.It was 12-3 for Glasgow after 12 minutes, but Edinburgh came back to lead 18-15 and 21-18 in the second quarter. Tom Philip, a constant threat for Edinburgh, cut through in 17 minutes. The Scotland under-21 centre continued to be a constant threat, though only a day-of-the-match replacement for the injured Brendan Laney.Hodge converted the youngster's try, and after a penalty-goal exchange by the two stand-offs Conan Sherman's long run up the right touchline let Scott Murray in to give the visitors the lead for the first time.Howarth and Hodge again swapped penalty goals before the sin-binning of Nathan Hines proved highly advantageous for Glasgow. The offside Hines was retreating past a ruck when he was struck by Beveridge's pass. It seemed almost as if the scrum half had deliberately fired the ball at Hines. Whether or not that was the case, it was a soft yellow-card decision, but Glasgow made the most of it with 17 points during the Edinburgh forward's absence.Glasgow immediately turned on sustained siege, with four switches in the flow, Andy Henderson twice involved, before Joe Naufahu darted through beside the posts. Howarth converted for 15-21 at half-time.Beveridge, Rory McKay, Kerr, and Henderson kept up the pressure after the interval before two tries in little more than a minute took Glasgow 14 points clear. Naufahu made the initial thrust before Howarth twice looped to go over in the right corner off Bulloch's pass, and Andy Hall won turnover ball off which Beveridge dummied through on a half-break to send Metcalfe in on the left.Howarth converted neither try, and as soon as Hines returned Edinburgh fired in a prolonged assault that Dougie Hall finished with a try beside the posts. Hodge converted, and Edinburgh were only seven points adrift.Hall's namesake, Andy, ought to have drawn Glasgow farther head, but he was denied inches from the goal-line. Howarth missed the subsequent penalty, but he kicked one after 64 minutes for 38-28.Three minutes later Metcalfe made the game all but safe for Glasgow. Andrew Wilson made the initial running with an abrasive break from his own half before the full back broke clear to run over on the right round behind the posts for Howarth to convert for 45-28 and a personal haul of 25 points in the match.Edinburgh were not finished, though they had replaced their big guns such as Simon Taylor, Murray, and Mike Blair. They salvaged a bonus try with their fourth try when the persistent Philip broke through on the right after Apolosi Satala had made the initial running on the left, with Alasdair Dickinson in support.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Michael Bartlett, Joe Naufahu, Andy Henderson, Rory Kerr; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Andy Hall, Rory McKay, Jon Petrie, Andrew Wilson. Substitutes - Roland Reid for McKay (52 minutes), David Hilton for Blades (52), Stuart Moffat for Bartlett (73).Tries, Metcalfe (2), Howarth (2), Kerr, Naufahu; conversions, Howarth (3); penalty goals, Howarth (3).Edinburgh - Derrick Lee; Conan Sharman, Alistair Dickson, Tom Philip, Craig Joiner; Duncan Hodge (captain), Mike Blair; Mark Thomson, Dougie Hall, Ramin Mathieson, Guy Perrett, Scott Murray, Nathan Hines, Simon Taylor, Andrew Dall. Substitutes - Simon Cross for Taylor (56), Alastair Kellock for Murray (61), Apolosi Satala for Hines (64), Graeme Burns for Blair (67), Chris Paterson for Lee (69), Alasdair Dickinson for Thomson (71).Tries, Philip (2), Murray, Hall; conversions, Hodge (2); penalty goals, Hodge (3).Referee - Eric Darriere (France).