Glasgow Out Of Heineken Cup

Borders 28, Glasgow 19Glasgow dropped to the second flight of European rugby this evening. Defeat by the Borders at Netherdale consigned them to playing in the Parker Pen Challenge Cup next season.Glasgow and the Borders have to meet again in a fortnight, this time at Hughenden, but even victory then for the hosts would not lift them out of third place in the Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby Cup, Scottish rugby's European qualifying competition. The Borders, like Edinburgh, are now assured of a Heineken Cup place for next season, though they are still vying with each other for the domestic trophy.A 4-1 try-count left the Borders seeming to have been comfortable winners, statistically at least. Yet in a desperate finale Glasgow had enough chances to have overturned the result. Three times they had the throw-in close to the Borders" goal-line, three times they had the scrummage feed from the same range. But they could make none of those opportunities count.Once, a lineout drive went over the line, though the ball was held up, and when Iain Fairley disrupted Graeme Beveridge at the base of the third of those scrums his pilfering sparked a startling breakout as the Borders swept the length of the field for Nikki Walker to dive in for his team's fourth try. That earned the Borderers a bonus point. It also denied Glasgow a bonus from a narrow defeat as it stretched the margin from four points to nine.In the first half-hour it had looked as though it might be all so different on an evening ideal for rugby. Calvin Howarth opened the scoring after only three minutes with the first of his four penalty goals, though loose ball by Glasgow then allowed the Borders to swing right to left for Gareth Morton to score. Tanner Vili converted and soon added a penalty goal, but Andrew Henderson then produced a try for Glasgow out of the top drawer. The looping Beveridge created the means for Henderson, Glenn Metcalfe, and Jon Steel to liase in a thrust down the right flank, though the centre still had plenty to do before scoring, accelerating through a couple of tackles to run between the posts. Howarth not only converted but also added a penalty goal, and Glasgow led 13-10 after 25 minutes.Immediately, however, the Borders responded of Vili's break, and Townsend, though downed by Andrew Wilson closed to the Glasgow line, fed out for Bruce Douglas to score. The Borders were back ahead, and though Douglas was soon yellow-carded Glasgow lost the advantage when Rory Kerr, too, was sent to the sin-bin. An exchange of penalty goals by Vili and Howarth left the Borders 18-16 ahead at half-time.It was appropriate that Townsend and Vili had been instrumental in Douglas's try as those two had had more influence on the first half than any other, with the stand-off's control and the full back's eager enterprise. Vili produced the goods again when he ran back from Howarth's kick early in the second half. Townsend, too, was involved, and Campbell Feather completed the assault with a run for 30 metres for a try. Vili was injured in that move, but he had already done enough to earn the man-of-the-match award.Thereafter, Glasgow struggled to find a game, especially in losing security in the lineout, and though Howarth hauled them closer with his fourth penalty goal as the clock ran into the final quarter it was only the desperate closing minutes that the visitors looked like saving the game. The Borders lost the sin-binned Feather in holding off that siege, and despite being short-handed it was the home team who scored the game's final try.The Borders - Tanner Vili; Nikki Walker, Gareth Morton, Kevin Utterson, Craig Moir; Gregor Townsend, Iain Fairley; Paul Thomson, Steve Scott, Bruce Douglas, Doddie Weir (captain), Colin Stewart, Andy Rennick, Semo Sititi, Campbell Feather. Substitutes - Tony Walker for Feather (22-27 minutes), George Graham for Feather (34-41), Scott Paterson for Vili (43), Stephen Cranston for Moir (58), Simon Gunn for Scott (61).Tries, Morton, Douglas, Feather, Nikki Walker; conversion, Vili; penalty goals, Vili (2).Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Joe Naufahu, Andrew Henderson, Rory Kerr; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Andrew Hall, Jason White, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Roland Reid for Wilson (half-time), David Hilton for Blades (58), Rory McKay for Ross_(65).Try, Henderson; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth (4).Referee - Geriant Ashton-Jones (England).Borders 28, Glasgow 19Glasgow dropped to the second flight of European rugby this evening. Defeat by the Borders at Netherdale consigned them to playing in the Parker Pen Challenge Cup next season.Glasgow and the Borders have to meet again in a fortnight, this time at Hughenden, but even victory then for the hosts would not lift them out of third place in the Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby Cup, Scottish rugby's European qualifying competition. The Borders, like Edinburgh, are now assured of a Heineken Cup place for next season, though they are still vying with each other for the domestic trophy.A 4-1 try-count left the Borders seeming to have been comfortable winners, statistically at least. Yet in a desperate finale Glasgow had enough chances to have overturned the result. Three times they had the throw-in close to the Borders" goal-line, three times they had the scrummage feed from the same range. But they could make none of those opportunities count.Once, a lineout drive went over the line, though the ball was held up, and when Iain Fairley disrupted Graeme Beveridge at the base of the third of those scrums his pilfering sparked a startling breakout as the Borders swept the length of the field for Nikki Walker to dive in for his team's fourth try. That earned the Borderers a bonus point. It also denied Glasgow a bonus from a narrow defeat as it stretched the margin from four points to nine.In the first half-hour it had looked as though it might be all so different on an evening ideal for rugby. Calvin Howarth opened the scoring after only three minutes with the first of his four penalty goals, though loose ball by Glasgow then allowed the Borders to swing right to left for Gareth Morton to score. Tanner Vili converted and soon added a penalty goal, but Andrew Henderson then produced a try for Glasgow out of the top drawer. The looping Beveridge created the means for Henderson, Glenn Metcalfe, and Jon Steel to liase in a thrust down the right flank, though the centre still had plenty to do before scoring, accelerating through a couple of tackles to run between the posts. Howarth not only converted but also added a penalty goal, and Glasgow led 13-10 after 25 minutes.Immediately, however, the Borders responded of Vili's break, and Townsend, though downed by Andrew Wilson closed to the Glasgow line, fed out for Bruce Douglas to score. The Borders were back ahead, and though Douglas was soon yellow-carded Glasgow lost the advantage when Rory Kerr, too, was sent to the sin-bin. An exchange of penalty goals by Vili and Howarth left the Borders 18-16 ahead at half-time.It was appropriate that Townsend and Vili had been instrumental in Douglas's try as those two had had more influence on the first half than any other, with the stand-off's control and the full back's eager enterprise. Vili produced the goods again when he ran back from Howarth's kick early in the second half. Townsend, too, was involved, and Campbell Feather completed the assault with a run for 30 metres for a try. Vili was injured in that move, but he had already done enough to earn the man-of-the-match award.Thereafter, Glasgow struggled to find a game, especially in losing security in the lineout, and though Howarth hauled them closer with his fourth penalty goal as the clock ran into the final quarter it was only the desperate closing minutes that the visitors looked like saving the game. The Borders lost the sin-binned Feather in holding off that siege, and despite being short-handed it was the home team who scored the game's final try.The Borders - Tanner Vili; Nikki Walker, Gareth Morton, Kevin Utterson, Craig Moir; Gregor Townsend, Iain Fairley; Paul Thomson, Steve Scott, Bruce Douglas, Doddie Weir (captain), Colin Stewart, Andy Rennick, Semo Sititi, Campbell Feather. Substitutes - Tony Walker for Feather (22-27 minutes), George Graham for Feather (34-41), Scott Paterson for Vili (43), Stephen Cranston for Moir (58), Simon Gunn for Scott (61).Tries, Morton, Douglas, Feather, Nikki Walker; conversion, Vili; penalty goals, Vili (2).Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Joe Naufahu, Andrew Henderson, Rory Kerr; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Andrew Hall, Jason White, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Roland Reid for Wilson (half-time), David Hilton for Blades (58), Rory McKay for Ross_(65).Try, Henderson; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth (4).Referee - Geriant Ashton-Jones (England).